Cowboys owner Jerry Jones takes a subtle shot at Dez BryantBy Ryan Ward
In the last couple of weeks, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has been vocal about his team’s wide receiver position.
Jones once again decided to voice his feelings about that matter during an interview with 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday that the team hasn’t had a true No.1 wide receiver in quite some time, via Todd Archer of ESPN.
“I’m basically giving you my definition of a No. 1 receiver, and it is Julio Jones. It is the guy we played the other night [DeAndre Hopkins],” Jones told the station. “Those are the guys. There’s not but about a handful of those in the NFL.”
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These comments have been viewed as an indirect shot at former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant. Bryant spent the first eight years of his career with the franchise. Bryant had some highly productive campaigns during his tenure with the team that would suggest otherwise to Jones’ stance.
The 29-year-old was among the most productive players at his position from 2012-2014. He posted at least 88 catches for 1,200 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns in each campaign. Bryant was playing like a legitimate wide receiver during that span while receiving at least 138 targeted throws in his direction each year during that stretch.
Bryant did issue a response where he decided to take the high road by stating that the Cowboys didn’t play in an offensive system that made him the No.1 option rather it was former Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten with that responsibility. Nonetheless, this just adds to what has been an ongoing situation that has continued to linger the longer the three-time Pro Bowler remains unsigned.