Cowboys Dez: His Fast-To-50 Reaction
The Dallas Cowboys on Thursday continued their preparation for Sunday night's visit to New York -- and the chance to win a sixth straight road game -- with a largely healthy roster. That includes the increasingly physically healthy QB Tony Romo, and the increasingly unstoppable Dez Bryant ... with a stat that is about to look very healthy.
Bryant needs just two more receiving TD's this year to become the fourth fastest wide receiver in NFL history to reach 50 career TD's. He would join a list of legendary talents in doing so: It would be Lance Alworth, Randy Moss, Jerry Rice ...
And Dez Bryant.
"No I don’t (know about that),'' Dez said when we presented him the numbers. "But now I do ... that's pretty cool.''
Bryant isn't especially familiar with Alworth but of course knows all about Moss and Rice. (Worth noting: New England tight end Rob Gronkowski is also on the fast-to-50 list.) Dez also knows that he doesn't want the pursuit of such things clogging his path to what's important.
If I get that, that’d be outstanding,'' said Bryant, who who presently has 56 catches for 793 yards and eight touchdowns.'' "All I know is, get it, it’d be fun. If I don’t, get the W. That’s all that matters.''
Bryant also needs two TD's to tie Frank Clarke for the fifth most in franchise history, and needs 207 yards and two TD's (at some point this season) to join Terrell Owens as just the second Cowboy to have three consecutive seasons with 1,000+ yards and 10+ TD's.
This isn't about contract talk (though Bryant might want to text agent Tom Condon with this info) and it's really not about individual achievement, either, Dez insists. It still all must add up to advancing to 8-3 by beating the Giants.
Bryant hopes to get lots of help from other guys on the precipice of milestones. Romo can extend his streak of consecutive games with a TD pass to 38, can extend his NFL record of consecutive road games with a TD pass to 38, can extend his streak of consecutive games with 60+ completion percentage to 12 and can extend his streak of consecutive games with a QB rating over 90.0 to nine, which would set a new career-high.
DeMarco Murray needs to carry the ball 33 times to pass Herschel Walker for the ninth most rushing attempts in franchise history, and needs two rushing TD's to tie his single-season career high of nine. Jason Witten needs 36 yards to pass Lance Alworth for the 36th most receiving yards in NFL history. And defensive playmaker Henry Melton needs just two sacks to tie his single-season career high of seven. (That IS contract-related, of course; Melton's "team-friendly'' contract allows for him to earn $250,000 each for sacks Nos. 6, 7 and 8.)
In total, the Cowboys right now are due some healthy paydays, have hopefully a healthy QB, have a receiver putting up healthy stats and hope to build an even more healthy won-loss record.
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