Friday, December 27, 2013
Cowboys' Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith selected
By Calvin Watkins
IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys continued their run of having someone in the Pro Bowl as wide receiver Dez Bryant and left tackle Tyron Smith were named to the team on Friday night.
This is Bryant's first Pro Bowl selection.
On the season, Bryant is 10th in catches (85), 15th in yards (1,345) and has produced four 100-yard games, including a season-high 153-yard effort against Green Bay on Dec. 15. It has been a breakout season for Bryant who has emerged as the biggest offensive threat in the passing game.
This is the first time since 2010 (Miles Austin) the Cowboys have had a wide receiver named to the Pro Bowl.
Bryant becomes the eighth Cowboys receiver named to the Pro Bowl, joining the likes of Michael Irvin, a five-time Pro Bowler, and three-time selections Bob Hayes and Drew Pearson.
"If it happens, it happens," Bryant said Thursday about a possible nod. "I can't focus on it. It would be good to have. If I don't, just keep working."
Smith, the ninth overall pick of the 2011 draft, said the night he was selected his goal was to make the Pro Bowl team. Now in his third season, Smith has done it.
"I haven’t gone team by team and evaluated everybody, but we think he is an outstanding player," coach Jason Garrett said of Smith this week. "He’s done a really good job for us. He’s a heck of a run-blocker, he’s a heck of a pass-protector and he plays a really important position. We are really fortunate to have him."
According to Pro Football Focus, Smith is the eighth-ranked tackle in the league and has allowed just one sack and three quarterback hits.
The Cowboys have had a Pro Bowler every year since 1989.