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December 21, 2012

Dez Bryant has earned the trust of Tony Romo

 It’s not so much the results that are giving Dez Bryant confidence. It’s knowing that he is gaining the trust of quarterback Tony Romo.

“Each and every week, it boosts my confidence just to know that Tony believes in me,” Bryant told reporters Friday at Valley Ranch. “I feel like I’m still working on it more, for Tony to trust me. I’m going to just keep doing what he wants me to do. I’m going to keep paying attention. I’m going to keep focused and see where it goes.”

Bryant said the increased trust level comes from being more focused.

“Just paying attention to the little things in the meetings and just listening to Tony 24/7,” he said. “Just watching his movements, just paying attention and just working hard.”

Bryant has caught a touchdown pass in six straight games, one shy of the club record. He played last week with a fractured left index finger, gaining the respect of veterans like Romo. Tight end Jason Witten said Bryant had joined the “tough guy club.”

“They just told me they respect me,” Bryant said. “And it does feel good coming from a guy like that. It makes you want to go out and play. I mean, it makes you want to go out and play even harder.”

In the past six games, a 5-1 stretch for the Cowboys, Bryant has 37 catches for 584 yards and eight touchdowns. For the season, he has 79 catches for 1,087 yards and 10 touchdowns.

-- Carlos Mendez



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