Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant needs to be a No. 1 receiver


Dez Bryant has been the subject of a lot of chatter this offseason.

His first two NFL seasons have been a mixture of obvious talent, frustrating injuries and questions about whether or not he has the makeup to make good on that obvious talent. Earlier this month, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expressed worry that Bryant’s conditioning wasn’t good enough to keep him at a top level throughout games. He repeated that worry at the end of minicamp while also saying he thinks Bryant has progressed.

“I know one thing,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “He certainly is different as far as his maturity and as far as his understanding of what it takes to play in the National Football League than when he got here.”

Another member of the Jones family also weighed in on Bryant. Cowboys Executive V.P. Stephen Jones said during an interview on KESN-FM that the Cowboys want to see Bryant take a big leap forward on the field as well this season.

“Well, I think he needs to be a No. 1 receiver. Not to take anything away from Miles [Austin], but I would submit to you that when we line up out there that the guy that they’re the most worried about is Dez,” Stephen Jones said. “And he’s got to be that guy, and even when they do try to stop him, the great ones still make a lot of plays. Tony’s got to be able to count on him, he’s got to run the right routes at the right depths and be a precise route runner. Those are the things he’s got to improve on. If he can do those things, then obviously we can really achieve what we want to accomplish, which is win a championship.”

Winning a championship as a result of growth from Bryant might not be as obvious to the masses as it is to the younger Jones, but it would obviously be a good thing for the Cowboys offense. Austin has produced like a top receiver for the last few years and bumping Bryant up to a higher level would make life much more difficult on defenses.

There’s a little time to fill with more talk about Bryant before we get a chance to see if he makes the leap this season. His ability to do so will be key to the Cowboys’ success this season.

18 responses to “Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant needs to be a No. 1 receiver

  1. Injuries slowed him last year, so he perhaps gets a mulligan.

    His surgically repaired ankle didn’t allow him to start running until August. Add that to the lockout and he came into the season unconditioned.

    He should have been able to play himself into shape but had a few leg problems along the way which didn’t help.

    A full off-season of focus and conditioning, and the sky is the limit this year if he can stay healthy.

  2. sports_dude says:
    Jun 15, 2012 12:59 PM
    Hakeem Nicks?!?! More like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitz…Hakeem Nicks hahahahaha
    Johnson and Fitzgerald?? Why don’t you wait to see if he even reaches Nicks level before trying to see if he can touch the ground that Megatron or Fitz walk on.

    Besides, Austin is still the better WR. For where he’s drafted Bryant is a disappointment.

  3. Yea Hakeem Nicks is really good. and there is basically no chance dez ever gets too megatron or fitz’s level. they are the all time greats.

  4. I saw someone oh here laugh at Hakeem Nicks. Keep laughing. Even Michael Irving himself calls Nicks the leader of the “88 Club”. He is a top 5 or 6 receiver and has done something no Cowgirls receiver has done since Mr. Irvin: SHOW UP HUGE IN THE PLAYOFFS. Dominating performance against Atlanta and Green Bay on the road. Hey, keep laughing and he’ll keep winning .

  5. Stephen Jones: Dez Bryant needs to be a No. 1 receiver

    Dez Bryant needs to grown a brain.

  6. It blows my mind how short term peoples memories are. In 2009 Miles had 1300 yards and 11 tds in 9 starts.. Hes PROVEN that he is an elite receiver. Dez on the other hand hasnt proven anything even with Dallas trying to force balls to him that he doesnt deserve. He is not much more than a glorified posession receiver who can break tackles and doesnt go down when he should. Until the Cowboys realize Miles is their deep threat/guy that can take a slant 90 yards and Dez is your go to guy on 3rd and 8, they will never live up to their potential.

  7. Some guys get by through college just on talent and don’t develop a work ethic. Dez Bryant was one of those. Austin was not, he had to work to be in that position and until Bryant figures his priorities out, Austin will be the number one receiver on the Cowboys.

  8. Ok, but if the D is worrying most about stopping Dez, wouldn’t the smart move be to get the ball to single covered Austin? Stupid Cowboys- a nice slice of the thought process of a mismanaged team.

  9. Eaglesnoles05,

    Yeah Eagles have a lot to talk about mismanagement. You guys gave that cry baby Meshawn a contract extension. Yeah that was real smart. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

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