Cowboys WR Dez Bryant to Train with Workout Guru to Get Better This Offseason

Dez Bryant has yet to sit down with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to discuss his future with the franchise.

Now that the first wave of free agency has come and gone without a marquee wide receiver landing in Dallas, however, Bryant is working to improve his standing with the team, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reports.

On the heels of a disappointing 2017 season, Bryant plans to train with personal wide receivers coach David Robinson next month, NFL Network’s Jane Slater recently reported.

The regimen is the wideout’s equivalent to the offseason tweaks and tune-ups that quarterbacks undergo with noted passing gurus such as Tom House, Adam Dedeaux, George Whitfield and Jordan Palmer. Among the players benefitting from Robinson’s tutelage to date: Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, Jordan Reed and Cowboys teammate Brice Butler.

Asked for details on the upcoming workouts, Robinson told Slater that he would concentrate on expansion of Bryant’s route tree, shaking defenders at the line of scrimmage and improving footwork technique to compensate for natural loss of speed due to the aging process.

Robinson’s program reads like a checklist of criticisms encountered by Bryant during an ongoing streak of 23 consecutive regular-season games without a 100-yard performance.

It’s especially noteworthy that the three-time Pro Bowl selection is working with a route guru after NFL Network analyst Steve Smith highlighted Bryant’s shortcomings in that area prior to a late-November game last season.

“One thing that I’ve noticed with top-tier guys, they have a Ph.D. in route running,” Smith explained. “They can run every route on the route tree. With Dez as he’s becoming older … you have to be able to run all of those routes because your speed, you lose a step a little bit, you’re not as fast as you used to be when you were twentysomething.”


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