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Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Bryant uses trash talk as a 'little tactic'

By Tim MacMahon

OXNARD, Calif. -- Dez Bryant basically launches into one long monologue during the competitive parts of every practice.

That's especially true when another team comes to town.

The Dallas Cowboys' official website wisely mic'd up Bryant for the Monday afternoon practice with the Oakland Raiders. Much of the best material ended up on the cutting-room floor due to colorful language, but Bryant had plenty of clean lines that were entertaining, too.

The best, aimed at a Raiders defender who tried trading trash talk: "I don't even know your name, but you know mine."

After two days of work, does Bryant know all the names in the Oakland secondary?

"All that is is competitive talk," Bryant said with a smile. "It's just a little tactic I use to get those guys out of their game and we go at it. They started it anyways, so if you're going to start it, I hope you can finish it."

Bryant, who gave the Raiders defensive backs all they could handle and then some, considers trash talking just part of the package when it comes to his competitive fire. There have been times in the past that he's let his emotions get the best of him in one-on-one matchups, but as he enters his fifth season, Bryant believes he's matured enough to prevent that from happening.

"I know how to handle myself," Bryant said. "A little stuff that I've been working on, me getting in their head instead of them getting into mine. It's all about fun and competing."