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Tony Romo sees greatness in Dez Bryant

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Dez Bryant has been a good receiver in his first two seasons with the Cowboys, but Tony Romo thinks Bryant is going to be more than just good. Bryant, Romo believes, has what it takes to be great.

Romo told CBS 11 in Dallas that he’s been impressed with Bryant this offseason and believes the best for Bryant is yet to come.

“He just keeps improving and improving. He’s a kid that I enjoy playing with because he wants to get better,” Romo said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s always asking, ‘Hey Tony, what can I do to be better?’ I love playing with guys like him, Miles [Austin] and these guys. They want to be better themselves and they’re trying to do anything they can to get better. The guys that really want to be great and have that ability to be great, you can’t have enough of those guys. And we got a few of them. Dez is just a great kid like that. He’s getting better and better every week.”

Bryant had a solid second NFL season last year, with 63 catches for 928 yards and nine touchdowns. But all the talk coming out of Dallas this offseason has been about Bryant taking a step beyond “solid” and toward becoming the kind of spectacular player the Cowboys thought they were drafting in the first round in 2010. Romo sounds confident that Bryant will do just that.

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  1. simonwelds says: Jun 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    Didn’t he also see greatness in Roy Williams …. The quote was almost identical

  2. tejguy says: Jun 18, 2012 9:44 AM

    Dez Bryant has the skills and talent to be a great WR without a doubt, his early immaturity and injuries is what really held him back. Hopefully he can put all that behind him and focus on producing on the field and being a good teammate.

  3. tombradyallday says: Jun 18, 2012 9:46 AM

    dez is a good player his only problem is running full speed in the 4th quarter

  4. dontouchmyjunk says: Jun 18, 2012 9:54 AM

    It’s now getting to be that time of year where it’s time to tune out all these worthless NFL non-stories and come back when there’s actually something of substance to read about. See you folks in late July when camps begin.

  5. pioniere says: Jun 18, 2012 9:56 AM

    Of course, Tony Romo is an expert on what it takes to become ‘great’, aren’t you Tony.

  6. cantgetenoughwp says: Jun 18, 2012 9:59 AM

    Any greatness on the part of Bryant will likely coincide with the absence of Romo.

  7. luckyexpert says: Jun 18, 2012 10:02 AM

    “Didn’t he also see greatness in Roy Williams …. The quote was almost identical”

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    Nope, i don’t think Romo ever said that. You are probably thinking about what Roy Williams said about Roy Williams.

  8. peytonsdick18 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:14 AM

    But will visions of greatness dancing in their heads translate into more than just one playoff win in fifteen years?

  9. heyguru1969 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:16 AM

    Much of Bryant’s greatness, or Witten’s or Austin’s will depend on how improved their O-Line is in 2012. So far things sound much more solid, but they’ll be more of a determining factor than people think. No QB is any good throwing from his back.

  10. thetroofishere says: Jun 18, 2012 10:44 AM

    @peytonsdick18

    How many Super Bowls has your team won in the past 20 years?

  11. knucklebucket says: Jun 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    Too bad Bryant doesn’t see greatness in Tony Romo.

  12. chiefsnfl says: Jun 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    It takes greatness to spot greatness. Unfortunately, Tony Romo is not great.

  13. pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    As long as Dez stays healthy we should see a breakout year. I’m going with 80+ catches 1200+ yds and 9+ tds. Plus another 1 td from a punt return.

  14. johnnyjagfan says: Jun 18, 2012 11:07 AM

    Third season is where a lot of WRs get their game together. I like Dez this year.

  15. buddybowl69 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:42 AM

    “He’s always asking, ‘Hey Tony, what can I do to be better?’

    And Tony tells him he needs a better quarterback.

  16. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:42 AM

    He’s always had the ball skills and athleticism to be great, but now when I watch him play I see something else alot more meaningful towards becoming the greatest. This guy is absolutely fearless and he knows he’s better than you. His mannerisms on the field tell the tale…you will fear him.

  17. bluebongzilla says: Jun 18, 2012 11:47 AM

    chiefsnfl says: Jun 18, 2012 10:46 AM

    It takes greatness to spot greatness. Unfortunately, Tony Romo is not great.

    ++++++++++++++++++

    “It takes greatness to spot greatness.”

  18. cooklynn17 says: Jun 18, 2012 11:58 AM

    pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    As long as Dez stays healthy we should see a breakout year. I’m going with 80+ catches 1200+ yds and 9+ tds. Plus another 1 td from a punt return.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What are you, Nostradamus? Allow we to clue you into football 101 there player.

    Dez will be getting less than 80 catches and way less than 9 td’s. Because his track record says as much.

  19. suggsbradycrowder says: Jun 18, 2012 11:59 AM

    Dez Bryant sees a wase of a roster spot in Tony Romo

  20. blasterpastor says: Jun 18, 2012 12:06 PM

    Tony, Dez will only be as good as you are! Take note!

  21. pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 12:16 PM

    pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    As long as Dez stays healthy we should see a breakout year. I’m going with 80+ catches 1200+ yds and 9+ tds. Plus another 1 td from a punt return.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What are you, Nostradamus? Allow we to clue you into football 101 there player.

    Dez will be getting less than 80 catches and way less than 9 td’s. Because his track record says as much.

    ——–

    Allow me to clue you in….the whole point is it takes a receiver about 3 yrs to get acclimated to the NFL. Go look at Rice, Irvin, etc. Takes some time…if you think that’s the track record then it’s a good thing we didn’t cut Irvin after year 3. My guess is what he should be at as a breakout year. So with that’s said….take that clue and stuff it up your….

  22. trefkennedy says: Jun 18, 2012 1:06 PM

    I’ll take Miles over Dez cause why are we the only franchise that after 3 seasons were making Dez the number 1 smh, like when the colts had Harrison and Wayne,after 3 seasons they weren’t trying to make Wayne the number 1 wr, they were a great duo smh our TeamCowboys

  23. lachamp45 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:07 PM

    Ha Haaa! Go Rams…Tony the choker sees greatness..How would he know? Dallas o-line sucks, even with one of the great Trojans anchoring the left side..No chance for Dallas in the improving NFC East, the best conference in football…Gonna love seeing the skins hand you the hat and sweep you this season…HA HAAAA!!!

  24. bangitfootball says: Jun 18, 2012 1:08 PM

    They both need to step it up. Bryant gets injured because hes out of shape and Romo needs to stop those killer interceptions. Bryant is a beast and needs to train harder before the season starts he constantly takes plays off.

  25. bobhk says: Jun 18, 2012 1:14 PM

    pesh00 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 12:16 PM
    pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    As long as Dez stays healthy we should see a breakout year. I’m going with 80+ catches 1200+ yds and 9+ tds. Plus another 1 td from a punt return.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What are you, Nostradamus? Allow we to clue you into football 101 there player.

    Dez will be getting less than 80 catches and way less than 9 td’s. Because his track record says as much.

    ——–

    Allow me to clue you in….the whole point is it takes a receiver about 3 yrs to get acclimated to the NFL. Go look at Rice, Irvin, etc. Takes some time…if you think that’s the track record then it’s a good thing we didn’t cut Irvin after year 3. My guess is what he should be at as a breakout year. So with that’s said….take that clue and stuff it up your….
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    Did you actually put Bryant in the same sentence as Rice? Rice had 927 yards in his rookie year and over 1500 yards in his second. Irvin took some time but his QB was a very green QB in his first couple of years, not a pro-bowl QB like Romo.

    Besides, if Bryant is really that good and primed to break out, why are there sooo many articles talking about it. Shouldn’t it be taken for granted instead of everyone talking about it.

  26. nypd1056 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:15 PM

    If you want these two to be great, send them to NY, Eli will take care of them

  27. billhicks666 says: Jun 18, 2012 1:27 PM

    Who doesn’t see potential greatness in Dez Bryant? The guy is a beast, and I hate the Cowboys. The only thing that can really hold back Dez Bryant is Dez Bryant. He’s got to fix things between the ears.

  28. gojags says: Jun 18, 2012 1:31 PM

    I tend to think that these players are really talented. Only problem once they were the Cowboys uniform they get the mentality/egomanic-ity of their owner. Can’t blame them.

  29. airgarrett says: Jun 18, 2012 2:20 PM

    I’m liking the things people are saying about Dez this season. Heck the guy had over 900 yards even thou he ran outta gas in the second half of games last season so imagine what he can do while being 100% in the second half of games. You put a very good qb with a very good wr and things are looking great this season.

  30. olewize1 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:44 PM

    How come romo is to blame for dez not being perfect? Last I checked he has one of the best NFL qb stats across the board.. Dez is only 2 yrs in.. This year will be different but u people will always find something to complain about.. Stats dont lie..

  31. pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    bobhk says:
    Jun 18, 2012 1:14 PM
    pesh00 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 12:16 PM
    pesh00 says: Jun 18, 2012 10:53 AM

    As long as Dez stays healthy we should see a breakout year. I’m going with 80+ catches 1200+ yds and 9+ tds. Plus another 1 td from a punt return.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    What are you, Nostradamus? Allow we to clue you into football 101 there player.

    Dez will be getting less than 80 catches and way less than 9 td’s. Because his track record says as much.

    ——–

    Allow me to clue you in….the whole point is it takes a receiver about 3 yrs to get acclimated to the NFL. Go look at Rice, Irvin, etc. Takes some time…if you think that’s the track record then it’s a good thing we didn’t cut Irvin after year 3. My guess is what he should be at as a breakout year. So with that’s said….take that clue and stuff it up your….
    ————-
    Did you actually put Bryant in the same sentence as Rice? Rice had 927 yards in his rookie year and over 1500 yards in his second. Irvin took some time but his QB was a very green QB in his first couple of years, not a pro-bowl QB like Romo.

    Besides, if Bryant is really that good and primed to break out, why are there sooo many articles talking about it. Shouldn’t it be taken for granted instead of everyone talking about it.

     ———-
    Given the fact that Rice had his own comment recently on Dez….that would mean he put them in the same sentence….not me.

    Again, if Dez can stay healthy and a full offseason….but go ahead and cOntinue to pull out only bits and pieces from my statements to argue on. No reason to look at the full picture….

  32. ezdoesit209 says: Jun 18, 2012 2:57 PM

    Just ask the DB’s in the league that have already tangled with a raw Dez Bryant what they’d expect from a seasoned Dez Bryant. I’m willing to bet that they’d double down on greatness! The kid is the truth. He just needs to get in shape and stay away from trouble off the field (which he’s done this year).

  33. ezdoesit209 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:00 PM

    And all the Romo bashing is getting old. It’s clear that he wasn’t the problem last season, the lack of defense was. Anyone who thinks that he’s a bad QB is an idiot.

  34. stevebozeman says: Jun 18, 2012 3:23 PM

    Hide and watch haters. I’m amazed why so many people waste their time posting about a filler article on PFT. Move along their is no news here but Dez will step up and be great this year.

  35. chuckleberry1974 says: Jun 18, 2012 3:36 PM

    I still don’t understand the hatred for Tony Romo. I understand the reticence to call him an all-time great, but he is a great QB now. Certainly better than Cassell.

  36. lachamp45 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:02 PM

    Nothing wrong with Tony, except he has choked in crucial situations in big games. Of course he has improved, sh!t even Alex Smith got better. But look at some of the big games lost. Look at the playoff record. That’s not the Cowboys way. Now the o-line has gotten less talented, and the defense needs rebuilding…..Washington is on the rise. The Eagles will be Superbowl favorites. And the Giants are…oh yeah, Superbowl Cahmps…Dallas will be lucky to play 500 ball this season.
    Dez Bryant…hmmm, was it his fault he didn’t catch passes in second half of games after huge first halves or was it Romo?….play the twilight zone music….

  37. bobhk says: Jun 18, 2012 4:21 PM

    pesh00 says:
    Jun 18, 2012 2:51 PM

    Allow me to clue you in….the whole point is it takes a receiver about 3 yrs to get acclimated to the NFL. Go look at Rice, Irvin, etc. Takes some time…if you think that’s the track record then it’s a good thing we didn’t cut Irvin after year 3. My guess is what he should be at as a breakout year. So with that’s said….take that clue and stuff it up your….
    ————-
    Did you actually put Bryant in the same sentence as Rice? Rice had 927 yards in his rookie year and over 1500 yards in his second. Irvin took some time but his QB was a very green QB in his first couple of years, not a pro-bowl QB like Romo.

    Besides, if Bryant is really that good and primed to break out, why are there sooo many articles talking about it. Shouldn’t it be taken for granted instead of everyone talking about it.

    ———-
    Given the fact that Rice had his own comment recently on Dez….that would mean he put them in the same sentence….not me.

    Again, if Dez can stay healthy and a full offseason….but go ahead and cOntinue to pull out only bits and pieces from my statements to argue on. No reason to look at the full picture….
    ————-
    Don’t know about Rice’s comments but perhaps you can post a link here.
    But, anyone with some common sense would not put Bryant in the same sentence as Rice (or even Irvin). It’s one of the few things in NFL that are given.

    It remains to be seen if Bryant will be good/great. I’m not a cowboys fan but I’d much rather take Austin if I were.

    Why is there incessant need to justify/prop up Bryant if he’s that good. You don’t see that being done for Fitzgerald or Megatron.

  38. king102282 says: Jun 18, 2012 4:37 PM

    tony romo is a top ten qb in the nfl, only qb’s that ppl can say are better is rodgers, brees, brady, manning boys, big ben has the rings but i dont think he’s a better qb, put him on the list as well bc of the rings… no one else has rings, rivers doesnt catch as much hell as romo, but he should….. cowboys will demand respect on both sides of the ball, nfc east is the best division in football and we will be one of the top two teams, besides the eagles, and we owe them….. ready for the season to start…..

  39. nflnut says: Jun 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Gojags – This Knucklehead is a JAGS fan and he criticizes the Dallas Cowboys. Are you freaking kidding me. You talk about Jerry Jones a guy that will do what ever it takes to win, what has your beloved JAGS DONE LATELY, Oh yeah they got you a QB that is petrified to get hit. Trust me as a JAGS FAN you have no right to criticize any team because yours has done NOTHING.. By the Way LEARN HOW TO SPELL..NUMB NUTTS..

  40. backindasaddle says: Jun 18, 2012 9:05 PM

    “Tony Romo sees greatness in Dez Bryant”
    ————————————————————

    I see an enormously talented athlete in need of a brain transplant.

  41. capncomeback says: Jun 19, 2012 12:14 PM

    Hey Cooklynn17, allow ME to clue you in about English 101: me is spelled m-e, not w-e. Learn to spell and check your posts for accuracy. As any real football fan knows, the 3rd year is normally the breakout year for wide-outs. Usually it takes that long for receivers to learn correct pattern running, getting in and out of breaks smoothly and quickly and just generally how to play in the NFL where everyone’s as fast as you (some faster) and damn near every player was the stud on his HS team and usually his college team, also. Dez possesses all the attributes of a great wide-out. Great hands, very to to excellent speed, the ability to turn into a defender when necessary, going up and getting jump balls, etc. He WILL be a HOFer IMO if he continues to work hard and stay injury

  42. cantgetenoughwp says: Jun 19, 2012 3:13 PM

    ezdoesit209 says:

    “And all the Romo bashing is getting old. It’s clear that he wasn’t the problem last season, the lack of defense was. Anyone who thinks that he’s a bad QB is an idiot.”

    Relax man. It’s a game, and people of opposing teams like to rib each other. Do you know how much Eli bashing I’ve witnessed over the years?

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