Dez Bryant injured his thigh when he took a helmet to the leg on a punt return in the first half of the first game last season. He missed only one game -- the victory over San Francisco in Week 2 -- but Bryant admits the injury never fully healed, preventing him from having the type of season he wanted.
"I don’t think I was ever where I wanted to be," Bryant said Wednesday.
Bryant made 63 receptions for 928 yards and nine touchdowns in his second season, but it left him and the Cowboys wanting more.
"It was very frustrating," Bryant said. "But you’ve just got to get through things, get to the end the best way you can and try your best to get back on the field. Some of the game tape that I watched from last year, I really wasn’t too proud of myself [because he was hindered by the injury]. I know it’s because of the injuries, but I feel like this year, I’m spending more time focusing on my body and making sure everything is right."
The Cowboys say Bryant is working hard this off-season to better himself.
"Dez has really had a good off-season," receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said. "It’s just the consistency of route running. I don’t know if subtleties is the right word, or if it’s just the execution of each individual route on a consistent basis play after play. He has really improved just in the off-season work that we’ve done. But the proof will be in the games, training camp, and the preseason games. He’s a work in progress, but we like what we have in him, what we see in him. He did a pretty good job last year when you look at the production, and he hasn’t even come close to scratching the surface."
-- Charean Williams