First NFL Game: Dez Bryant


Picked by the Cowboys with the 24th overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, the team and its fans had a lot of hopes on Dez Bryant. He’d had a very successful career at Oklahoma State University where in 28 games he had 2,425 receiving yards and 29 touchdown receptions. Transitioning to the NFL can be tough though. How did Dez Bryant do in his very first NFL game?

Dez Bryant took the field for the first time in an NFL regular season game on the road against the Washington Redskins. That September 12, 2010 game saw Bryant take the field with Tony Romo as his quarterback, Felix Jones and Marion Barber in the backfield, and Miles Austin and Roy Williams joining him at wide receiver. This also happened to be quarterback Donovan McNabb’s first game as quarterback of the Redskins.

Tony Romo completed the first four passes he threw in the game, the first to Miles Austin, the second to Martellus Bennett, and the third and the fourth went to Dez Bryant. That first catch for Bryant was good for a two yard gain and saw him tackled by Rocky McIntosh of Washington. That second reception was good for a loss of one yard. By the time halftime came, Bryant had racked up 26 receiving yards and the Cowboys were behind by a score of 10-0. Dez Bryant went on to catch another four passes in the second half, but it wasn’t enough for the team to be victorious, losing 13-7.

Dez Bryant finishes the game with eight receptions for 56 yards and no touchdowns. His longest catch of his first game was good for 15 yards. Not a bad start for a receiver who would go on to prove himself a serious threat in the NFL.

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