by Brad Biggs
September 13, 02011
There is a strong cast of Dez Bryant doubters in Dallas and you can add former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson to that group.
Speaking on the “Ben and Skin Show” on 103.3 FM in Dallas, Pearson was critical of Bryant for struggling to finish the season opener Sunday night against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium.
“You saw what happened in the fourth quarter," Pearson said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “We had wide receivers that couldn't finish the game. Come on! Jeez!
"The first quarter was spectacular. Great job, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah. But now we need you in the fourth quarter and you can't even run? You catch three passes in the first quarter and then you get targeted five times after that and you don't make any catches?
“Let's not be so high on this guy who hasn't really done anything. He missed four games last season, he comes in this game and he can't finish it out."
Pearson, of course, wore No. 88 for the Cowboys well before Bryant. He was recently inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.
Quarterback Tony Romo was throwing for Bryant in the fourth quarter when he was intercepted.
“Dez's first move was a jump, a hop-step. What is that?” Pearson said. “That's one second gone from the pass route. I mean, what is that? Come on.
“Yeah, he's raw. He's a monster. That's what monsters do, I guess. You see that in high school kids running routes like that.”
Bryant could be poised for a big season. He’s going to need it to get some of the detractors off his back.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune