Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is continuing to weigh in on how the team will use its 2010 first-round draft pick, Dez Bryant. When we last checked in on the subject, Jones was saying it’s OK for the coaches to use Bryant on punt returns. And now Jones has some thoughts about what Bryant has to do to be more effective late in games.
Jones said he thinks that Bryant needs to be in better shape this season than he was last season for the Cowboys to be able to count on him in the second half.
“When he would lose concentration in the last part of the game, I don’t know if that was because of conditioning. I suspect it could’ve been,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “That’s not to be critical, but I suspect that, rather the injury had anything to do with that or not, those are the things that we’re working on so he can be more impactful in the latter part of the game.”
The stats seem to back Jones up: Bryant was much more productive before halftime last year (37 catches for 558 yards and seven touchdowns) than he was in the third and fourth quarters (25 catches for 344 yards and two touchdowns). When Jones says that there are things “we need to work on as a coaching staff to get him the ball,” some may view that as an owner meddling too much in the coaches’ decisions. But in the case of Bryant needing to get into better shape, he may be right.