The Dallas Cowboys have themselves a dilemma by the name of Dez Bryant. He’s clearly going to be on a short leash because of his off the field problems. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apparently will be keeping an extremely close eye on the progress of Bryant heading into the upcoming season.
“I’m seeing him do what you almost expect from him,” Jones said Sunday, via Tim MacMahon of ESPN.com. “What I want him to do is, and we want to do, is be able to do that all year long, all game long. That hasn’t happened. He’s disappeared at the end of some ballgames, and then we haven’t had at him because of injury in the season.”
The Cowboys knew what they were getting into when they decided to draft Bryant with a first-round pick in 2010. His physical talent is not just good, it’s freakish. He has ability to be the game-changer their offense needs. However, it’s his problems off the field that have everyone looking at him for all the wrong reasons.
Jones is going to keep the pressure on Bryant to perform and stay out of trouble. He took a huge chance on drafting Bryant and wants to make sure he gets more of a return on that investment from him instead of only the flashes he’s shown.
It might be exactly what Bryant needs right now at this stage in his career, someone who cares enough to let him know it’s time to get it together or find somewhere else to go.