Dez Bryant, Cowboys Rookie Mini-Camp Update and Photos
We normally wouldn’t write about rookie mini-camp, but there is so much attention surrounding Cowboys’ first-rounder Dez Bryant that we felt obligated to report on his initial performance.
First, the bad: Bryant was noticeably fatigued. He bent over to catch his breath after multiple plays and took his helmet off when other players did not. Bryant admitted in a post-practice interview that he needs to better his conditioning.
Coach Wade Phillips said, “I think Dez said he lost nine pounds today. He got the message.”
Wide receivers coach Ray Sherman added, “He’ll be fine. It’s a good learning experience. I told them in the beginning, ‘One thing you guys don’t understand is you’re going to run more than you ever have in your life.’ And they kind of look at you like, ‘OK.’ And then they get out here and we put them through everything and they see what you’re talking about.”
The good news is that conditioning is something which can be achieved through hard work. It isn’t a natural talent, meaning Bryant will be fine for the start of training camp (assuming he is as dedicated as we believe).
Now, for the real good news: other than his lack of conditioning, the “new #88” looked sensational. He caught everything thrown his way, including a couple of one-handers. With the recent struggles of a few big-name Cowboys receivers being dropped balls, this will be a welcome change to Dallas fans.
Bryant also ran fairly crisp routes for a rookie. He displayed his athleticism, quick change of direction, and did an excellent job of attacking the football.
Of course, we must remember that this is just mini-camp. However, the “bad” of Bryant’s camp debut will change. The “good” is here to stay.