Bobby Hebert: Dez just needs to contribute

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The New Orleans Saints signed former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant to a one year deal.  The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert is cautiously optimistic about the move.

“The Saints are all-in.  My understanding is the contract’s a one year deal with zero tolerance.  I’d be surprised if Dez Bryant is not a good soldier, though.  And, he can contribute.  Dez doesn’t have to come in here and be the #1 wide receiver.  The Saints have Michael Thomas already.” 

Third year wide out Michael Thomas leads the Saints in just about every receiving category, having hauled in 70 receptions for 880 yards, but there hasn’t been much production from the rest of the receiving corps.  Ted Ginn Jr. was lost for the season, and rookie Tre’Quan Smith has 12 receptions for 214 yards. 

Beyond the receivers, running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Ben Watson have combined for 719 yards on 77 receptions.

“Bryant is only 30 years old and a three time Pro Bowler,” Hebert continued.  “He had three consecutive seasons with over 1,000 yards receiving from 2012-2014.”

In addition, Bryant was a First-Team All Pro player in 2014, when he racked up 1,320 yards receiving and led the NFL in receiving touchdowns with 16. 

Hebert again stressed that Bryant won’t be expected to put up those kinds of numbers.  “All Dez has to do is be one of the top three receivers that Drew [Brees] can rely on and count on.”

Listen to SportsTalk with the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert weekdays 4 till 8pm on WWL - 105.3FM, 870AM, WWL.com and the RADIO.com app. 

 

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