Dez Bryant’s No. 1 factor in choosing a new team should be quarterback

If Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant has lost a step and/or other physical attributes after eight NFL seasons, it’s true that quarterback Dak Prescott had no role in the veteran’s release. If Bryant can still play like he used to, Prescott definitely had a hand in the divorce, because it was Prescott’s reluctance to throw the ball to Bryant that kept Bryant from producing in a way that justified his status and salary as a No. 1 receiver.

And so, as Bryant looks for a new team on a belated basis, his No. 1 factor should be finding a quarterback who will throw the ball in his direction far more frequently that Dak did.

The Titans were busy in NFL free agency, adding running back Dion Lewis and cornerback Malcolm Butler. As yet another team handing its base 3-4 defense over to a new coordinator in Dean Pees, Tennessee with this pick has a chance to pile on the pass rush behind Derrick Morgan (29) and Brian Orakpo (31), both of whom become free agents in 2019. Hubbard has a nose for the QB no matter how he’s aligned.

Dontari Poe is gone, and Athyba Rubin and Courtney Upshaw are not under contract, either. So the Falcons need a versatile, explosive option for their defensive line rotation to support tackle Grady Jarrett. Payne is the best fit for Atlanta should he slip this far, but Bryan would be a nice consolation prize.

The Devils selected Anderson with the 73rd overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. The third-round selection was the Devils’ third player taken in the Draft behind  Michael McLeod and Nathan Bastian.

Anderson recently finished his sophomore season at Minnesota-Duluth, where he helped the team win the NCAA title. He finished with 27 points in 36 games.

Anderson was also named captain of Team USA during the World Junior Championships .

While Anderson could play with the Devils in the 2017-18 playoffs, the Devils certainly added another future forward option to the organization at the start of next season.

The right wing possesses plenty of offensive skill that earned him spots on the past two Team USA World Junior Championship rosters, and during each of his two collegiate seasons, he reached the NCAA Frozen Four with Minnesota-Duluth.dolphins_303

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