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Troy Brown: Patriots don't need Dez Bryant

Connor Donahue
August 23, 2018 - 3:30 pm

There's no debating the Patriots have a lot of new faces on offense this season. 

With the release of one of those new faces in wide receiver Kenny Britt, there's certainly a chance the Patriots are looking bring in another weapon for Tom Brady. According to former Patriot Troy Brown, that weapon shouldn't be Dez Bryant. 

"They don’t need Dez right now," Brown said on NBC Sports Boston. "I just don’t think he’s the type of guy, the type of receiver, that they want in this type of offense. Obviously, people are seeing some things in the guy that they don’t care for a whole lot. I just don’t think he runs the type of routes the Patriots want from a receiver right now. That’s the kind of guy they’re trying to find, but I just don’t think they should waste their time on Dez Bryant. He’s not as explosive as he used to be."

Brown is right, and the numbers prove it. Bryant played in all 16 games last season putting up just 838 yards and six touchdowns on 69 receptions. These numbers are far from his numbers from 2012 to 2014 where Bryant was putting up 1,200-plus yards a season and double-digit touchdowns. The numbers are dwindling for the 29-year-old. 

If the Patriots are looking to give Tom Brady help, Brown would like them to look elsewhere.