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Memo to Dallas Cowboys: Stop Taking Dez Bryant for Granted

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There’s a reason why most teams don’t have their number one receiver or cornerback doing kickoff or punt returns? It’s not because they aren’t capable or that they haven’t done it in college. Most of them have done it and have excelled at it too. The return game is a dangerous one, so much so that they changed the kickoff rules to try and lessen the amount of returns in an attempt to curb injuries.

While Dez Bryant does punt returns and not kickoffs, the chance of injury still goes through the roof on these plays 275 pound men get 40/50-yard running starts before making contact with the ball carrier. Earlier this year Jerry Jones criticized the Dallas Cowboys’ coaches’ decision making after Bryant was injured AGAIN on a punt return, yet the moment he was reportedly back to full health, they sent him back out there to return punts again!

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There is a time and a place for a team to put their biggest playmaker out there despite the risk of injury.  The time to do this is in end of game situations with the game on the line or in the playoffs where the risk is worth the reward. A few years ago the Tennessee Titans placed Chris Johnson back to return kickoffs, but it was in the playoffs. The reward far outweighed the risk!

Why did the Cowboys put Dez Bryant on punt returns against the winless St. Louis Rams? Did Dallas really need to risk Bryant going on injured reserve to ensure the victory over the Rams? There’s no need to give 6th graders shots of steroids before the playground recess kickball matchup versus the 5th grade “special class”.

I’ve heard some say that Bryant didn’t get injured and that he called fair catch on most returns. So, if he’s fair catching for fear of injury, what’s the point? There’s no one else they can put back there that can fair catch the ball? What if Bryant dropped the ball and got clobbered trying to recover it?

Dallas is playing Russian Roulette here and it’s stupid.

Jayson Braddock is an NFL Scout / NFL Writer & On-Air Personality. Jayson is also a football insider for the Dylan Gwinn show on 790 AM in Houston, TX - Listeners NOT in the Houston metropolitan area can hear Jayson on iheart radio or sports790.com. You can also catch Jayson on Sirius XM Fantasy Sports Radio with Scott Engel and the morning crew every Thursday at 10:30am ET. You may email Jayson directly @ [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @JaysonBraddock