Bryant caught nine of 12 targets for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers. After a slow start, Bryant broke out with a 40-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and scored again on a leaping seven-yard play in the fourth that completed the Cowboys' comeback. Unfortunately the Packers were able to pull out the victory, but Bryant got the postseason monkey off his back, as the two touchdowns were the first of his playoff career, and he led the team in targets, catches and yards as well. He displayed a growing rapport with Dak Prescott throughout the season and could return to the upper echelon of NFL wideouts next year if he can remain healthy.
Bryant failed to catch his only target in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17. He didn't finish the game, as the Cowboys rested all of their key personnel in advance of the postseason, but Bryant did still make an impact as he drew a pass interference penalty inside the five yard line to help set up Dallas' only TD of the day. He had another disappointing statistical campaign due to injuries, catching 50 passes on 97 targets for 796 yards and eight touchdowns in 13 games, but the 28-year-old could be a bargain at the draft table next year if he stays healthy and continues to develop chemistry with Dak Prescott.
Bryant caught four of five targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's game against the Lions. He also connected with Jason Witten for a 10-yard touchdown on his only pass attempt of the game. Bryant helped swing the momentum in his team's favor Monday with a 25-yard touchdown catch that tied just before the half, and he helped break the game open by finding a wide open Witten off of a reverse in the third quarter before grabbing his second score early in the fourth. He became the fifth player in NFL history to catch two touchdown passes and throw for another in the same game, bringing his total to nine in 12 games played this season. Bryant and the rest of the starters will play next week against the Eagles as they look to close out a strong and improbable regular season slate.
Bryant (back) is listed as active Monday versus the Lions, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. With home-field advantage clinched in the NFC, the Cowboys don't have to expose their key players, Bryant among them, to unnecessary risk. However, with contact nearly non-existent in practice at this point in the season, any reps taken by Bryant and company will keep them in game mode as they approach a bye in the wild-card round of the playoffs. With the Lions' No. 1 cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) sitting out Monday, Bryant should find openings in a defense that has allowed 10.1 YPC and five touchdowns to wideouts over the last five games.
Bryant (back) is listed as questionable for Monday's contest against the Lions, the Dallas Morning News reports. The Cowboys abide by a policy in which players present on the first injury report of the week will receive a questionable designation, at best, for the ensuing game day. Bryant himself shrugged off a back injury this week and logged three consecutive uninhibited practices, yet he's been handed the obligatory Q heading into Monday. Facing a secondary that's expected to be without Darius Slay (hamstring), Bryant should find room to operate versus a defense that has given up five touchdowns to wide receivers over the last five contests.
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