Cowboys Dez Bryant Talks 1-on-1 ... And Goes OFF (And On)

OXNARD - Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant Reflects On The Game In LA And Talks 1-on-1: On Himself And Special' QB Dak Prescott ... And Then Gets Nasty In Practice. Come Inside For Cowboys Premium Notebook!

DEZ THINGS

In a game on Saturday, Dez did "Dez Things.''

We shouldn't be surprised.

Meanwhile, Dak did "Dak Things.''  Dez tells me we shouldn't be surprised at that, either.

"From Day 1 I (believed in Dak),'' he told me. "I texted (receivers) coach Dooley on Draft Day, and told him, 'He's a winner. For him to be behind a Hall of Famer like Tony Romo, that's a blessing. And Dak took that in and learned. He's special.''

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Prescott was near-perfect in his debut in the 28-24 preseason loss to the Rams at the LA Coliseum, and his high level of work has carried over into the Monday and Tuesday workouts. That same mindset was part of the plan for Bryant as he also played at a dominant level in the game, with two spectacular receptions off Prescott throws, one for a TD -- and all of it amid pregame doubts he would participate.

"Check this out: I didn't even know (there was a question),'' Bryant told me. "In my mind, I was going to go, regardless. I think it was understood. They (the coaching staff) knew they weren't going to stop me. I needed it. I wanted to test out the know things I've been doing. I want to go back to practice now and keep on working.''

Ah, practice, and Bryant was back at it Tuesday with not only a high level of performance, but also a high level of emotion. At various times he challenged the entire secondary ("You can't guard me!'' he'd scream) or he'd challenge Mo Claiborne (the two almost came to blows) or he'd challenge his own teammates as a response to misbehavior by the defense.

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"If they're gonna tackle, let's f'in play some football!'' Bryant barked during red-zone work when Dallas' linebackers took some on-the-edge hits on Dallas ballcarriers.

Bryant told me he is physically fine: "You can say 100 percent,'' he noted. "And I'm tuning myself up more. Getting into the groove. When Sept. 11 comes, everybody's going to see the Dez they want to see.''

We already saw some of that in an exhibition on Saturday. We already saw more of it in a practice on Tuesday.

ONSIDE KICKS

Ezekiel Elliott did not participate fully in practice and now expects to not play Friday against the Dolphins in preseason Game 2. Expect him to debut in Week 3 at Seattle ... D-lineman David Irvin sustained a groin injury. He didn't personally seem overly concerned but we will monitor ... The Cowboys moved OT Bradfield to IR, waived/injured DT Dixon and .... Needing bodies, they signed Alabama receiver Richard Mullaney, a convenient add as he is from Thousand Oaks, right down the highway from Oxnard ... Jerry's NFL Experience? Like he "got hit by a car, died, and went to Heaven.'' We've got all the good on the Cowboys owner closing in on a Hall of Fame induction -- including the scoop on his presenter plans -- here. ... Tight end James Hanna is getting surgery on that "bone bruise'' and yes, not to be an alarmist but this echoes the eventual microfracture-surgery situation of Anthony Spencer.

THE FINAL WORD

"I have one of the easiest jobs in America. I get to run behind the best O-line in America.'' -- Zeke.


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