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Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Discuss: Can Dez Bryant ever become 'elite'?

By Calvin Watkins


ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dez Bryant summoned a reporter to his locker. He was ready to talk. But it also seemed as if he was ready to bare his soul.

He had a bad game. Make that terrible game.

The stat sheet says the Dallas Cowboys wide receiver finished with eight catches for a career-high 105 yards and no touchdowns in the Cowboys' 34-18 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday night.

He was targeted 13 times. On three of those plays, he failed miserably.

It's these nights that leave you questioning whether Bryant can become an elite receiver. Given his unsettling background while growing up in Lufkin, Texas, the Cowboys gambled and selected him with the 24th pick of the first round back in 2010. Bryant's life away from the field as a professional has been a mess.

It makes you wonder if he's worth all the trouble.

Maybe not, because Bryant isn't close to being an elite receiver.

"Very, very, very, very, very, very average," Bryant said when asked about his Monday night efforts. "Yeah, I felt like, me personally, I could have played better and I feel like each and every week it's going to get better. [I've] just got to keep fighting through adversity. I can make plays and I know my teammates believe in me. Just got to let this one go and get ready for Baltimore."

For more on Dez Bryant's night, click here.