Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has big goals this season, saying he wants to catch 20 touchdowns and gain 2,000 receiving yards.
He figures he owes the Cowboys that much for their faith in him.
Bryant said the loyalty the team showed during last year’s tumultuous offseason and other trying times was not forgotten.
“It means a lot. I give a lot of credit to them,” Bryant said, via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “They stuck their neck out for me and they stayed with me. The time when I didn’t understand certain things, they did their best to help me understand things.
“I feel like it’s my job to pay them back by going out and working hard.”
There’s no doubt Bryant’s doing that. His numbers put him among the best in the league, but Bryant said he thinks of himself as the top of the group.
“If you’re a wideout, that is supposed to be your mindset,” Bryant said. “You don’t want to be second. You don’t want to be third. You want to be the best. That is what I’m trying to do.”
Bryant has not only performed on the field, but he has stayed out of the headlines for off-field issues. That’s allowed his talent to show, and that talent is the reason the Cowboys were patient with him.