Jason Witten predicted his former teammate Dez Bryant would end up in Green Bay this offseason, but does it make sense for him to sign with the Packers? Here’s five reasons why he’s a perfect fit with Aaron Rodgers in this offense.
He tried to walk it back after saying it, but the cat was already out of the bag. Dez Bryant with Aaron Rodgers and the Packers playing eight times a year at the sight of Bryant’s most infamous play/non-play.
When Jason Witten predicted his former teammate would end up in Green Bay catching passes from the two-time MVP, defensive coordinators in the NFC must have had their hearts stop for a brief moment.
Bryant isn’t the man-handler of cornerbacks he used to be and he was never a speed receiver to begin with, but he’s still a big, physical receiver who wins at the catch point and will run hard after the catch. The proposition of Dez throwing up the “X” playing with Rodgers isn’t as scary as it would have been in say 2014 when Bryant was arguably the best receiver in the league and Rodgers won the MVP, but it should still give opposing teams acid reflux.
Here’s five reasons why the Packers should sign Dez Bryant.
5. Bryant is better than any of the current secondary receivers
The question for the Packers isn’t, “Is Dez prime Dez?” but rather “Is Dez better than our other options?” With Geronimo Allison, a former undrafted free agent set to be the Packers boundary receiver opposite Davante Adams, it should be somewhat obvious Bryant is better.
Bryant doesn’t alleviate the concerns about speed in this receiving core, but either does Allison who is a 4.6 40 guy.
New GM Brian Gutekunst may have drafted three receivers, but rookies are generally bad at the position and none were top-100 picks (more on this later). That leaves Allison, 2017 UDFA Michael Clark or Trevor Davis who has primarily been used a punt returner for the Packers. When Green Bay had a chance to start someone late in the year with Jordy Nelson out, it was Clark, not Davis who got the call.
There’s a reason Gutekunst went triplicate on receivers in the draft: the other options just aren’t very good.