Dez Bryant literally matured before our eyes this season. There were questions about his ability to fully grasp the Dallas Cowboys offense, whether he was ready to take on a leadership role this season, and if he would ever live up to the hype.
2012 proved to be Bryant's breakout season.
For the season, he caught 92 balls for a career high of 1,382 receiving yards. Bryant was hot down the stretch as he notched two games of 145 yards and one with 224.
Against the New Orleans Saints, he averaged 25 yards a catch, caught two 58-yard touchdowns, and got his hands on nine catches.
He did all of this with a broken finger.
My only reason for not giving Bryant an A was that he did go missing early in the season. In the Cowboys game against the Seattle Seahawks in week two, Dallas lost by 20 points. Bryant had just three catches for 17 yards and he also disappeared against the Carolina Panthers and the Atlanta Falcons.
He did have an injured hip when the Cowboys played Atlanta, but Dez didn't truly turn his season around until their first game against Philly in early November.
Bryant deserves a Pro Bowl nod for his season, and for 2013, I fully expect for him to duplicate his success.