Dez Bryant draws raves from veterans, and from Charles Barkley

When rookie receiver Dez Bryant dominated rookie defensive backs who’ll be wearing an NFL helmet this fall only if it’s part of a Halloween costume, men like owner Jerry Jones, coach Wade Phillips, and receivers coach Ray Sherman gushed.

But Bryant is now on the practice field with the ‘Boys big boys, and he’s definitely holding his own.

In a Monday appearance on the local ESPN Radio affiliate with Randy Galloway, tight end Jason Witten had great things to say about Dez.

I was impressed
today
,” Witten said regarding Bryant’s first day of OTA drills, via the Dallas Morning News.  “I think, you think back to when I was a rookie, and just how
anxious you are, and excited and nervous, and all the jitters
that go into it.  I don’t think we should jump the gun and judge
him off of just one day, or one week or two weeks.  He’s eager to
learn.  He wants to get better.  He loves playing football.  Those
are the traits that I think as a veteran you look for, ‘Hey, man,
we need to be able to count on this guy.’  So, he showed that
today, and I think he does have a lot of talent.  But, more than
that, he wants to get better, he wants to be coached.  He’s
looking forward to helping this team.  I know he’s young, but it’s
going to be a good opportunity for him, and, hopefully, he can
make some plays for us. . . .

“It’s just going to make us all
better, and he does have that trait that, you know, he gets the
ball at any point on the field he can do something with it. Yeah, a
guy like that, he can really change the game.  More than any of the
other stuff, he wants to be good, he wants to play, and that’s
what you want to see; not all the other crap that you hear about —
‘Does he want to play, does he want to get better?’, and he
showed that today, I thought.”

A player who had more direct exposure to Bryant, cornerback Mike Jenkins, was even more effusive in his praise of Dez.  “I heard a lot of hype about him coming in, and I definitely agree with
him being the first pick,” Jenkins said, per Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.  “The guy is going to be a great
receiver
in this league.”

And look out Roy Williams and Miles Austin:  “I think he has all the ability to be the best receiver we have,” Jenkins said.

In this regard, the video evidence is indisputable.  Clips from Bryant’s first sessions show him blowing past cornerback Terence Newman, albeit failing to make the catch.  (The video also shows plenty of contact and bump-and-run coverage, even though contact and bump-and-run coverage are supposed to be forbidden in offseason workouts.  We used to complain about this obvious disconnect between the rules and the application of them, but a head can be banged into a wall only so many times before the person doing the banging realizes that the wall ain’t going anywhere.)

Meanwhile, Charles Barkley declared during a Tuesday appearance on NBC’s Tonight Show that Bryant is Barkley’s new favorite football player.  But not because of Bryant’s abilities.  Barkley likes Bryant because he showed restraint when asked by Dolphins G.M. Jeff Ireland whether Bryant’s mother is now or ever has been a prostitute.

“Where I’m from you can talk about anything in the world, but if you
say something about somebody Mama you got no choice, you got to go!”
Barkley told Jay Leno, via WFAA.com.  “For him to have
the patience not to get up and beat the hell out the guy, he’s my new
favorite NFL player.”

We’ve got a feeling Bryant will be winning plenty of fans for other reasons once the games begin in September.

49 responses to “Dez Bryant draws raves from veterans, and from Charles Barkley

  1. Roy Williams, it sounds like you better bring a pillow to sit on so you don’t get ars sores from sitting on the bench the whole season.

  2. “Where I’m from you can talk about anything in the world, but if you say something about somebody Mama you got no choice, you got to go!” Barkley told Jay Leno, via WFAA.com. “For him to have the patience not to get up and beat the hell out the guy, he’s my new favorite NFL player.”
    ————————————–
    idiot

  3. Wait, a troubled rookie receiver gets effusive praise and there isn’t one mention of his off the field problems or how any future problems could derail his career? Wait, let me check something…oh, yep, he doesn’t play for the Bengals, so no snarky comments. Had the Bengals taken him, Florio would have laced every post about the guy with some “assuming he stays out of trouble” caveat.

  4. I can’t wait for the Cowboys haters to ignorantly call Mike Jenkins and Terrance Newman bad CB’s. Face it haters, it’s the Cowboys superbowl to lose.

  5. Are the clips from OTA’s from Bill Belichick’s spy cam, LOL
    Dez Bryant, Offensive ROY VIA OTA’s FTW, LOL, MEH…

  6. It would have taken great restraint for Charles Barkley not to have eaten Jeff Ireland.

  7. That’s a long post dedicated to building this guy up. You don’t share the same agent do you?

  8. @ Florio says: ” We used to complain……,but a head can be banged into a wall only so many times before the person doing the banging realizes that the wall ain’t going anywhere.)”
    ______________________________
    I’m glad you finally admitted it. Let’s hope the “staff” @ the PFT moon (can’t be a planet when it orbits NBC) take this as a learning tool and drop the over sensationalizing and constant posts about irrelevant topics…

  9. Florio, learn how to take the key parts from quotes and just post those. I don’t need to read 2 paragraphs from Jason Witten’s interview that basically say, “This guy was pretty good today, but it’s still early and we can’t judge him based on one day.”
    I wouldn’t call what Witten said “raving,” nor would I call Mike Jenkins validating his 1st round status raving either. He is saying that the guy is what you would expect from a 1st rounder. Plus, I’m sure both guys are trying to compliment their teammate to build his confidence as a rookie.

  10. “Wait, a troubled rookie receiver gets effusive praise and there isn’t one mention of his off the field problems or how any future problems could derail his career?”
    You been missing this website? They have been trying to link Bryant’s hooker mom to him all off season and the only thing they can dig up on Bryant himself is missing his cleats and being scared and lying about it due to some douchebag hasbeen. Get with it man.

  11. “Jerry Jones just blew a load after reading this.”
    SO DID I!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO COWBOYS!

  12. “Face it haters, it’s the Cowboys superbowl to lose.”
    Face it, losers, you’ve been saying that since Jerruh signed Parcells. Has it happened yet? Everyone remember when Felix Jones was the “amazing” rookie that was going to get Dallas the Lombardi? Chap, you’re as sad and pathetic as your mentor, Vox. We all await the usual two month Cowboys fans “disappearance’ from PFT when you tank it in the playoffs AGAIN. I see Dallas was ranked fourth in the nation in obesity. It’s impressive that you guys can stuff your mouths when you spend so much time running them. Do you type with one hand and shovel Ho-Hos (named in honor of Dez’s mom) with the other?

  13. Poor east96street, he’s so scared of Dez Bryant he’s about to poo his pants. Maybe LT will lend you some hookers and blow and some of the money he didn’t pay to raise his children to make you feel better.

  14. Why is there so much talk and acclaim about a rookie that hasn’t done anything in the NFL?
    Sincerely,
    Tim Tebow

  15. @ east96street
    I personally have only said once in the last few years that Dallas was going to the superbowl and they finished 13-3 and Patrick Cratyon dropped the playoffs. No one thought that Carter was going to bring a Superbowl to Dallas with Parcells. Dallas has the best team by far in the NFC going into this season. Will they win the superbowl? I can’t tell you that, but on paper, there is no reason why they should lose it. Paper is only good for one thing though and that is wiping your a$$. And in case you missed it, Felix Jones is a beast, if he had stayed healthy he would be considered one of the best.

  16. I really can’t think of a person whose opinion I value less than Charles Barkley.

  17. Hey, east96street. I have a message for you from us Cowboys fans: You’re a douchebag so go die in a fire.
    Let me guess, you’re another Cowboys hater because everyone else jumps on that bandwagon. “I hate them because you’re supposed to.” Or, are you just a disgruntled fan of a team whose ass the Cowboys whipped recently. Whichever it is, you Cowboy haters are pathetic and need to have your speaking privilages taken away.

  18. I hope Dez turns out to be all world just to validicate the stupidity of Belichick to pass on this kid. He was sitting there for receiver-needy Belichick, and he traded the pick to Dallas. It’s a worse loss for the Pats than gain for Dallas that already had a deep receiver corps.

  19. This guy has gotten an awful lot of pub for doing what he is supposed to be doing. He is doing what all NFL rookies do at OTA non – contact drills, which is work, learn, and try to get better. Make me wonder why everyone is kissing his but?

  20. AmishCowboy says:
    May 19, 2010 9:50 AM
    Too bad Tebow won’t have half the NFL career Bryant will have!
    hhhhmmmmmmm. Considering Bryant will be gone in 3 years and won’t get better do to lack of coaching talent and being a thug I think its safe to say Tebow will have a longer and better career.

  21. I love the quote from Witten. It’s on a par with one of the most famous quotes of all time, made by Descartes: “I think, therefore I am.” Cogito ergo sum. What a florking stupid quote. This is one of the bricks of western civilization? Makes me embarrassed to be part of western civilization. The ultimate diva phrase. TO, DeSean, Ocho Douchbago, Descartes, etc. Bunch of florkin self indulgent nutcases.
    Anyway, the Witten quote: “I think, you think”
    Brilliant.

  22. Sir Charles will take Dez to Vegas and show him how to beat the house every time. Followed by some tips to improve his golf swing.

  23. I love the quote from Witten. It’s on a par with one of the most famous quotes of all time, made by Descartes: “I think, therefore I am.” Cogito ergo sum. What a florking stupid quote. This is one of the bricks of western civilization? Makes me embarrassed to be part of western civilization. The ultimate diva phrase. TO, DeSean, Ocho Douchbago, Descartes, etc. Bunch of florkin self indulgent nutcases.
    Anyway, the Witten quote: “I think, you think”
    Brilliant.

  24. “This guy has gotten an awful lot of pub for doing what he is supposed to be doing. He is doing what all NFL rookies do at OTA non – contact drills, which is work, learn, and try to get better. Make me wonder why everyone is kissing his but?”
    When was the last time you heard a Pro Bowl CB talking about how some rookie receiver could end up being the best on their team?
    :popcorn:

  25. ” We used to complain about this obvious disconnect between the rules and the application of them, but a head can be banged into a wall only so many times before the person doing the banging realizes that the wall ain’t going anywhere.”
    And yet you bring it up again anyway. Please review the classic defintion of insanity, Florio.
    Oh, and which reader had May 19th in the “first mention of offseason contact” pool?

  26. I’ve been saying all along that Bryant was one of the two best players in this draft (Suh being the other). Cowgirls got a steal.

  27. Read up on Dez before you say he has off field trouble because he has none, only thing he has done is gone out to eat with Deon and late to meeting or practice in college, I would not call that off the field trouble no the facts before you accuse someone of having off the field trouble he is not pacman jones.

  28. Tim18 says:
    May 19, 2010 10:04 AM
    AmishCowboy says:
    May 19, 2010 9:50 AM
    Too bad Tebow won’t have half the NFL career Bryant will have!
    hhhhmmmmmmm. Considering Bryant will be gone in 3 years and won’t get better do to lack of coaching talent and being a thug I think its safe to say Tebow will have a longer and better career.
    ————————————————–
    and what exactly has mcdaniels done to say he is full of coaching talent?

  29. Is Dez going to be able to push the Cowboys past the Saints, Vikings, or Packers single-handedly? Because that is what is going to have to happen if the Cowboys are going to win the ‘Bowl.

  30. @ the redbengal
    Did you miss the beating the Cowboys put on the Saints? I will give you the Packers and the Vikings based off of last season but the Saints won the Superbowl… Another ignorant Cowboy Hater

  31. good point cbrainwatkins, but i think its safe to say once the players get paid that tebow will be motivated to get better on his own even without the coaching as where I could see Bryant getting complacent.

  32. hhhhmmmmmmm. Considering Bryant will be gone in 3 years and won’t get better do to lack of coaching talent and being a thug I think its safe to say Tebow will have a longer and better career.
    ———————–
    Yea… it’s not like they have any 7th rounders (Jay Ratliff) or undrafted free agents (Miles Austin, Tony Romo) making significant contributions to the team.

  33. As a Cowboys hater, I hate that they got this guy. He’s going to ball out… probably with his balls out, but ball out nonetheless.

  34. “Wait, a troubled rookie receiver gets effusive praise and there isn’t one mention of his off the field problems or how any future problems could derail his career? Wait, let me check something…oh, yep, he doesn’t play for the Bengals, so no snarky comments. Had the Bengals taken him, Florio would have laced every post about the guy with some “assuming he stays out of trouble” caveat. ”
    THIS MAN IS RIGHT ON POINT!
    But thats ok baby I LOVE BEING THE UNDERDOG! Cause when we beat their az z z I laugh at all of the excuses…..I need every Media outlet to DOG THE HELL OUT OF US …We Feed off of that motivation!

  35. Vox – Giants 33 – Dallas 31 & Giants 31 – Dallas 24. Nuff said. BTW – does a cellar dwelling little boy really want to bring up old players with legal problems? Wow, LT is in trouble with law. That’s as unusual as Michael Irvin getting in trouble with the law.
    Chap – If you showed restrain in the past, you’re the only one. You fanboys have been yapping for a decade. You’re almost as bad as Jets fans, but seeing that Dallas has won some Super Bowls since the 70s, the Jets fans are still the biggest a-holes. At least, you guys are right every once in awhile. Jets fans have been wrong for four decades straight. As for Jones staying healthy, well, if the Giants secondary had stayed healthy, NY makes the playoffs last year. Tough sport, injuries hurt every team. I freely admit the lack of injuries played a major role in the Giants Super Bowl run. I do remember that going into last year’s playoffs, Dallas was favored by many analysts simply because they had the fewest injuries of any team left in the NFC. How did that pan out for you guys against Minnesota?
    Deathpunch5000 – go die in a fire? That’s the best you got? Wow, a Dallas fan even sadder and more childish than Vox. Impressive. With a name like “Deathpunch5000” I did expect an absolutely moronic response. You did not disappoint. As for Dallas beating on “my team”, actually you assclowns were the starting point on the Giants run to the Super Bowl. Remember Jerruh’s face when Romo threw that INT at the end of the game? That was one of the funniest moments in sports. Last season, one of the Giants worse in years, NY still swept Dallas. There’s goes your theory. See if mommy will bring you some cookies to make your “ouchie” go away.

  36. Thug? Why would you label Dez Bryant a thug?
    He’s never been in trouble with the police nor ever beatin his women or gotten DUIs?
    He’s actually pretty soft spoken and nice.
    I happened to run into him at the Stadium’s pro shop.
    Is he a thug because he’s young, black, and doesn’t speak with the grammar of an anal English Professor?
    Yes. he’s such a thuggish ruggish one.
    That would make 85% of you guys white-trash, redneck, hillbillies.

  37. Not sure I see anything other than teammates saying what they are supposed to say about a high-profile rookie
    Even if he didnt do well, they would say this
    Not really much of a story, imo

  38. Not sure I see anything other than teammates saying what they are supposed to say about a high-profile rookie
    Even if he didnt do well, they would say this
    Not really much of a story, imo

  39. Oh it’s a story…and the incredible highlights of him having multiple touchdown games will dominate the media surge……and all you Cowboy haters can watch while we hoist the Lombardi Trophy at Jerry’s World!!!!!! $^*&$*#@ haters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. # Chapnasty2 says: May 19, 2010 9:49 AM
    @ east96street
    I personally have only said once in the last few years that Dallas was going to the superbowl and they finished 13-3 and Patrick Cratyon dropped the playoffs. No one thought that Carter was going to bring a Superbowl to Dallas with Parcells. Dallas has the best team by far in the NFC going into this season. Will they win the superbowl? I can’t tell you that, but on paper, there is no reason why they should lose it. Paper is only good for one thing though and that is wiping your a$$. And in case you missed it, Felix Jones is a beast, if he had stayed healthy he would be considered one of the best.
    _________________________________________
    The thing is is that Jones won’t be healthy all season, and you all do not have the best team on paper. I would say both Minnesota and Green Bay are better than the cowgurls right off the bat. Can I get some objectivity from a cowgirl fan? Furthermore, the discipline that Parcells instilled has almost completely evaporated and although they are a talented bunch the cowgurls finish 8-8 this year.
    By the way, that is a ringing endorsement from Sir Barkley. WHAT YOU SAY BOUT MY MOMMA?

  41. CLosISgood says: May 19, 2010 2:07 PM
    “Thug? Why would you label Dez Bryant a thug?
    He’s never been in trouble with the police nor ever beatin his women or gotten DUIs?
    He’s actually pretty soft spoken and nice.
    I happened to run into him at the Stadium’s pro shop.
    Is he a thug because he’s young, black, and doesn’t speak with the grammar of an anal English Professor?
    Yes. he’s such a thuggish ruggish one.
    That would make 85% of you guys white-trash, redneck, hillbillies.”
    —————
    Thank you! I have never brought the issue of race to these comments before, but let’s compare the treatment of Dez Bryant with the treatment of troubled white receiver Matt Jones. Jones is a cocaine addict, who has had several brushes with the law (including prison time in 2009). Is Jones a “thug”? Because Dez Bryant has had no brushes with the law, and hasn’t failed drug tests, and some call him a thug. I haven’t seen any commenter here call Matt Jones a thug. Maybe I missed it?

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