The expectations for wide receiver Dez Bryant in 2013 are pretty high across the board. But none are higher than those coming from the second No. 88, Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. While Bryant has never made the Pro Bowl--he probably should have last year, but that’s another story for another time--Irvin believes he may emerge from 2013 as the Most Valuable Player.
“Watching Dez Bryant now and the way he’s understanding the game, that’s why I’m expecting to hear these words at the conclusion of the season: MVP 2013 of the league will be Dez Bryant,” Irvin said on the NFL Network on Wednesday, via the Dallas Morning News. “Trust me.”
The last 12 MVPs have gone to either quarterbacks (nine times) or running backs (three times). But Irvin, who has already said this offseason that he wishes he’d have had Bryant’s natural athletic ability when he was playing, says that now, Bryant’s mental grasp on the game has caught up with those physical abilities.
“I’m telling you, man you gotta see this dude now, this dude understands football,” Irvin said. “I gotta say it, I never thought he had the capability of understanding the game the way he understands the game.
“If he can stay healthy, he’ll be off the charts. I’m telling you, man, this dude sees things now.”
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