Dez Bryant informed the media members present at Valley ranch on Thursday that he had, in fact, been removed from the role of punt returner following two weeks of sloppy handling of the position.
Bryant fumbled away a punt in last week’s loss to the Giants and the week before, he caused Jason Garrett’s hair to gray with a return attempt that saw Bryant fight off tackles while holding the ball in a precarious manner, only to lose three yards on the attempt. After the fumble against New York, Bryant was replaced on punt returns by Danny Coale and Dwayne Harris.
Considering all the evidence that suggested this move was coming, Bryant wasn’t surprised when he learned the news, and said Thursday that he fully intends on campaigning for a return to the job in the near future.
“I promise you, man, I’m going to get back in their ear,” Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. “I’m going to get in their ear about that. I’m going to get in their ear.”
In 12 returns on the year, Bryant had an average of just 5.5 yards per attempt, though he did manage an impressive 44-yard return in Week 3 against Tampa Bay.
“I was very understanding,” Bryant said. “But like I said, I’m going to get back in coach’s ear. I think it will be hard for him to tell me no.
“I’m going to continue to keep working at it. It’s not hard for me to catch a punt. I just need to feel it in and stop looking upfield and think before catching the rock. That should be my first objective, to catch the ball and then go make a play.”
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