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Dez Bryant will be the savior of the Cowboys this season

The Dallas Cowboys have not had an All-Pro wide receiver since Terrell Owens in 2007.  A matter of fact, they have only had 4 All-Pro wide outs in their history, which sounds crazy but is a fact.  When you think of the Cowboys you think of all the legends they have had, but how many were true number one receivers?  The four All Pro guys were Drew Pearson (3 times), Bob Hayes (Twice), Michael Irvin and Terrell Owens listed above. This year Dez Bryant will have an All – Pro Year, I guarantee it.

Over the past several years Dez Bryant has been more of a problem for the Cowboys than a standout.  Well this year things are different, I talked to several younger wide outs in Cowboys camp who have said that Bryant is becoming a leader.  While Dez Bryant might credit the leaders on the Cowboys for helping him turn the corner in his life, he is now doing the same for the younger players.  Dez is turning into a man before our eyes, by trying to focus on things besides himself.

Dez Bryant told Cowboys reporters “I think there’s no backward for me, I feel like I got a set road here to lead by example, doing all the right things.  Me being in that role to make sure these new guys are doing the right things, not only on the field but off the field.  I take that to heart.”

After reading that quote, I thought, Is this the same Dez Bryant?  Bryant had a troubled upbringing, born to a teenage mother who was arrested for dealing crack cocaine when he was age eight. He went on to live in eight different homes while at Lufkin High School, but it seems like he is finally turning into a man.  Bryant will only grow this year, with guys like Tony Romo, Jason Witten and Miles Austin in the locker room.

Bryant finished the 2012 season with 92 receptions for 1,382 yards (15 yards-per-catch average) and 12 touchdowns; these ranked 10th, 6th and 3rd respectively among all receivers. He had a pretty good season, but I think this year will be the year that Dez is a top the NFL.  I can see a 15-20 touchdown season for the former Oklahoma State Cowboy.  If Bryant can have a big season again, he could be the savior of this year.

I have already read numerous reports of Jason Garrett being on the “Hot Seat” but I would not worry if I was a Cowboys fan.  They finally hired a Defensive Coordinator in Monte Kiffin, who seems to have the Cowboys defense biting.  They are no longer struck by the injury bug, and could be pretty impressive.  With teams in their division taking a plummet, I would not be surprised to see the Cowboys come out the NFC East.  This year will rely on the play of Dez Bryant, and I would not be surprised if #88 takes this Cowboys team deep in the Playoffs.  THE COWBOYS ARE BACK, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN!!! Remember what I say, Cowboys deep in the playoffs this year with Romo at QB.  A 12-4 season is not impossible, that is my true early assessment of this Cowboys team.

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