ARLINGTON – Before stopping to be interviewed after Thursday night’s preseason finale, Dez Bryant walked past reporters in the Dallas Cowboys locker room and said he wasn’t going to take any questions about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel being suspended for the first half of the Aggies’ season opener on Saturday.
“I’m glad he’s playing,” said Bryant, someone who has a reason to be vocal about the NCAA’s decision.
But Bryant didn’t say another word regarding that topic.
The bulk of his three-and-half-minute question-and-answer session was about being prepared to face the New York Giants in the season opener on Sept. 8.
“We’re ready to play,” Bryant said. “The confidence is there. We’re just waiting patiently.”
Bryant, who didn’t play Thursday night, assured that he has been watching tape of the Giants.
When asked if that includes his 37-yard touchdown catch that was overturned after replay showed one of his fingers were out of bounds, Bryant responded: “I don’t even think about it.” He then paused and added: “I lied, I do.”
It’s obvious that Bryant’s excited to get the season underway and build on his strong finish to the 2012 campaign. But his maturity showed when asked about what a win in Week 1 can do in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season. Actually, his response sounded like it came right out of Jason Garrett’s mouth.
“I kind of step back from that, setting the tone, because this is a long season,” Bryant said. “Once you win, you’ve just got to put it behind you and focus on the task at hand. You can’t look ahead.
“You’ve got to realize there’s another team we’ve got to face that next week.”