Football betting handicappers think that rookie wideout Dez Bryant is a big reason for the renewed football gambling optimism in Big D as he brings much needed playmaking ability.
Bryant suffered an ankle sprang early in a training camp workout and was feared to be out for the entire preseason. Recent prognosis reports however indicate that Bryant’s recovery is ahead of schedule and that he could be back for the Cowboys final two preseason games.
“I feel I got a big shot,” said Bryant. “Hopefully, if I feel real good, I’m going to get in their ear, beg them to get back on the field.”
Bryant has been out since the July 30 incident at San Antonio. If his progress continues he could make his debut on August 28 at Houston or September 2 against Miami.
“He’s doing well and we expected him to do well, by the way,” said Cowboys owner Jerry Jones. “We had expectations, and I’m hopeful we will have him back for those last two preseason games.”
Dallas began the preseason with a win over Cincinnati in the Hall of Fame Game 17-6 as they beat the football odds as 3-point dogs. The Cowboys then lost their home preseason opener to the Oakland Raiders 9-17 as 3-point chalks. Both games went under the total.
Bryant was on the sidelines for the Oakland game wearing a walking boot. He has been doing aerobic work and power walks on a treadmill in addition to rehab exercises.
“I feel pain free,” said Bryant. “I hope they have something harder for me because what I’m doing now is kind of light. The only thing that’s hard about it is just watching the other guys run routes, knowing I can’t be out there to help.”
Bryant gives Dallas quarterback Tony Romo a much needed weapon that will make the Dallas offense more divers and the team more of an asset with the NFL lines.
The big hurdle still facing Bryant is the ability to cut.
“I can’t cut the way I want to,” said Bryant. “It doesn’t give out. I don’t get enough push.”
The Cowboys next preseason football betting matchup is on August 21 at San Diego.