Dez Bryant said he’s trying to establish good work habits not only because it will help him be a better receiver, but also because he is an example to the younger receivers.
“I feel like I’m leading by doing my work, playing hard, trying to take very rep, doing every rep at full speed, 100 percent of the time,” he said. “I feel like by me doing that, the younger guys are seeing it.”
Bryant chatted with reporters for 17 minutes after an OTA practice Wednesday at Valley Ranch. He sat on the ground at his locker and looked relaxed.
“I just feel like I’m stepping up, doing my job, being accountable, making sure that I’m doing the right things so the people that are under me can do the right things,” he said. “So you can say, somewhat of a leader.”
Bryant and Miles Austin are the top option at wideout for the Cowboys. But there is a string of candidates for the third receiver spot, led by fourth-year receiver Kevin Ogletree. Behind him are rookies and first-year players including Raymond Radway, Andre Holmes, Dwayne Harris and draft pick Danny Coale, plus a handful of undrafted players like Cole Beasley of SMU.
Bryant said by the time the season opener rolls around on Sept. 5, the coaches will have a hard decision about who to play.
“I know whenever it’s time to go in on Wednesday night, it’ll be a hard decision because everybody’s stepping up, dong their job,” he said. “Everybody’s playing well, doing everything they’re supposed to do. The receivers, we’re all doing great.”
-- Carlos Mendez