IRVING, Texas – On a few occasions in his first four seasons the Dallas Cowboys have had to have a conversation about his physical style after he makes the catch. The coaches will remind Bryant about it again this week.
Bryant lost a fumble in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s 24-21 win against the New York Giants and missed a chance for a first down in the first half by trying to run through defenders instead of by them.
“I think that’s the physical manifestation of the passion,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He ain’t going down. He needs to understand that he needs to catch the ball and go north and south and just get what he can get sometimes. He seems to want to fight everybody, and he seems relentless in his nature not to go down, and that’s a great trait. But we’ve got to keep channeling that trait.”
In other words there is a time and place for everything.
But Garrett lauded Bryant’s game, especially the ability to bounce back from a drop that led to an interception and the fumble to make plays when it mattered most, coming up with three catches from Tony Romo on the game-winning drive.
“I thought it was a really important game for Dez,” Garrett said. “ … I just thought he played the right way with the right demeanor. He was there for Tony, made the plays over and over again and got us in position to score.”