Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant readily admits that, in the past, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has been quite adept at pushing his buttons.
“Of course. No doubt. No doubt. No question. He did,” Bryant said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I think I’m kind of past that and I think he thinks that too. It’s a respect between me and him. Last game that we played, we didn’t say a word, as far as disrespect. It was more, ‘Let’s go. Let’s play.’ Basically competing against one another.”
Hall is among the more talkative corners in the league, and it doesn’t help that he plays for the hated Redskins, meaning he and Bryant know each other well after facing each other twice a year for the last three years. But Bryant believes that of late, any dislike between the two has given way to mutual respect.
“There’s no issue between us,” Bryant said. “I just think it’s the competition of the game. That’s all it is. We have mutual respect for one another. Sunday, it’s going to be a battle.”
According to just about everyone at Valley Ranch, Bryant has matured noticeably from last year to this year, which might help explain his new approach to the rivalry between he and Hall. In two games against Washington last year, Bryant posted 12 catches, 216 yards and two touchdowns, though one of those touchdowns came with Hall on the other side of the field.
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