A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 10.
Since I dedicated my column last night to Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and his remarkable performance against the Washington Redskins, let's go with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant for our prestigious High Energy Player of the Week.
In the first quarter of Sunday's 33-20 win in the Meadowlands, Bryant had a 45-yard catch that set up his acrobatic 13-yard touchdown. Quarterback Jon Kitna delivered the ball into the end zone, and Bryant used his strength and leaping ability to snatch the ball at its highest point. Kitna, who had a brilliant day, already trusts Bryant to the point where he'll throw the ball into traffic so that Bryant can make a play.
I'd say that Bryant has already moved past Roy Williams in terms of production, and he's looking more and more like the club's No. 1 receiver each week. Bryant had three catches for 104 yards in the game. He's capable of scoring from anywhere on the field, and he's given the Cowboys a consistent threat on punt returns as well.
He didn't have a lot of opportunities in the return game Sunday because Giants punter Matt Dodge had a case of the shanks. But you can watch Bryant on the sideline and see how much passion he brings to the game. He's learning a lot from Kitna right now about how to be a professional.
In this lost season, Bryant's one of the few positives. If he keeps this up, he'll be in the mix for rookie of the year voting. I'll hold a High Energy ceremony for Bryant at Valley Ranch on Monday -- if he makes eye contact with me in the locker room.