Entering his third season in the NFL, the expectations are as high as ever for Dez Bryant.
Bryant has shown flashes of brilliance in his first two seasons with Dallas, but he has yet to really put it all together, and become the dominant force of a receiver that the Cowboys were hoping for when they selected him back in April of 2010.
“Well, I think he needs to be a No. 1 receiver,” Cowboys’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “Not to take anything away from Miles (Austin), but I would submit to you that when we line up out there that the guy that they’re the most worried about is Dez. And he’s got to be that guy, and even when they do try to stop him, the great ones still make a lot of plays.
“Tony (Romo has) got to be able to count on him. He’s got to run the right routes at the right depths and be a precise route runner. Those are the things he’s got to improve on. If he can do those things, then obviously we can really achieve what we want to accomplish, which is win a championship.”
Bryant had 63 catches in his sophomore campaign for 928 yards and nine touchdowns, while struggling through most of the season with a deep thigh bruise. That injury came in the first half of the team’s week one loss to the Jets, and Bryant says that it never really fully healed.
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