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Dez Prepping For DeAngelo Hall's Mind Games

Dez Bryant said he might have been affected by DeAngelo Hall's trash talking in the past, but not this year

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    Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has developed a reputation for being one of the mouthiest players in the league, always looking for an opportunity to get inside an opposing receivers head and throw him off his game. In past years, Dez Bryant might have fallen for this, but not in 2012.

    That’s his style of play,” Bryant said, per the Dallas Morning News. “At the end of the day, you need to be able to get into guys’ heads. Back then, it probably would have worked. But not now. I understand the game, I understand what other players want to do to benefit their game, but I am very confident about it.”

    Perhaps Bryant’s confidence comes from the fact that in the first meeting between the Cowboys and Redskins, on Thanksgiving Day, the third-year receiver brought down eight catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. He’s now caught at least one touchdown in each of the last seven games, and earned praise from head coach Jason Garrett for his maturation.

    Making his season all the more impressive, Bryant has played through the last two games with a fractured index finger.

    “I feel like its a mental thing,” Bryant said. “If you think its going to hurt its going to hurt. If you don’t think about it, it’s nothing to worry about it--that’s my mindset every time I step on the field. The finger is not an issue, I’m out here to play football.”

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