Hearing Jason Garrett’s remarks following the Cowboys 19-14 win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, we get the impression that the Cowboys head coach, like most of us, got a little bit nervous watching Dez Bryant field that punt in the third quarter--he probably should’ve called for the fair catch--only to juke around a couple of defenders while holding the ball in one hand, well away from his body.
Bryant didn’t lose the ball despite his precarious handling of it though, and aside from the three yards he lost while trying to make something out of nothing, Dallas was no worse for the wear as a result of the play. But Garrett clearly wasn’t happy with the third-year receiver’s decision making, describing it, per ESPN Dallas, as “pretty darn aggressive--and arguably too aggressive.”
Garrett went on to say, “Ultimately, I think we all were relieved when he was tackled and we still had the ball.”
Bryant, who may have still been a little woozy from taking a shot to the head on the previous return--a blow that led to a sideline concussion test--says he was just trying to make a play.
“I had it in my mind that I had to make a play,” Bryant said. “I didn’t know where I was on the field. All I was thinking about was returning the ball.”
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