ARLINGTON, Texas – Hall of Fame quarterback Roger Staubach sees Dez Bryant as a receiver who can be “really, really special.”
“Well, if he stays healthy, there won’t be a better receiver in the league than Dez Bryant,” said Staubach, who marveled at Bryant’s blend of speed, strength and sure hands. “And I want him to stay healthy and he will stay healthy. I don’t think there’s anybody better at what he can do in the league -- and there are some great receivers in the league, but what he did in the second half of the year last year is as good as it gets.”
Bryant had a breakout half-season, catching 50 passes for 879 yards and 10 touchdowns in the final eight games of 2012.
It’s not necessarily fair to compare statistics from different eras, but to put that into perspective, Drew Pearson had more yards in a full season only twice and never had a year with that many touchdown catches during his Ring of Honor career. Naturally, Staubach compares Bryant to the Original 88, the receiver who caught more passes from Staubach than anyone.
“Drew Pearson was like a basketball player, and I wasn’t afraid to throw it into a tight situation because I think he could figure out how to catch it,” said Staubach, who fired a few passes to the Cowboys’ current No. 88 before Thursday’s practice. “Some guys can’t do that. I think Dez has the hands. He can do it. You can throw the ball in there and he’s going to figure out how to get it out of the hands of a linebacker or a defensive back. When you have that kind of confidence in a receiver, and he’s got the ability to do that …”
Staubach didn’t finish that sentence, which is fitting. The possibilities for Bryant seem endless.