The initial group of NFL practices for rookie receiver Dez Bryant triggered a stream of superlatives from the likes of owner Jerry Jones, coach Wade Phillips, and receivers coach Ray Sherman, who suggested that Bryant will be even more special that special players Sherman has coached with names like Jerry Rice, Randy Moss, and Terrell Owens.
Finally, someone connected to the franchise is offering a more practical assessment of the next great Dallas wideout, who to date has performed only against assorted rookies and slapolas.
In an appearance on Sirius NFL Radio with Howard David, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett discussed the realities that face receivers who enter the NFL, like Bryant. “He’s a rookie, a
young guy and particularly at that position, it’s hard to transition
into the league as a receiver,” Garrett said, via the Dallas Morning News. “There are a number of guys who’ve been
drafted high and it’s taken them a couple of years to get themselves
acclimated to the NFL game. He’ll have a transition like a lot of other
people but we’re certainly excited about what we saw on the field and
about kind of person he is.”
Garrett didn’t mention that plenty of the pass-catchers who have been drafted high never make the transition, becoming busts. We listed a decade’s worth of first-round wideout washouts in arguing that teams should opt instead to trade for proven veterans, like Brandon Marshall.
At this point, no one knows whether Dez Bryant will become a great player. But Cowboys fans should be encouraged that not everyone in the organization expects him to make the same instant impact last seen when Moss made good on a nonchalant vow to “rip this league up.”