Dez Bryant believes he can reach 2,000 yards in one season
Calvin Johnson made a run at it this past year and now Dez Bryant believes he is capable of being the first wide receiver in NFL history to eclipse 2,000 yards in one season.
Yes, Bryant envisions major things for himself moving forward after a breakout season in which he caught 92 passes for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. That left him 618 yards shy of 2,000 – a long way off from Johnson, who had 1,964 yards for the Detroit Lions in 2012.
But as Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas points out, Bryant just got better as the season went along. He had 879 yards in the final eight games. But that still would leave him well short of the mark if projected over 16 games.
"That's still scratching the surface," Bryant told MacMahon. "It's only going to get better, to be honest. I still have a lot to give. I feel like nobody's seen anything. Nothing.
"I feel like it can be a lot more than that. That's just being honest. I honestly feel like (2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns) can potentially happen.
"I'm so confident. I view myself as an up-and-coming leader. That's how I view myself. With that attitude, you have to feel like anything's possible. That's how I feel."
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