According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has looked like the best offensive player so far in camp.
“No player has looked better offensively in camp than Dez Bryant,” wrote Archer.
“I think he understands the importance of being physically ready to play,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “I think he’s been in the offense so he understands what we’re asking him to do more. Dez is an interesting guy. It’s something I’ve talked to him a lot about. He’s one of those guys, he’s about four percent body fat. He takes his shirt off and he’s carved out of a mountain. There’s a sense that, ‘Boy, I’m in shape. I’m ready to go.’
“The guys that I was around as a player and the best receivers I’ve been around as a coach, they could run all day. They could run all day. I tell our guys all the time, Alvin Harper, for all of his craziness as a player, Alvin Harper would run 16 110s at 8:30 in the morning with the 8:30 group and be done around 9 o’clock. He’d turn around and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll run with you guys at 9:30.’ Sixteen 110s at 9:30. Now Alvin has a track background. He was a great track athlete at Tennessee, so those guys have a little bit of an advantage that way, but he could run all day long. Michael Irvin could run all day long. He runs a nine (go) route, runs back and runs another nine and a deep eight and he runs a deep over route. They could run all day long, come back in the huddle and here we go.
“Dez is one of those guys as a young player, ‘I’m in shape. I’m 214 pounds. I’m carved out of a mountain. I have 4 percent body fat.’ Dez, the description for you is you have to be able to run all day long. All day long. I can call 15 nine routes, you run them and you run back and you run it again. That’s the point you want to get to, and Dez is understanding that more and more. He did a great job at different times last year fighting through injuries. He had the thigh deal going. He had some other things he fought through, so he has the mental toughness to do it. He just has to continue to understand the importance of it because when he’s good and explosive and fast and coming in and out of his cuts, he’s hard to defend. You’re seeing a lot of that already.”
Bryant certainly has the talent to have a very good season, but he needs to stay focused and healthy in order to lead the Cowboys to the playoffs.