Dez Bryant has yet to blossom into an elite NFL receiver. But he remains a magnet for attention.
“I’m used to it,” Bryant said in a rare powwow with reporters. “It’s crazy. It just comes with it. It’s OK. Hopefully one of these days it will fade away.”
But the Cowboys’ second-year receiver realizes that won’t happen any time soon, especially after one of his emotional outbursts was witnessed on the sidelines during Dallas’ 34-7 loss against Philadelphia. In the days that followed, Bryant was roundly criticized for his behavior, prompting quarterback Tony Romo and coach Jason Garrett to come to the young wideout’s defense.
“He’s just a kid who loves playing the game,” Romo said. “He’s passionate. But there is never any malice or anything negative involved.”
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