NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Last season the Giants had major problems stopping the Dallas Cowboys’ three best skill position players.
The good news is running back DeMarco Murray, who won the NFL’s rushing title by more than 500 yards, left via free agency earlier this offseason for Philadelphia and there’s no guarantee he will be as successful in Chip Kelly’s spread offense.
Though the Cowboys replaced Murray with veteran Darren McFadden, they figure to employ a pass-first offense, with a quarterback in Tony Romo who threw for 3,705 yards, 34 touchdowns and just nine interceptions last season.
But that passing game may not be the same if veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t get a new, long-term contract very soon.
Bryant’s status is in question now that he has told the Cowboys he’s prepared to sit out training camp and regular season games if he doesn’t get what he wants by Wednesday’s deadline.
The Giants open the 2015 season on Sept. 13 against the Cowboys in Dallas in prime time.
Now in his sixth season, Bryant has topped 1,000 yards receiving three straight seasons, including an 88-catch, 1,320-yard campaign in 2014 in which he led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns.
According to ESPN, Bryant wants to be compensated like the top receiver in the league and seems to have no intention of signing his one-year franchise tag tender offer, which would pay him $12.8 million this season.
If Bryant does hold out, the most experienced receiver on the Cowboys’ roster would be third-year man Terrance Williams, who had 37 catches last season.