If Dez Bryant’s rap sheet gets any longer, he will be looking for a new NFL crib. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told reporters as much this weekend.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Jones says Bryant has cashed in any goodwill he had remaining.
“I see much improvement in Dez in every respect. But he’s screwed around here and got his benefit of the doubt collateral down to nothing,” Jones said. “And he’s also very vulnerable. Now you’ve got to act differently when you’re in those shoes. He’s got to gain a bunch of that back. He can do it, and he can do it right on this football field. And I hope he does.”
Bryant has had maturity issues dating back to his college days. Just before camp he was arrested and charged with assaulting his mother.
No matter what, you never lay your hands on your own moms. That incident put Dez under an even bigger microscope. This has the makings of a Pacman Jones all over again.
Jones, however, said he expects Bryant to focus and have his best season yet on the field.
“He’s disappeared at the end of some ballgames,” Jones said, “and then we haven’t had him because of injury in the season. I think that had to do with his conditioning. That’s not the case this season. He’s really in top shape.
“That’s why he’s got a real opportunity to get his life together because he can make plays like that and if he can do that, he’s got a way to kind of get people to say, ‘Look, he was a young guy, made some mistakes, but look at him go now.’ That’s my dream for him.”
It’s easy to say and even easier for someone else to say. Staying on the desired course when you have yet to do so is harder. For Cowboys fans, they better hope that Dez really has learned.