Dez Bryant has received a lot of media attention since joining the league in 2010 after being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round with their 24th pick. Whether it is really warranted or not is another question.
The Dallas Cowboys are arguably the most recognizable sports franchise in the entire world and they are no strangers to the media attention that it attracts. This is both a good and bad thing in regards to Dez Bryant.
Bryant's personality makes him stand out and often times his passion for the game can be misconstrued to the point where a lot of people believe he is a detriment to the team. I for one am not one of those people.
It was announced Wednesday that Bryant had X-rays on his surgically repaired right foot and if all goes as planned he should be able to participate in some fashion in the remaining OTA's and minicamp later in the month.
Dez Bryant will do xray today and could be cleared. Even if cleared Cowboys may still be cautious with him
This is certainly really good news for both Bryant and the Cowboys, because Bryant should be back to 100% when the 2016 season kicks off and taking things slow on the Cowboys part is a wise move. Bryant seems to need these off-season practices in order to get ready for the season.
I personally think that one of the contributing factors to Bryant's injury in 2015 was the fact that he missed a lot of off-season practice time because of his contract dispute. It was truly disappointing because I was expecting big things from him after what he was able to accomplish in 2014.
Unfortunately, as we know the 2014 season ended with "The Catch" and I think that still fuels Bryant to pick up where he left off, despite the fact things didn't work out for him in 2015.
I know I personally still have a bad taste in my mouth and I know because of the passion that Bryant plays with that he absolutely wants redemption for the controversial ruling that ended the 2014 season.
It's that passion that I think will help the Dallas Cowboys in the upcoming 2016 season.
Bryant is an emotional person and the way that he plays the game reflects that.
How many times have you seen him on the sideline screaming and yelling trying to rally his teammates?
Sometimes of course these outbursts can be of a negative nature, but the majority of the time he is playing cheerleader and trying to provide inspiration for his teammates.
This is something that the Cowboys don't have a lot of on their team. You don't see very many of the Cowboys players showing that outward leadership that you do on other teams around the NFL.
I'm not saying that they don't have leaders on the team, but it seems that with the Cowboys it takes place behind closed doors where fans don't get see it. It's actually something that the Cowboys have been criticized about more than once before.
I've heard the question asked more than once. Who are the Cowboys leaders?
Well, look no further than #88 because I believe he's more than willing to take the reins and step into that role. I personally think that he's perfect for that role too.
Bryant approaches practices just like he does actual games. He enjoys the competition and tries to put his best into each and every repetition he takes. I think he kind of demands it from his teammates as well, especially the defensive backs that try to cover him in practice.
He provides an energy that is contagious both on and off the field. It doesn't really matter if he's in the game making plays or if he's on the sideline cheering on his teammates. His passion and emotion for the game helps to inspire those around him.
It's a quality that can't really be coached. A person is either born with it or not.
Fortunately, for the Dallas Cowboys it looks as if Dez Bryant got a double dose and I think it will only help things for the betterment of the team in 2016.
I'm expecting big things from the Cowboys offense this season and I think that Dez Bryant will be front and center in making sure that he is doing everything in his power to make those things happen.
Of course, that's just my opinion.
Please feel free to use the comment section below to share your thoughts and opinions on this topic so that we can discuss it further.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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