Sunday, August 3, 2014
Dez Bryant emulating Jerry Rice
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
Dez Bryant and offensive line coach Bill Callahan were engrossed in a fascinating discussion after practice ended Saturday afternoon about the technique Jerry Rice used to catch the ball.
They were talking hand placement.
Bryant, like most receivers, makes a “W” shape with his hands with his thumbs touching when he catches the ball. Callahan said Rice used to hold one hand under the other when he caught the ball.
Rice used that technique because it gave him more margin for error and reduced his drops because he always had one hand under the ball. After discussing the nuances of the technique, Bryant caught passes for several minutes using the new technique.
Callahan coached Rice when the Hall of Fame receiver played for the Oakland Raiders.
“I like it,” Bryant told the coach. “I see why it works. I’m going to keep working on it.”