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Dez On The Verge of a Breakout?

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys holds the ball before a preseason game against the Miami Dolphins at Cowboys Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    One of the more impressive things seen out of rookie receiver Dez Bryant during Sunday’s 27-13 Cowboys victory in Houston wasn’t a touchdown, or even a completion.

    On a second-and-nine in the second quarter, Tony Romo took a shot deep in Bryant’s direction. Houston’s Kareem Jackson had Bryant pretty well blanketed as they strode toward the goal line, until, at the last possible moment, Bryant leaped and got enough separation to pluck the ball from the air, a spinning and spun to the ground. He was forced out of bounds, which, per the new rules instilled last season, goes as an incomplete pass, but point taken: Bryant’s a stud.

    On the next play, a third-and-nine, Romo hit Bryant for ten yards and a drive-saving first down, a play that saw the Oklahoma State product shed two tacklers with a vengeance on his way to the other side of the chains. This drive would result in the Cowboys’ first points, and first lead, of the game.

    In total, Bryant had four catches for 50 yards, and 12 yards on his only punt return--a good day, to be sure. But more encouraging for fans than mere statistics were those instances of freakish talent that didn’t necessarily show up in the box score--because sooner or later, they will.

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