Dez Bryant Claims 2,000 Yards and 20 Touchdowns Is Within Reach

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 26, 2013

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is not hurting for self-confidence. 

In an article by ESPN Dallas' Tim MacMahon, Bryant was quoted as saying, "I honestly feel like [2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns] can potentially happen."

This is a bold proclamation, considering Calvin Johnson set the NFL record with 1,964 receiving yards last season, and 20 touchdowns would give him the third-most receiving scores in league history. 

Still, the Cowboys have to be impressed with Bryant's drive to succeed, especially given the fact that he has not always been the most mature player. It was just last season when the Cowboys enacted strict rules regarding the 24-year-old's off-the-field behavior.  

There is no doubting Bryant's talent. He has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism and good hands. He is also coming off of a breakout year in which he hauled in 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns.

And while his claims are a tad preposterous, they are not totally without merit. During the final eight games of last season, Bryant had 50 catches for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns.

This came despite the fact that, as MacMahon points out, Bryant played the final three games with a broken index finger which required postseason surgery. He also had a lower back injury that was so severe he left the stadium after the Cowboys' final game in a wheelchair. 

That back injury is also limiting any training he can do this offseason.'s Chris Wesseling notes that Bryant has yet to run any routes.

Bryant plays the game with reckless abandon. While it is effective, it also means injuries will always be a concern. 

There is little doubt that Bryant has the talent to be one of the league's elite receivers. He is just going to have to stay healthy and focused. But even then, his lofty goals will remain, in all likelihood, a little too lofty.