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Tony Romo: Cowboys need ‘other guys to step up’ with Dez Bryant out

Tony Romo obviously understands that the Dallas Cowboys offense’s potency and perhaps even its productivity will be hamstrung due to the presumed lengthy absence of Dez Bryant in the coming weeks and perhaps months after the receiver underwent  surgery to repair the fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot.

But to hear the veteran signal-caller explain it, all the team has to do in the interim as they wait for Bryant to return is to stay the course and continue to run the offense as it is designed.

“Even when Dez is here, you go where the reads take you,” Romo said. “It’s just that we try and put Dez, move him around a little bit, so sometimes the reads can take you there based on what we think the defense is going to do.”

The Cowboys did attempt to put a Band-Aid on the depleted wide receiver situation by acquiring Brice Butler from the Oakland Raiders in a trade, a move that increases depth more than anything else. In that sense, it’s all about everyone taking a step up on the depth chart and doing their job.

“The real take is, the guy has to win one-on-one,” Romo said. “That’s your whole job when you’re a skill position player when you get the one-on-one. Look, if you’re not consistently winning one-on-one, it’s going to make the game very difficult because that’s where the ball needs to go and if you can’t beat your guy … Dez obviously wins that matchup 99.9 percent of the time, so he makes it easy to go to him in the one-on-one situations. So we just need the other guys to step up, win their one-on-one matchups.”

Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, whose team faces the Bryant-less Cowboys Sunday, scoffed at the notion that the Dallas offense doesn’t provide for a challenge without their superstar wideout. Kelly also said he doesn’t expect a significant drop-off when it comes to Dallas’ ability to move the ball up and down the field and put points up on the scoreboard.