You may have heard about these comments from Michael Irvin concerning Dez Bryant already, read here.
“I thought Dez made great strides this year on the football field,” said Irvin, who stressed Bryant must continue to work on his craft and conditioning. “He has a lot of room to continue to grow, but he made great strides.
“When Dez really locks it all in, understands it, Dez will be the best receiver in the NFL.”
When Dez Bryant is away from the Cowboys he isn’t focused 100% on his career as an NFL football player. And he’s never going to be called a student of the game.
Let me make a comparison and tell you why you need at least one of those things to be part of your game if you ever want to be the ‘best in the game’ at any one time.
Randy Moss. Jerry Rice. Think about all of the things you know about these two players.
Moss was not a guy who was going to stay in Minnesota all offseason to make sure he was thinking football 24/7 when he was one of the best in the game. but throughout his career all the coaches and QB’s he played with all said he was a student of the game when he was locked in during the season. You combine that with his physical attributes and you get the magic he brought to the game.
Rice was a tireless worker 365 days a year. There are videos of him running hills in the offseason with other teammates who would show up for a day or two and then have to go away because it was too difficult in trying to keep up with him. I don’t ever see Dez being that guy once the season ends for him.
Michael Irvin. Was he ever the best in the game at any one time. No. He had two really great seasons, but he played at a time when Jerry Rice was also in his prime. Irvin will tell you that himself.
And don’t give me numbers to argue because this game is never just about numbers.
Dez Bryant has an opportunity to be a great NFL WR. Maybe even a Hall Of Fame WR if he can grow up and become a professional. But his makeup isn’t that of the ‘Best in the Game’ type of player and I doubt that changes within next eight years.