Several seasons ago, Bryant served as a reliable No. 1 receiver when Prescott was a young quarterback. Now, Bryant is an older wideout who is possibly entering his final seasons, and Prescott is an elite quarterback approaching free agency.
It’s been some time since the two were together, but Bryant and Prescott are using 2021 to reunite.
Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant teamed up in Dallas
Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott found himself pressed into action in the summer of 2016.
Veteran signal-caller Tony Romo suffered a back injury during the preseason. Then-Cowboys coach Jason Garrett named Prescott, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi State, as the starting quarterback.
Across the 2016-17 seasons, Bryant hauled in 119 catches for 1,634 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bryant added nine receptions for 132 yards and two scores in the Cowboys’ NFC divisional round loss to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers in January 2017.
Their paths split after the 2017 season
Despite not being a first-round pick, Dak Prescott quickly grew into one of the league’s top young quarterbacks.
That rise partially took place without Dez Bryant, though. Dallas didn’t re-sign Bryant after the 2017 season ended, and he spent the first half of the 2018 campaign as a free agent.
Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints that November. He suffered an Achilles injury before playing a game with the Saints, though, and ended the year on injured reserve.
After sitting out the entire 2019 season, Bryant signed with Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in October 2020. Bryant hauled in six catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns in six games this past season.
From 2018-20, Prescott completed 66.6% of his passes for 10,643 yards, 61 touchdowns, and 23 interceptions. After shredding defenses for 371.2 yards per game in his first five outings last year, Prescott missed the rest of the season with a right ankle injury.
Dak Prescott and Dez Brant are teammates again
Dak Prescott and Dez Bryant are reuniting — but not on the football field, at least right now.
Bryant and Prescott each invested in Oxefit, an exercise gear company based in Plano, Texas. The recently retired-Jason Witten, along with Cowboys tight end Blake Jarwin, also invested in the company.
Longtime Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas joined those four. According to USA Today, OxeFit announced it had already raised $12.5 million.
As for an on-field reunion, Prescott will either hit free agency or re-sign with Dallas in the coming weeks. Between Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb, the Cowboys have enough receiving depth that they may not need to bring Bryant back for a second stint, though.