Dez Bryant: Is He the Dallas Cowboys Poster Boy This Season?

Lake CruiseAnalyst INovember 14, 2010

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 14:  Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys jokes with Dez Bryant #88 as his team warms up prior to playing against the New York Giants on November 14, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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“One of the finest rookies I’ve seen,” said Jimmy Johnson.  “Any general manager would be looking for the type of receiver he is.”

Who was the former Dallas Cowboys coach describing?  Read on to find out. 

Possessing brick house size for a wide receiver, he came from the Oklahoma State University football program—the orange Cowboys.

Scoring five touchdowns in the last five games, his enthusiasm and focus rubs off on the rest of the team.  At times, it seems like his energy is too much for the rest of the football team.

He can throw a football as far as Michael Vick—a fellow lefty.  He can leave defenders in the dust as if it were a sham.  He almost single-handedly made a sham of the NFL’s No. 1 defense.

It's contagious to an NFL squad when rookies go off like Dez did in New York.

I envision him as an NBA point guard.  He could post guards taller than him and jump over them to release his jumper.

I drafted the player in question to my fantasy squad, and my opponents are seething with envy.

Focus, determination and something to prove—whose description is that?  If you guessed Dez Bryant, then you have a dazzling mind.

I was in San Antonio for the training camp held this year by the Dallas Cowboys.  Witnessing Dez  “The Dazzling”—as I call him—was the highlight.

After a slow start for him, it’s been full speed ahead.

If you saw his touchdown catch against the Giants, then you already know what this article is about.  Even if you do, keep reading.

On one particular go route reception, his legs were moving so fast he was thrown off balance.

He can outrun and soar over double coverage—engaging defensive backs like every kiss begins with Dez.  Deep outs, posts, corner routes, smoke screens, slants, fade and corner routes come with ease.

He can do it all—including paying for a team dinner.  He is reserved off the gridiron, but on it he’s an unrestricted freedom of speech advocate—loud freedom.

As long as his play speaks louder than he does, let freedom ring.  Maybe he got the brash voice from his mentor, the legendary Deion Sanders.

The young man, Dez, paid his dues.  The scandal he was involved in concerning Deion’s input has blown by.

Talking about blowing by, I’m a “Prime Time” fan for the way he blew by tacklers.  Like Sanders, every time Bryant touches the ball something good happens. 

I want to see an end around or wildcat formations involving him.  Coach Jason Garrett may have those plays in his arsenal, but if he does then they’ve been in reserve.

If Dez is not the starter and Roy Williams is the reserve by the end of this season, then something smells in “Big D.”  The surrounding areas, although they are clean, would also smell like worn cowboy boots.

I believe Dez shall overcome.

He’s overcome a lot of adversity in his life, and he’s heading in the right direction.  Showing continuous improvement game after game is what it’s all about.

Dez has it down like a trained assassin.  He is one on the gridiron.  Ask Jimmy Johnson or the New York Giants football team.   

In training camp, I saw Dez do Dallas’ defense dirty, but it was all in clean fun.  His injury set him back, but now he can help lead the team to back-to-back victories.

Coming out of the Lufkin, Texas high school football program—Lufkin High School—he was a four-star recruit. got it right.  The guy has all the right stuff—the stuff captains are made of.  He came in this game as a nonsense free rookie.

People were critical of him for choosing to throw an NFL tradition aside.  He refused to carry Roy Williams’ pads in training camp.

I don’t blame Dez for not doing it.  That’s old news, but I can’t let one last dig go by without taking advantage of it.

I ask—who should be carrying whose pads at this point in the dig route game?  I believe if Dez is featured, then the Cowboys can make the playoffs.

Let’s play a game called expert commentary.  Tell me what your feelings are on this most important of topics.