Dez Bryant's future in Dallas is anything but clear, the Rams make a heist in broad daylight, and Tom Brady's combine troubles. All that and more in this week's 10-Point Stance. 1. Is Dez done? There are few teams in the NFL, if any, that believe Dez Bryant is still a major force at receiver. Consider the phrases some teams used with me to describe him: "possession receiver," "lost a step," "second or third option." He's viewed by some teams as a rapidly declining talent, and many wonder if he can be a great receiver again. But what I've learned about Bryant over the years is that you doubt him at your own peril. He remains one of the most mentally and physically tough players of his generation. So as some teams, possibly even the Cowboys, plot his demise, be careful, because Bryant is still capable of surprising everyone. "I'm still working," Bryant told 105.3 The Fan, per Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. "I'm still grinding. I feel like I'm grinding more than ever because of me, not because of nobody else. It's something that I want to do. It's something I feel like I have to do. "I let a lot of things get in the way that should have never got in the way. I'm ready to make my mark. I don't care what nobody is talking about. I couldn't care less. Everybody that ain't with Dez Bryant, they can kiss my ass." That's the Bryant doubters had better watch out for. Still, there are legitimate concerns. Bryant no longer terrifies defenses the way he once did. And more troubling, his productivity has declined sharply. Bryant played a full 16-game season last year but had just 69 catches, 838 yards and six touchdowns. He hasn't had more than 1,000 yards receiving since 2014. The Cowboys also appear willing to publicly challenge Bryant in ways they wouldn't have dared just three or four years ago. Take what Stephen Jones, the team's executive vice president, said about Bryant at the Senior Bowl: "The other thing that we all see, and it is certainly visible to anyone who watches our games, watches our sideline, is Dez is certainly a fiery guy who plays with a lot of emotion both on and off the field," Jones told the Dallas Morning News. "Sometimes that can be a distraction. It can be a distraction for Dez; it can be a distraction for other teammates. And we just have to really get our hands around when you put all the full body of work together where that's headed." Where all of this is leading is still unknown, but a departure from Dallas isn't out of the question for the 29-year-old. His salary will count $16.5 million against the team's cap, and if the Cowboys release him, they could save about half of that money. (Remember, though, teams can always find creative ways to restructure deals if they want to keep a player). Bryant is one of the best pure talents I've ever covered. Despite his reputation for sometimes being emotional, he did whatever was asked of him on the field. And while some teams may be ready to write him off, to me, he's not done. Not yet.
Have the Cowboys Had Enough of Dez?
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