Dez Bryant has not had a quiet off-season. To be honest, I try not to read too much into this stuff because I think we often only get one side of the story. However, Dez’s off-field fiascos have been hard to ignore. He’s gotten in trouble at North Park Mall and owes a bunch of money — at least to the common man — to various creditors. I don’t care about any of it and that’s mostly because I don’t feel like it’s any of my business. If he wants to be reckless with his money, that’s his prerogative.
I’m not saying it’s okay to owe money all over town, but he’s not really hurting anyone so much as causing them a major headache. A guy with Bryant’s earning potential will eventually be forced to pay his debts. The fact is, whatever Bryant has done wrong over the last couple of years, it doesn’t even compare to the misdeeds of many other NFL players. As long as he doesn’t do anything truly illegal and he continues to produce like he did last year before getting hurt, Dez and I are all good.
Maybe I’m so accepting of Dez’s faults because he’s quite possibly the most talented receiver to ever play for the Cowboys. There is no denying his ability to perform on the field. Regardless of what happens with Roy Williams, I sincerely hope that the Cowboys make Dez their number two wide receiver. He’s poised for a monster season.
Today, Dez spoke with reporters , touching on his health, the Cowboys’ Tony Romo led off-season practices, and his off the field issues over the past few months. He was apologetic for his mistakes and seemed ready to go. If the Cowboys want to return to contender status, they will need Bryant to perform this year.
One final point about Bryant. The guy is twenty-two years-old. For those that can, imagine what you were like when you were that age. He deserves a chance to mature. Also, in case you’ve forgotten the extent of his capabilities, I’ve included a little video. Please pay particular attention to the plays that occur at 1:01, 2:13, and 4:00.
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