Dez Bryant's excitement over the NFL schedule release that features a Week 1 Dallas Cowboys meeting with the hated New York Giants caused him to "jump the gun" in a tweet directed at rival Janoris Jenkins.
Dez retracted the Giants-related tweet.
But he is standing by his overall message for 2017. ... Really, two messages.
On Thursday, about when the clock struck midnight, Bryant reacted to both the schedule announcement that has the Giants coming to Texas for the Sunday night season-opener and to what he assumed was a fresh and incendiary tweet from Jenkins.
Jenkins really did describe in great deal his ability to shut down the Pro Bowl receiver one-on-one.
But Jenkins remarks were made back at the Super Bowl, on the "Ben & Skin" Show on 105.3 The Fan.
Dez' midnight response?
But soon after, he deleted the post, following it up by writing, "I jumped the gun on my last tweet.. I thought it was recent & thought he kept going on about it ..I'm still looking forward to our battle."
Bryant vs. Jenkins is a sidebar story, though. Giants at Cowboys in Week 1 (the fifth time in six years these teams have met in the opener) is a centerpiece, as is the Week 14 Dec. 10 rematch at New York.
But for the ultra-competitive Bryant, there is an even larger goal and focus for the season.
"I'm coming for everything," Dez says as official offseason workouts continue at The Star in Frisco. "I promise."
He also wants Cowboys Nation to know that he's devoting the season to the memory of his late father, MacArthur Hatton. who passed away last year.
Not too long ago, Dez explained to me that his relationship with his father was "Complicated, (but) I loved him.''
That's clearly so now ...
So that makes two statements that Dez Bryant has no plans to have to retract.