Dez Bryant stepped up to become the Cowboys’ unquestioned No. 1 receiver in 2012 with 92 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he wants to get better, and ultimately be in the uppermost echelon of receivers in the NFL.
“I wanted to be like Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald,” Bryant said, per the Dallas Morning News. “I wanted to make a big impact, be a big playmaker for Tony Romo.”
Bryant drew a lot of criticism this week for saying that he thought it was possible that he’ll become the first receiver in NFL history to record a 2,000-yard season. But Bryant points out that the aforementioned Calvin Johnson came close, and that the critics don’t bother him.
“I dislike it a lot, but I live with it, I deal with it,” Bryant told The Dave Dameshek Football Program podcast. “I love football. That’s what I focus on. I don’t really care too much what anybody has to say.”
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