Dez Bryant's future prospects; Matt Ryan, Falcons debunk myth – NFL.com

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include:

— How the Falcons are debunking a myth about team-building.

— Why the Cowboys could finally unlock Tavon Austin‘s potential.

— What’s with this new tune Ben Roethlisberger‘s singing?

But first, a look at the uncertain future of a former All-Pro …

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Is it over?

That’s the question of the day regarding Dez Bryant‘s future. The 29-year-old carries a résumé that features three Pro Bowl nods, 531 receptions, 73 touchdowns and almost 7,500 receiving yards, but there is speculation No. 88 might have played his last snap in the NFL.

This might catch some by surprise, given Bryant’s status as an elite receiver a few years ago, but interest in his services has been lacking since the Dallas Cowboys unceremoniously cut bait a few weeks ago. Sure, the timing of his release — on the eve of the 2018 NFL Draft — didn’t help his prospects, but the market for the former WR1 presently seems cool as can be.

Evidently, teams have looked at the tape and discovered the same issues that bothered me when I studied Bryant’s game over the past year. He is unable to create consistent separation, and his inability to get away from defenders makes life tough on his quarterback. In addition, Bryant is an inconsistent route runner and pass catcher, which makes it tough to depend on him as a No. 1 receiver. I wrote about this stuff during the regular season, and the issues remained prominent when I reviewed Bryant’s tape shortly after the season ended. That’s why I wasn’t surprised to see the Cowboys move on from their former WR1, despite his royalty status within

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