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Bryant Shines On First Team



    Not surprisingly, the stories that emerged from Tuesday's practice at Valley Ranch centered largely on the performance of rookie receiver Dez Bryant. According to all reports, Bryant put on an exhibition as part of the first team offense, alongside Miles Austin and Roy Williams.

    For good measure, the first round pick also returned a punt for a touchdown.

    For Bryant, whose character and maturity were called into question by some leading into April's draft, the return to the field, to the game he loves, comes as a breath of fresh air.


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    "I'm having a lot of fun out there," Bryant said. "I'm having a lot of fun with everything. I'm enjoying everything. I feel comfortable. I feel like I've been here a long time. I haven't had this feeling in a long time. I feel like I'm 100 percent back."

    Obviously, Bryant still has a long way to go.

    His performance thus far makes it easy to forget that the former Biletnikoff finalist has only been a professional for a little over a month though, occasionally, we get a small reminder. Bryant made a circus catch in practice Tuesday, which is a good thing; but the play came as the result of a mistake in his route.

    "(Romo) said, 'Good catch,' but I ran the route a little deep," Bryant said. "He just told me to flatten it down. If he wants me to go deeper, he'll put the ball out there for me to go deep. I'm glad it's practice and not the game."