Saturday, November 17, 2012
Dez Bryant is asking more questions
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- During his Thursday afternoon chat with reporters, came this little nugget from Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant: He's asking more questions in meetings.
It might be a reason why Bryant has 45 catches for 590 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Bryant is running better routes and it appears he's making fewer mental errors on the field. If he keeps this pace, Bryant might get his first 1,000 yard receiving season.
Last week against the Eagles, Bryant made two big catches thanks to his route running. He made a 49-yard reception on a double-move and his 30-yard touchdown catch came on a stop-and-go where the defender was left trailing the play.
The last three weeks, Bryant has nine catches for 212 yards and a touchdown.
"I feel like I'm back to Dez," he said.
Bryant said he's more comfortable in the offense than ever before because of his understanding of it. And it's all started in the meeting room.
"I'm playing free," he said. "I feel like I've put a little bit extra time (in) to feel free and be more comfortable in the offense and asking questions instead of keeping my mouth closed. I felt like that's helped me out a lot."
Bryant asking questions in meetings is a good example of the third-year receiver wanting to do more within the offense and becoming the playmaker he wants to be.
It's easy for Bryant to say he wants to do it and show the physical skills he can do it, but knowing the playbook and becoming a dependable target for quarterback Tony Romo means he wants to become the complete package. Not every player can become one. The Cowboys have quite a few young players, Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Tyrone Smith are some, in their mid-20s whom the team can depend on long-term.
Bryant is the most talented receiver on the Cowboys, but Miles Austin is the more accomplished and polished receiver on the club due to his experience and his ability to grasp the offense.
Bryant has the tools to get there as well.