Dez Bryant a cause for real concern for Cowboys
The one-man P.R. wrecking crew that is Dez Bryant remains on his own during the lockout because the Dallas Cowboys can’t reach out to do anything for him.
As Albert Breer from NFL.com explains, it’s a troubling situation for the organization that invested a first-round draft pick in the wildly talented wide receiver last year. Even if owner Jerry Jones wanted to assign a full-time babysitter to Bryant as he once did for Pacman Jones (remember how that worked out) he couldn’t.<p> And what is interesting to note in Breer’s piece is that some of the basic concepts of being a professional are ones that escaped Bryant last season when his performance on the field was fine for a rookie who played in a disjointed offense with two quarterbacks and two head coaches.
Per the report, “in the classroom and around the building, aspects of the job as simple as punctuality were hard for him to grasp.”
A Cowboys source also painted a shaky picture.
“You have to be worried, based on the stuff he's been through and the history of having done it before, it's kind of a pattern with him," a Cowboys source told Breer. "It's not being able to take care of the things that you'd expect the normal 22 year old to be able to handle. Sometimes, it's the simplest things. And a lot of it is not his fault, it's because of the way he was brought up. He's got a good heart, and the best intentions, but all this stuff happens and it takes away from that."
But no new trouble has emerged for Bryant in recent days and the NFLPA can be thankful for that. As the players continue to try to win a P.R. battle against owners, guys like Bryant only undermine it.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune