Not everybody is aware of that.
“I wasn’t aware of that stat,” receivers coach Jimmy Robinson said Sunday at Valley Ranch. “But obviously, we’ve got to get the ball to him more to go over 100 yards. That’s part of our job as coaches, to try to get the ball to the playmakers. He’s one of our key playmakers. That doesn’t mean we’re going to force the ball to him, because we’ve got a lot of playmakers. He’s got to hold up his end of that in terms of getting open, win on those one-on-one situations where we feel like he should win.”
It’s also part of Bryant’s job to be in condition to put up 100-yard receiving games. Owner Jerry Jones said in the offseason he believed that was why Bryant faded in the second half of some games, and coach Jason Garrett said Bryant is learning to manage his energy and not burn out too quickly.
“I think it has been. I think it was last year,” Robinson said, asked if conditioning was a problem for Bryant. “I feel like he’s in pretty good condition this year. ... I’m sure it’s a factor. There were a lot of reasons, probably, for that, and maybe that’s one of them.”
Robinson said Bryant had a strong offseason and training camp until he hurt his knee in San Diego. An MRI revealed patellar tendinitis, which the Cowboys managed with rest until the practice week began on Saturday.
“I think he’s more focused. I think he’s more intent on really improving. That speaks of a more mature young man,” Robinson said.
Robinson also talked about Kevin Ogletree, Miles Austin and Danny Coale.
On Ogletree, Robinson said, “He had a pretty good camp. I thought there were times he was a little up and down, but in general, overall, I thought he showed a lot of improvement. Pleased with the progress he’s making.”
On Austin, he said, “Miles wants to be the Miles that he’s been in the past, and so we’re counting on that to happen.”
On Coale and getting him back to the practice squad, “Again, I’ll say what I said a few minutes ago, it was a possibility. We were aware of that, but didn’t spend any time worrying about it.”
-- Carlos Mendez