Dez Bryant is seventh in the NFL among wideouts in catches with 88. His 978 receiving yards are 10th. His eight receiving touchdowns are tied for second in the league.
Bryant wants to be talked about as one of the best, along with Calvin Johnson, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall, A.J. Green and Reggie Wayne, among others. He wants to be in the All-Pro conversation. He wants to go to the Pro Bowl.
"It ain’t about proving," Bryant said Friday. "I don’t want to prove myself to nobody. I just want people to already know this is what it is."
In the past four games, Bryant has done it as well as anyone with 29 catches for 475 yards and six touchdowns.
"Being focused. That’s it. It’s about being focused," Bryant said.
Bryant is taking big steps in his third season. He was a first-round draft pick, but he had a long way to go in his development.
The Cowboys have seen Bryant mature in his mental approach – not sulking when he doesn’t get targets early in games, like last week. He also is going north and south more than east and west, taking on defenders rather than trying to juke them.
“Sometimes when Dez gets in trouble, he starts kind of dancing too much, and that plays a little bit into the defense’s hand," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "A lot more guys can get around him. I thought he did a good job of putting his foot in the ground and going north and south, splitting defenders and just getting into the end zone.”
-- Charean Williams