Stephen Jones wants to see Dez Bryant in better shape

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A year ago, Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was in the midst of a months-long contract negotiation. Bryant got the five-year, $70 million contract he wanted, but he struggled through an injury-plagued season that saw him have career lows in catches, yards and touchdowns. Stephen Jones thinks the contract negotiation and the injury are related.

Jones, the Cowboys’ executive vice president, said Bryant is working hard in the offseason program this year, but last year he wasn’t in good shape because he spent so much time away from the facility.

“He’s done an outstanding job and been committed to being around and I think that’s only getting better. That’s what we need of him, is to get well and do his rehab and then get in great shape,” Jones said. “I think one of the tough things about last year for Dez, he plays with such energy, that with the contract dispute, if you will, he wasn’t around, which is business, and consequently he probably wasn’t in his best shape going into the season and then you start to add the injuries when players aren’t in shape and they continued on through training camp and then on into the season and we ended up not having him much last year, so if he can get his rehab done and get himself in top condition, then I think we’ll see the same Dez that we saw two years ago.”

If the Cowboys see the same Dez they saw two years ago, then perhaps they’ll be back in the playoffs, as they were two years ago.

39 responses to “Stephen Jones wants to see Dez Bryant in better shape

  1. This is reminiscent of Jerry Jones telling the media a couple of years ago that Romo needed to step up and work harder. Neither of these players should have to be prodded to be better especially at this stage of their careers. Either you have the drive or you don’t.

  2. officialgame says:
    May 12, 2016 7:02 AM
    Bryant will be fine, its the Elmers glue holding Romo together Jones needs to be worrying about.
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    Just horrible… should be gorilla glue at least…

  3. I love Stephen Jones. He’s telling it like it is. But if Romo can stay healthy, the Cowboys could win without Dez. Great WRs are a luxury. Dez is a great WR, but he doesn’t affect the win column like a franchise QB does.

  4. officialgame says:
    May 12, 2016 7:02 AM

    Bryant will be fine, its the Elmers glue holding Romo together Jones needs to be worrying about.

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    I see what you did there. Well played.

  5. So glad the Cobwoys drafted a running back and a linebacker who’ll never play effectively in the NFL instead of Romos replacement….

    If anyone thinks Romo will hold up this season, they’re delusional to say the least…

  6. tonebones says:
    May 12, 2016 7:44 AM
    I love Stephen Jones. He’s telling it like it is. But if Romo can stay healthy, the Cowboys could win without Dez. Great WRs are a luxury. Dez is a great WR, but he doesn’t affect the win column like a franchise QB does.

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    Suddenly Romo’s only problem is health? He’s been healthy many times and lost the division.

  7. I never thought I’d admit to someone being more annoying, but Stephen Jones is giving Jerry a run for his money. He’s becoming more of a football “guru” every year. A few years ago he just sat in the background with that little grin. Now he’s advising the players and coaches on everyday operations and conditioning techniques. I can see him being like Jim Irsay years from now when dad fades out of the picture.

  8. gpete1962 says:
    May 12, 2016 7:26 AM
    The best of DEZ has come and gone. he never showed any heart last year.

    Is this guy serious he never showed any heart last year. Bro do you even play sports do you even know what kind of an injury a broken foot is to an athlete or how long it takes to heal. Your lack of overal intelligence on the subject is laughable. Any other player who has had that kind of breaks missed entire seasons not a few weeks. Julio jones Hakeem nicks Kevin durant yao Ming Joel embiid I can go on and on with guys who had the same break and didn’t come back

  9. For all the Cowboy haters calling Stephen Jones annoying, and another Jim Irsay, understand that Dallas has put together arguably the best offensive line in football exclusively through the draft. Guess what? That’s not Jerry’s doing.

    Garrett and Stephen have a lot more control then people think. If Romo is healthy this team can win a Super Bowl. That isn’t an exaggeration. The problem is Romo can’t stay healthy. And with Kellen Moore as a backup, Big D will be screwed yet again.

  10. The Cowboys are going to win the Super Bowl this year. Not GreenBay, Carolina, New England, Seattle, or Denver. Why do I know this? Because I know things.

  11. “This is reminiscent of Jerry Jones telling the media a couple of years ago that Romo needed to step up and work harder. ”

    Only a hater could possibly massage this interpretation of what Jones said.

    It is literally impossible for a world class athlete to train on his own and have the same result that he would get from training within his team’s system, with his team’s trainers. The only athlete I can recall being able to do that was Dan Gable, an Olympic Wrestler.

    No matter how hard you work on your own, you can’t push yourself as much as a professional trainer. You can’t monitor your training to understand when you are ‘over-doing’ or ‘under-doing’ one particular area.

  12. If Romo is healthy this team can win a Super Bowl. That isn’t an exaggeration.

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    Right, because of all the postseason success the younger, healthier version of Romo had with the Cowboys… Who’s to say they’re not an 8-8 team even with him healthy? They had one good season, bookended by a bunch of 8-8 seasons and a 4-12 season. If you think Romo’s health is their only problem, you’re crazy.

  13. “jagsfanugh says:
    May 12, 2016 7:50 AM

    Listening to Dez talk i can see college did nothing for him educational wise.”
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    Too funny. And this commenter probably doesn’t even see the irony in his statement.

  14. Stephen does seem to be taking control more and more. I wonder if he will be able to afford to keep the Cowboys after Jerry passes on to wherever it is he will end up and Stephen gets the Death Tax bill or have to sell ala Georgia Frontiere’s kids.

  15. Not aCowboys fan, but I have to defend Dez here
    Stephen Jones seriously thinks that Dez had career lows
    because of his contract????

    That’s laughable!
    It’s because Tony Romo played FOUR GAMES!!
    Take the #1 QB off any team for 12 games & the WRs are
    going to suffer

    Jones need to keep quiet or fear alienating his best offensive threat

  16. Duh! Players are inherently lazy b/c of their entitlement attitude.
    As an employer, I EXPECT my employees to be prepared to perform their work responsibilities. There is NOTHING wrong with that.

    Players ALWAYS show up to camp fat and out of shape yet they expect to get that NFL check even though they’re on the PUP list after pulling hamstrings b/c they are so incredibly fat and lazy.

  17. Maybe he was out of shape because he couldn’t walk after his foot surgery…..its amazing how these cowboy owners talk about their injured players….as if they are some animal or something….first it was Romo, then Jaylon now Dez……they are human beings, it doesn’t matter how much money they make, if they are hurt they can not play until they are well….Dez should have never came back last yr, instead of appreciating the effort trying to get back on the field to help out his 4 win team all we hear about is how much he makes and he was out of shape ……

  18. The Cowboys need a burner across from Bryant… someone that can take the top off of the defense and some pressure off of him. If they find someone to stretch the field and Romo stays healthy the Cowboys will be around come playoff time, if not expect no better than 8-8.

  19. Unless that collarbone plate came from planet krypton, the boys will be 5-11 again.

  20. jvw1982…..I wonder how you feel about how the media portrays NFL owners, Roger Goodell, and NFL management.
    The media publicly destroys them to portray them as LESS than human due to alleged “greed”, as if NFL players, De Smith, and the NFLPA are “not greedy” and are so ridiculously holier than thou that the players cannot be criticized at all b/c of what amazing people they are.

    Many NFL players are NOT good human beings. That is a FACT.

  21. So we got another Dr. Jones, MD, lining up now in the Cowboys’ ownership? Normally, I would LMAO but as a Raider fan I know just what kinda hole a delusional, egotistical owner/GM can put their team in for years to come. Thank Gawd that Mark Davis knows he doesn’t know crap and so hired a real GM and let’s Reggie run the football side. Looks like Dr. Jones Jr. is a chip off the old block… Cowboys fans, I feel your pain!
    As for the “Romo was hurt” excuses, the reality is that he’s an aging QB with half a back and a collarbone he broke TWICE that they shaved down to relieve pain rather than strengthen with a plate. You think he’s gonna last 10 games, let alone 16 plus playoffs?!?!? That I will LMAO!! And last I checked, your “great o-line” doesn’t play defense or generate a pass rush which the Boys WILL have a huge issue with this year. I expect them to have to play from behind a lot (which will limit Elliot) and maybe win 7-8 games. Defense still wins championships, and the Boys don’t have one, and for that you can thank Jerrah & Co.

  22. justintuckrule says:
    May 12, 2016 10:15 AM
    Unless that collarbone plate came from planet krypton, the boys will be 5-11 again.

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    Thank you sir. I needed that chuckle.

  23. Is it just me or is it that every time this guy or his father speaks it comes out as a rambling, run-on sentence that has the clarity of mud?

  24. Debbie Bryant is suffering from the same affliction as DT in Denver, they disappear after a big pay day. When will teams learn giving big paycheck to a position other than QB is usually not the best idea?

  25. jvw1982…..I wonder how you feel about how the media portrays NFL owners, Roger Goodell, and NFL management.
    The media publicly destroys them to portray them as LESS than human due to alleged “greed”, as if NFL players, De Smith, and the NFLPA are “not greedy” and are so ridiculously holier than thou that the players cannot be criticized at all b/c of what amazing people they are.

    Many NFL players are NOT good human beings. That is a FACT.

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    When Billions of dollars are at stake, I have no problem with the guys who will have life long injuries and health issues to get as much of that as possible considering the fans are paying this money to see them play…..their careers are short unlike the owners who have never played the game at that level and wills the team down to a family member when they die. No one said the players can’t be criticized when they are asking for more money than the market dictates or when they break the law, but to hear a owner complain about a guy who busted his hump to get back on the field and play hurt jeopardizing his short career in the process, makes me think they earned that portrayal by the media

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