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The second takeaway from the game is that the Cowboys need to get Dez Bryant more involved in the offense.
Against the Saints, Bryant was targeted just twice, bringing in one reception for 44 yards. It didn’t help that in the red zone, the Saints were double-teaming him before the snap, bringing a safety down with their cornerback to jam Bryant at the line of scrimmage. Due to the disappearing act of Miles Austin this season and the Cowboys’ inability to develop a consistent second threat beside Bryant, this allowed the Saints secondary to key in on him to hold him to one of his most unproductive games of the season.
Bryant has played well all season, catching 52 of the 90 passes he has been targeted on for 749 yards and eight touchdowns.
Although this hasn’t been a trend all season, the Cowboys need to develop consistency with rookie receiver Terrance Williams. Williams has 498 receiving yards and five touchdowns, which are all good marks for a rookie, but he has had a very limited impact in his last three games. Williams has five receptions, despite being targeted 22 times, for 118 yards and two touchdowns.
If Williams can start to make secondaries more aware of his abilities, this will ease a lot of pressure on Bryant. Defenses will no longer be able to double-team Bryant without being burned by someone else downfield, which will allow Bryant to make a larger impact.