A great deal of fans accept as fact that the Detroit Lions’ Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL today. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant doesn’t want to argue over how he stacks up against the man they call “Megatron,” but he’s not going to anoint Johnson “King of All Receivers,” either.
“Truth be told, I don’t compare myself to nobody,” Bryant told ESPN Radio 103.3-FM on Monday, via ESPN Dallas. “I think Calvin’s the best at what he [does]. I think I’m the best at what I do.”
In seven games this season, Bryant has 42 catches for 569 yards and six touchdowns; through six games, Johnson--who’s been dealing with a bum knee of late--has 33 catches for 492 yards and, like Dez, six TDs.
Bryant’s respect for Johnson runs deep, but his ultra-competitive approach the game won’t allow him to kowtow to the NFL’s all-time single-season receiving leader.
“I believe I can do whatever he can do,” Bryant said of Johnson. “I think it’s just a pride thing. When it comes to football, just being on the field, it’s a mindset and having a mentality. I honestly believe when I’m there, I’ll be feeling like there’s nothing I can’t do. Whatever the coaches ask me to do, I’m going to do it. I always feel like there’s more. I always feel like there’s more. I think that’s just a mindset you’re supposed to have.”
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