OXNARD, Calif. -- You can pretty much count on a couple of circus catches by Dez Bryant per training camp practice.
No. 88 met his quota during the first full-speed practice of the Dallas Cowboys' camp this season.
Both of Bryant’s “wow” moments were leaping catches over cornerbacks on deep balls from Tony Romo. The plays made the crowd ooh and ahh, but they seem almost routine for a guy who is arguably the best jump-ball receiver in the NFL.
The first came on a deep fade route down the right sideline in a 1-on-1 rep against Sterling Moore. Romo threw the ball high and to Bryant’s outside shoulder, allowing the Pro Bowl receiver to soar over Moore to make the catch then continue sprinting down the sideline.
The second came on a go route down the left sideline against Morris Claiborne in 7-on-7 drills. Both players went up high for the ball, but the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Bryant overpowered and outjumped the 5-foot-11, 192-pound Claiborne.
“I mean, a big guy like that, once he’s exploding in the air and he’s already looking back at the ball, it’s hard,” Claiborne said. “But it’s good competition at the end of the day.”
It’s good entertainment, too.