Dez Bryant says he’s off punt returns, vows to come back

AP

Apparently two straight games with special teams mistakes was enough to make Dez Bryant solely an offensive player.

The Cowboys wide receiver said he was off punt returns, according to Jimmy Burch of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Asked Thursday if he was still the guy, Bryant replied: “I don’t think so. But I promise you, man, I’m going to bet back in their ear. I’m going to get in their ear about that.”

Bryant picked up a bouncer against the Panthers that nearly turned into a disaster, and fumbled last week against the Giants. Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley replaced him last week after the fumble.

“I was very understanding,” Bryant said. “But like I said, I’m going to get back in coach’s ear. I think it will be hard for him to tell me ‘no.’ I’m going to continue to keep working at it. It’s not hard for me to catch a punt. I just need to feel it in and stop looking upfield and think before catching the rock. That should be my first objective, to catch the ball and then go make a play.”

Bryant has a 44-yarder on his resume, and obviously has the most big-play potential of the Cowboys current options.

But big plays cut both directions.