From a surprise visit from Michael Irvin at rookie mini-camp to the scores of reporters he draws in the locker room to the number on his back, the implications have been fairly clear: Bryant is (maybe) the next big thing in Dallas. And, to be fair, he may very well be--he's implied as much himself with some spectacular flashes this off-season.
But it is the off-season, after all, and it's only when one sobers up from these implications that the hard realities set in: He is a rookie; He hasn't played a game of football since last September; He hasn't seen so much as a preseason snap in the NFL--which might be why Jerry tapped the brakes on the expectations, kind of, last weekend at Dallas's mini-camp.
"Because of the fact he is a rookie, I don’t want to get too much in that direction," Jones said. "I think he’s going to get to touch the ball some, probably inordinately so as a rookie.
"That’s not a guess, but an expectation."