Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who faces misdemeanor family violence chages in DeSoto, has yet to speak to the media during training camp. He has drawn the ire of owner Jerry Jones. But he continues to shine during workouts, heading into this afternoon’s first session in pads.
From all indications, it appears that Bryant’s ability to block out distractions and focus on the task at hand may be at an all-time high for the third-year player. If so, the Cowboys may pay benefits this season.
Coach Jason Garrett said the single-minded approach is something he seeks to instill in all players.
“I don’t want to speak specifically to Dez, but I’ll speak to the point about being able to compartmentalize things,” Garrett said during today’s news conference. “We talk to the players all the time about leaving the emotional baggage at the door. Everybody has issues in their lives, and we’ve just got to make sure we’re mentally tough enough and mature enough and strong enough to say, ‘OK, when it’s time to go to work, playing football and coaching football, we’re able to do that.’ It’s a theme that our players hear from me over and over again … It’s about mental discipline. The best ones are able to focus on the task at hand and we’ve certainly talked to him about that as well.”
_ Jimmy Burch