Dez Bryant is doing a better job of being patient when the ball doesn’t come his way early in games, coach Jason Garrett said.
“I think in so many ways, Dez has matured, and I think that’s one of the ways,” Garrett said. “I think his preparation throughout the week has gotten better. I think he’s understanding more and more how to practice well and allow that practice work to show up in the ball game. I think he’s just been more consistent throughout the game, whether he gets the ball or whether he doesn’t get the ball, running his routes, doing his job. And I think the patience and the composure that he had early on in the ball game when he wasn’t getting the ball is another sign of that maturity.”
Bryant caught his first pass just before the two-minute warning in the first half, with the Cowboys trailing 14-3. He wound up with six catches for 98 yards and two touchdowns, and the Cowboys won 38-33.
“Their style of defense was to take the outside guys away a little bit,” Garrett said of the Eagles. “We threw the ball to Witten. We ran the ball well early on in the ball game. When you do that, you force them to change and play maybe a little bit more differently and open up some opportunities outside.”
Garrett said Bryant showed patience as he waited for the Cowboys’ plans for him to develop.
“Dez is a really passionate guy. He loves football, and he wants to be involved in it. When he doesn’t get the football, it’s a good sign that he wants it,” Garrett said. “There are a lot of guys who are very passive about not getting the ball – ‘That’s OK. It’s not my day.’ Dez wants the football. But at the same time, a lot of poise, a lot of composure, the communication on the sideline was really good, getting the things we wanted to get to with him, and certainly in the second half he made a lot of big plays for us.”
-- Carlos Mendez