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Will Dez Bryant finish as the top scoring wide receiver this season?

Dez Bryant is one of the greatest wide receivers in the NFL and will be eager to produce yet another phenomenal season as the number one wideout for the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant led the league in touchdowns last season, catching 16 touchdown passes in the 16 regular season games. The Dallas number 88, who also broke the most receiving touchdowns in franchise history in 2014, will be excited for the new season after signing a five-year, $70 million contract extension with the Cowboys. Jason Garrett will be expecting big things from Bryant throughout the upcoming campaign. Supporters of opposing teams have suggested that the wideout isn’t worthy of his pricey contract but Dallas fans believe their man is the best in the division and have voiced their opinions on social media.

Bryant was a threat all over the field and caused problems for opposing secondary units throughout the NFL. The NFC East was incredibly competitive last season yet the Dallas wideout managed to rack up 553 receiving yards, eight touchdowns and caught 33 of his 49 targets in just six matches. Bryant remains a key member of the Cowboys’ offense and Dallas look well placed for a playoff push if the wideout can stay healthy. He offers Dallas a potent threat on every play and is exceptional at goal-line fade opportunities due to his sheer size and power. Bryant certainly believes in his own ability and has insisted that he will continue to give his all for the team and his role will not change, despite the huge contract.

While Bryant may be the best wide receiver in the NFC, there are plenty of outstanding candidates for the title of number one wideout in the AFC. Pittsburgh Steelers star Antonio Brown was influential in their success last season and it could be argued that Brown, a three-time Pro Bowler, is the cream of the crop in the NFL. Playing under Ben Roethlisberger, he has flourished throughout the past couple of years and is now on par with Bryant. Meanwhile, Demaryius Thomas also remains a key player for the Denver Broncos and will be looking to help Peyton Manning challenge for a second Super Bowl ring before his imminent retirement. At the time of writing, Thomas is priced at 15/2 in the NFL odds to finish the regular season with the most receiving yards.
Bryant, however, will take some stopping this season. The Dallas wideout will be desperate for the opening game of the season against NFC East rivals New York Giants and will be looking to continue his sensational form against the divisional rivals. Dallas will fancy their chances of winning the division for the second consecutive year and Bryant will be a key reason for their achievements. It wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Bryant rank amongst the top wide receivers in the sport once again in 2015.

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