Dez Bryant believes he’s going to eclipse his career year of 2014

Dez Bryant is still working his way back from foot and ankle surgeries, but that apparently hasn’t taken a toll on his immense confidence. Despite not being fully cleared for practice, the outspoken Dallas Cowboys wide receivers believes he will be better than he’s ever been.

"Man, I’m not even trying to [get back] to 2014," Bryant told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. "I’m past that. I’m going to be better than that. I’m going to. The way we’ve been working, the way the coaches have been on us, the way we’ve been holding each other accountable, I think that alone is going to make us all be better than what we were in these past years."

Eclipsing his 2014 output is going to be a tall order. Bryant had 88 catches for 1,320 yards and a league-leading 16 receiving touchdowns. He’s coming off an injury-plagued year in 2015, having career lows in receptions (31), receiving yards (401) and touchdowns (3).

But Bryant isn’t pressing in his rehab, giving his body time to fully heal.

"I’m trying my best to remain patient because we have a long way to go," said Bryant, who will have X-rays next week. "I’m just going to remain that way and just wait until they let me back on the field."