Jason Garrett says the Cowboys still trust Dez Bryant, but admits that the third-year receiver needs to be more consistent.
Garrett’s remarks came on Monday, a day after a loss to the Giants in which Bryant (a) fumbled away a first half punt and (b) accounted for one of Tony Romo’s four interceptions by freelancing on his route. Bryant is now directly responsible for two of Romo’s interceptions on the year, and has been shaky enough as a punt returner as to force the Cowboys to reassess their options there.
As always with the Oklahoma State product, the discussion is bookended with mentions of what Bryant COULD do with his raw talent if he could ever master the mental aspect of the game and, maybe, find some consistency.
“It’s about recognizing that he can do these (good) things and correcting the other things, making sure you put him in position where he’s going to do what he’s supposed to do on a consistent basis,” Garrett said of Bryant, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s with Dez. That’s with everybody on our team. You try to emphasize their strengths and make sure you don’t put them in situations they can’t handle. It’s a balancing act for every guy …. Dez is a play-making type guy who has improved greatly as a player over the last couple of years.”
Despite what seems like a heap of evidence to the contrary, Garrett says Bryant has made great strides where his route-running is concerned.
“We trust him to run the right routes or the routes that we ask him to do. He needs to do that on a more consistent basis,” Garrett said. “He’s gotten a heck of a lot better at it this season.”
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