The Dallas Cowboys don’t have a shortage of talent on offense — highlighted by Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott — but the 2016-17 No. 1 seed in the NFC may be even more dangerous in 2017-18 with Bryant potentially returning punts for the team next season.
Bryant is reportedly returning punts whenever possible during organized team activities, according to Sports Day’s Jon Machota.
Machota quoted Bryant talking about wanting to return kicks, and he definitely believes he could handled it.
Via Sports Day:
“I’m always in Coach [Rich] Bisaccia’s ear,” Bryant said. “That’s why I’m back there practicing. I’m going to get me one of them, I’m telling you. I’m going to crib it. I’m telling you I’m going to score.”
Bryant being confident about his return abilities shouldn’t come as a surprise, as Bryant has shown in college at Oklahoma State and early in his professional career that he’s incredibly dangerous returning punts.
However, it’s very unlikely Bryant gets an opportunity to return kicks anytime soon, as the team did just draft an all-purpose player in Ryan Switzer in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Plus, with how valuable Bryant is to the Cowboys’ offense, risking him getting hurt on special teams wouldn’t be the best idea for a team trying to win a Super Bowl.
Bryant had 50 receptions for 796 yards and eight touchdowns in 2016.