Cowboys' Bryant looks to get back on track

BY foxsports • September 19, 2012

IRVING – Dez Bryant finished with 17 yards on three catches Sunday against Seattle. Statistically, it was the least amount of production the Cowboys have received from Bryant since his rookie season in 2010.

Bryant, who was targeted seven times against the Seahawks, wasn't a factor late in several games last season and that trend has continued through the first two contests this year. The former first-round pick continues to go long stretches without a catch. He went nearly four quarters between grabs from Week 1 to Week 2, and the reception that ended that drought was fumbled and recovered by Doug Free.

After Sunday's game, Bryant was visibly upset by his performance, sitting at his locker with his head down for several minutes after the majority of the offense had departed.

"There were plays I should have made and I didn't," Bryant said Sunday. "You just got to move on from it."

With a total of seven receptions for 102 yards through two games, why hasn't Bryant been more of a factor?

Many would say it's because he and quarterback Tony Romo are frequently not on the same page. But Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn't mention that when he described Bryant's struggles Wednesday before practice. Garrett said it was because of "different things," which included the Cowboys' offense having so many options and only one ball to go around.

That's understandable for one game, but Bryant has only one 100-yard receiving game in his career and hasn't caught a touchdown since Week 15 last year in Tampa Bay.

"To be honest with you, (the Seahawks) have good cover corners," Garrett said. "At different times, our protection wasn't as good as it needed to be. Dez was open on a couple of situations where we weren't able to get him the ball. He was open on a couple of situations where he didn't finish the play himself.

"Dez is like everybody else, you just got to keep playing through the tough parts of the ball game. He's certainly a big part of what we're doing. The defensive teams that we go against know who No. 88 is and we certainly do to. We're going to try to help him get going and he's got a big part in that as well."