Dez Bryant says it’s fair to expect 100-yard games out of him every week. He fell short of that Sunday in Baltimore but he probably turned in his best game as a professional, catching 13 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns.
“If you’re a starter on this team, you’re here to make plays,” Bryant said after Sunday’s 31-29 loss to the Ravens. “We’re not here just to be a showoff. Like Coach Garrett always say, he don’t want flash players. He wants guys who go out there and make plays and fight. That’s the type of (mentality) I’ve had – just that nasty fight attitude. I feel like we have that.”
Bryant had a chance to tie the game in the final minute after catching his second touchdown. However, a well-placed two-point conversion pass from Tony Romo sailed through Bryant’s hands as a defender was draped over his back.
“I love moments like that,” Bryant said. “I don’t think we’re nervous when we get in moments like that. I just feel like we just fell short.”
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones was certainly in approval of Bryant’s outing. While speaking with reporters after the game, Jones hollered, “Alright, Dez,” as the former first-round pick walked by. Jones then nodded his head and winked.
“I think we can win with that day that we had and win with him as the key receiver,” Jones said. “It was that kind of day. I was hoping he’d get loose there on that punt return, but still, we can win games and have a solid to really good passing attack with Dez playing games like he played. He needs to make that catch. Everybody drops them, but he needs to make that catch, but he did some other things for us to keep some drives going that really helped us. He did it with his skills.”
And as for those who will continue to be critical, Bryant said he isn’t concerned with outsiders.
“I don’t care what anybody thinks,” Bryant said. “I only care about what my coaches and what my teammates think. That’s the only thing that matters. Don’t nobody else understands what’s going on. Only this organization.”