Dez Bryant is turning into a veteran
IRVING, Texas -- It seems ages ago -- how about two years ago? -- that wide receiver Dez Bryant burst onto the Cowboys universe.
Bryant enters his third season in 2012. He was asked after the second day of organized team activities Wednesday whether he feels like a veteran.
"In some ways, it depends on what I'm doing," he said. "I help out the guys when they need it. I show what I know."
Bryant is still working on running routes, commanding the playbook, understanding the NFL way and becoming a dominant force in the passing game.
The Cowboys still like Bryant as an outside receiver and won't move him into the slot as much as they do Miles Austin. But that's OK because Bryant, when he gets the ball, is dangerous.
Last season, Bryant finished second on the team in catches (63), yards (928) and touchdowns (9) to tight end Jason Witten. He missed one game with a thigh injury, had a handful of games in which he went without a catch in the second half and he didn't have a 100-yard game -- he still has only one.
"I feel like every year was just a learning experience," Bryant said. "I got better from [Year 1 to Year 2]. I hadn't played this year yet, but I feel much better and I'm confident in what I'm doing. When Coach calls out a play, I'm starting to already have the play before he already call it out. I'm getting better."
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