Cowboys’ receiver Dez Bryant caught four passes in Wednesday night’s season opening victory over the New York Giants for a total of 85 yards and no touchdowns. But what’s promising for Cowboys’ fans is that Bryant got to every pass on which he was targeted, with the exception of one, and looked to be on the same page with Tony Romo.
Which is more than could be said of Bryant through much of his first two seasons in the league. This is know coincidence, but rather the product of Bryant focusing on the mental side of the game this offseason.
“If I'm going to be put out there with Tony Romo, (Jason) Witten and Miles Austin, I got to know what the hell I’m doing,” Bryant said after the Cowboys’ 24-17 win, per ESPN Dallas. “I felt like I dedicated myself to do that. Not only that, I had help from Tony, I had help from Miles, Wit, the rest of the guys. I felt like it helped me out a lot and I learned a lot, and I'm going to keep it moving.”
Jason Garrett had plenty of praise for Bryant’s work against the Giants following Wednesday’s victory, but made clear that he believes too much congratulation would be a disservice to the young receiver and, by extension, the team.
“The old expression is either you’re growing or you’re dying, right?” Garrett said. “So for us to say Dez Bryant has it all right now I think would be an injustice to him and it wouldn’t be real good coaching. It wouldn’t be a real good approach by him.
"He’s got to get better at everything he does, just as every player on our team and certainly every member of our coaching staff has to get better. So we don’t live in the world, like, ‘We got it all down pat. Boy, I’m set there.’ That’s not the world we live in."
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