For much of his first two-and-a-half seasons as an NFL wide receiver, Dez Bryant was largely seen as a disappointment and a guy who just would never realize his immense talent and potential that had him as one of the best wide receivers in the nation when he was at Oklahoma State thanks to his physical brand of play and supreme athleticism.
The stat was out there for everyone to see — one 100-yard game in his first 30 NFL games. Wow, that's what you call a disappointment, not to mention his tendencies to look lost on the field at times and to mouth off to anyone within mouthing distance after every play he's involved in.
But this season, specifically over the past four games, Bryant has emerged as one of the most lethal receiving threats in the game. And while it's just four games, it's about damn time.
In his past four games, Bryant has 29 catches for 475 and six touchdowns after scoring twice on Sunday night and racking up 98 yards on six grabs. During this stretch, he's shown what he's capable of which is over-powering defenders and doing anything possible to get his hands on the ball.
And while Bryant's probably always believed in himself, everyone else is starting to follow suit.
“Tony believes in me. I want that to increase. It’s all about not losing composure and being focused and just doing what’s right. I feel like just me staying on top of my game makes a big difference,” Bryant told media after Sunday's win over Philadelphia. “When your number is called you do your job. I knew it was going to come, and it did. I’m very confident. I'm just getting started."