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December 03, 2012

Dez Bryant: Jerry says he is more dedicated, Jason says he has matured, Dez says just wait

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant continued his amazing play with six catches for 98 yards, including touchdowns of 35 and 6 yards. Both scores were evidence of his athleticism, speed and strength as he was a total mismatch for the Eagles defenders.

Bryant has 29 catches for 475 yards and six touchdowns in the past four games. Seven of his 29 catches covered 20 or more yards.

It has Bryant starting to look and play like one of league’s best receivers _ something the Cowboys have been waiting on since he was drafted in the first round in 2010.

“I think that Dez in his every where is just being more dedicated,” owner Jerry Jones said. “Not (just) more dedicated, but he's being noticeably dedicated, noticeably committed if you want to compare it to months ago or at least two years ago. Its showing. It's showing on and off the field for him.”

Coach Jason Garrett said the same thing.

“Dez has grown before our eyes,” Garrett said. “He has become a consistent player. He has been making a lot of plays for us week in and week out.”

Bryant is to the point where he expects himself to make great plays, and he doesn’t get frustrated when the ball doesn’t come his way as has been the case on the past. His first catch on Sunday didn’t come until late in the second quarter when the Cowboys were down 14-3.

“I know when my number is called, I’m going to do my job just like everybody else,” Bryant said. “I knew it was going to come.”

But regarding where the time has come to include him among the best receivers in the game, Bryant showed the maturity Jones and Garrett were talking about: "Come back and ask me at the end of the season."

-- Clarence Hill




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