According to the Original 88, Drew Pearson, the only thing standing between the current 88, Dez Bryant, and the masterfully productive sort of career Dallas hoped he would have when they selected him in the first round back in 2010 was an understanding of the mental aspect of the pro game. And Pearson believes he came into such an understanding in 2012, a career-year that could serve as a foundation for Bryant moving forward.
“Basically, I just think he’s got a complete understating of what he was doing out there as far as his plays were concerned, his assignments, his adjustments to those assignments and those types of things,” Pearson told 103.3-FM’s “The Fitzsimmons and Durrett Show,” via the Dallas Morning News. “And in doing that, it gave him a lot of confidence, No.1, but it also gave him a chance now to let his athletic ability and talent take over. I think he realizes now that when he comes out of that huddle, he’s the dominant force, not that defensive back, even though that defensive back might have more experience, he might be an All-Pro, or whatever. The fear now is on the defensive side when they see Dez come out of that huddle.
“I think now he realizes that. He realizes the talent he has, and put that with the fact that now he knows his plays and where to be, then you add the factor that at the end of last season Jason Garrett and Tony Romo both showed a different level of confidence in him because of his progress and his improvement. So that, to me, was the difference. I expect that to be carried over into this season.”
Bryant finished 2012 with 92 catches for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns and, to hear Bryant himself tell it, he hasn’t yet come close to meeting his full potential.
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