We all know that Cowboys’ second-year receiver Dez Bryant is a rare breed of athlete, whose potential seems pretty limitless, so we don’t need to rehash that point. We also know that Bryant has run into some problems off the field, so we won’t rehash that, either. Both points have been hashed and rehashed plenty, and we doubt anyone is unaware of either of these facts at this point.
As it stands now, though, coaches and teammates believe they’ve seen a positive change in Bryant from last year to this year--not that he’s matured completely, certainly, but that he is headed in the right direction. According to Bryant, much of the change is the result of his changing his surroundings--surroundings that, in the past, may have led to trouble for Bryant, legal or otherwise.
"I don't think it was the choices. I think it was my surroundings,” Bryant told the team’s official website. “I feel like I fixed that, and I'm headed on the straight and narrow path. I don't need to get into details. Everything is done, I like how it's going and my life is on straight."
Bryant is looking to build on a rookie season in which he caught 45 passes for 451 yards and six touchdowns, adding two touchdowns on punt returns before his year was cut short by a fractured angle--and a year of league experience and a new mindset certainly won’t hurt this effort.
"Everything is in place right now," Bryant said. "Now it's just how I handle it. I feel like I'm doing a good job at it and I'm going to keep on doing a good job at it."
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