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Dez Bryant Scenario: More Haynesworth than Dillon?

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  1. 1. If the Patriots should inquire or even acquire into Dez Bryant at some point, what path is he more likely to follow?

    • Corey Dillon (Pro Bowler/Won Super Bowl)
    • Albert Haynesworth (Injured Riddled/Cut Mid-Season)


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We know the history the Pats have with signing controversial players. The results have been mixed, but generally the consensus is the Pats get good results more often than not. With the Patriots questionable receiving depth, one idea thrown out there has been to bring in Bryant. Given the interest in Eric Decker, the chances of Dez signing right now appear slim. However, should we find ourselves watching Bryant play for the Patriots in 2018, which former player do you think Bryant will resemble more in terms of success?

 

Corey Dillon had a few very productive seasons including one Pro Bowl and won a Super Bowl in his first season.

Albert Haynesworth came in, got hurt, struggled after preseason and was cut before contributing anything meaningful.

 

Is Dez more of a Dillon player, or Haynesworth player in 2018?

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I voted Dillon, but I think I'd go more in-between. I'd expect Bryant to be a solid No. 4 option and red zone weapon who scores 7-8 touchdowns but doesn't put up a ton of yards.

If we bring in Bryant, it'll be I think as a jump-ball specialist and a red-zone weapon instead of a regular starter. He's still a freak on jump balls and will demand goal-line attention, so I think he comes in on those packages and him and Gronkowski could combine for 16-17 TDs because defenses have to pick which guy to cover more carefully.

With Bryant, I'd expect these stats from our top few WR group (still hoping Mitchell's healthy):

Julian Edelman - 70 receptions, 800 yards, 4 TDs

Chris Hogan - 30 receptions, 400 yards, 3 TDs

Malcolm Mitchell (IF HEALTHY) - 50 receptions, 625 yards, 5 TDs

Dez Bryant - 30 receptions, 300 yards, 7 TDs

Phillip Dorsett - 35 receptions, 450 yards, 2 TDs

... and Gronk should go for 1,000 again.

Please be healthy Malcolm...

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Dez Bryant is 100% a Haynesworth. Dude got by on his absurd athleticism and can't admit that he isnt 21 anymore and has to learn better route running and timing. 

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Bryant is a Haynesworth.  He looked like toast last year.  He can't get separation anymore.  He's going to be a Jimmy Graham type.  High TD potential since he's still elite in the red zone, but the yards and catches will be low.

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Just now, keysersoze3421 said:

Bryant is a Haynesworth.  He looked like toast last year.  He can't get separation anymore.  He's going to be a Jimmy Graham type.  High TD potential since he's still elite in the red zone, but the yards and catches will be low.

Exactly. That's why I'd say not a mid-season cut but not a Pro Bowler.

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2 minutes ago, AlNFL19 said:

Exactly. That's why I'd say not a mid-season cut but not a Pro Bowler.

True.  There's no one in the league that has the same "my ball" mentality that Dez has.

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Corey Dillon was injured and splitting time with Rudi Johnson in his last year in Cincy. His "character concerns" were because he was sick and tired of losing.

Edited by Elky

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If we're bringing in Eric Decker over him for workouts, I don't think we have much interest in Dez.

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On 8/1/2018 at 9:03 PM, keysersoze3421 said:

True.  There's no one in the league that has the same "my ball" mentality that Dez has.

Ya 30 years ago. Hes fried put a fork in him.

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Haynesworth for sure. 

Maybe best case scenario a 2016 Martellus Bennett, more likely a 2017 James Harrison. 

Definitely not a Corey Dillon.

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