Dez Bryant takes huge hit to back (Video)

If Dez Bryant is questionable next week because of his back, or we later hear he has a few cracked bones, you’ll know exactly why.

In the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, Dez took a huge shot from Antoine Bethea on a Tony Romo pass that was intercepted by Eric Reid. Romo threw to the deep right side and the pass came in high, leading Dez to jump up. While he was in the air, Bethea just leveled him.

Bryant looked like he was frozen in the matrix while his guts exploded:

Dez Bryant hit

Of course folks on the internet took notice and had to turn the hit into a meme.

Here’s Dez doing the high jump:

Dez gets turned into a scene from Boyz n the Hood.

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Report: Dez Bryant ‘visibly upset’ after Tyron Smith extension

dez-bryantDez Bryant is entering the final year of his rookie contract with the Dallas Cowboys, and he is hoping he does not have to play it out. While Bryant has been vocal about wanting a new deal, nothing is imminent. At the moment, it appears the Cowboys have focused most of their money on offensive tackle Tyron Smith.

Smith signed a remarkable eight-year extension with Dallas on Wednesday that is reportedly worth around $110 million. He had two years remaining on his current deal, so the new contract will keep the 23-year-old with the Cowboys through 2023. Was Dez bothered by that?

Bryant has been one of the best receivers in the league for the past three seasons, so you can understand why he feels slighted. He has averaged 10 touchdowns per year during his young career, which typically is plenty to get a receiver paid. However, some off-field concerns may help explain why the Cowboys appear to be dragging their heels.

While Ian Rapoport reports that Smith’s extension makes it “nearly impossible” for the team to hammer out a new contract with Bryant, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones insists the goal is to keep both in Dallas for life.

“We’re totally committed to make Dez a Cowboy for life,” Jones told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram earlier this week. “Our plans from Day 1 … figure a way to get Dez and Tryon extended.

I highly doubt the Cowboys let Bryant leave, but anything can happen in the NFL. Bryant could tear an ACL this season and his value would instantly decrease. You can’t blame him for wanting to get paid ASAP.

H/T Fansided

Tony Romo and Dez Bryant now on groomsmen level of friendship

Tony Romo Dez Bryant

Everyone knows that Tony Romo and Jason Witten are best buds, but has Dez Bryant now made a spot in Romo’s tight circle of friends? It appears so.

While doing an interview with NFL Network from training camp Sunday in Oxnard, Romo was asked about his relationship with Dez. Romo glowed about their relationship and even said they’re so tight Dez would have a place in his wedding were he getting married.

“Oh man if I was getting married this year, he’d be in my wedding,” Romo said via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s like a little brother to me. I’ve been able to kind of, as he came in, been able to kind of see him start off and mold himself into the player that he’s become. I try to help him. Every once in awhile when he gets going and stuff, he knows when I say something stern to him, it’s important. He knows his position, but he also has clout, he has a lot of credibility in that locker room so he’s able to do some things that he wasn’t able to do three or four years ago and that’s reward for being a guy who brings it and plays well.”

Romo is already married to his very fine wife Candice, so this was just a hypothetical intended to show how close they’ve become.

That comment about Dez having credibility in the locker room is also significant; Dez’s leadership has been questioned many times. From walking off the field with time left in the game to seemingly having a meltdown on the sidelines, Bryant hasn’t seemed to be a model citizen. Maybe these are signs that he is maturing. And this is also strong proof that the chemistry on the Cowboys isn’t as bad as it often seems.

H/T Rotoworld

Dez Bryant was unhappy about $55K rookie dinner, but now he can ‘call the shots’

dez-bryantWhen Dez Bryant first came into the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys threw some vintage hazing his way when the team’s veterans forced him to pick up a $55,000 dinner tab. During a recent taping of FOX Sports 1’s new show “Back of the Shop,” Bryant talked about paying the massive bill after he signed a five-year, $11.8 million rookie deal. While he wasn’t thrilled about it, he says it paid off in the long run.

“The way I look at that is some guys do it just to be [expletive],” Bryant said, via Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News. “I paid $55,000 for a dinner, and it struck me the wrong way. I could’ve easily went off on every last one of them, but I didn’t. I kept myself together, and I wanted to change that. So you know what I did, went out there and did my thing. Now they’re allowing me to call the shots.”

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones later implied that Bryant never actually had to pay the bill, but from the way Dez recalls it he did.

In a way, Bryant called the shots from day one. The infamous dinner came after he refused to carry veteran defensive back Roy Williams’ shoulder pads, which is something almost all rookies have to do during training camp.

As for what he means by “calling the shots,” we’re not sure. If Bryant is saying his teammates allow him to have numerous in-game meltdowns on the sidelines without any consequences then, yes, he certainly does call the shots.

Dez Bryant wants Rihanna to wear his jersey, not No. 28


We could understand Dez Bryant being upset if Rihanna took a photo of herself wearing a New York Giants or Philadelphia Eagles jersey. Those are division rivals. But why does Dez have to throw salt on a former teammate’s game?

On Thursday night, Bryant tweeted a photo of Rihanna wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey. You would think he would be happy about this, but he seemed jealous she was wearing No. 28.

“Wrong jersey #88,” Bryant wrote.

On one hand, I can understand Bryant being envious after seeing the way Rihanna has dressed at basketball games recently. On the other hand, at least she’s supporting the Cowboys — even if it’s with an old Felix Jones jersey.

H/T Black Sports Online

Dez Bryant furious with reporter Calvin Watkins for writing ‘Dez Rules’ story

Dez BryantDez Bryant is furious with ESPN’s Dallas Cowboys reporter Calvin Watkins over a story the writer published on Tuesday that says the wide receiver is still under a close watch by the team.

According to the article published by Watkins, Dez must adhere to the following guidelines:

– A midnight curfew. If he’s going to miss curfew, team officials must know in advance.
– No alcohol.
– He can’t attend strip clubs and can attend nightclubs only if they are approved by the team and he has a security team with him.
– He must attend counseling sessions twice a week.
– A rotating three-man security team will leave one man with Bryant at all times.
– Members of the security team will drive Bryant to practices, games and team functions.

These “Dez Rules” were established during the 2012 offseason when Bryant, who was known for having off-field issues, was charged with allegedly assaulting his mother. Bryant has managed to stay out of trouble since then, which could be why he was so upset with Watkins for writing the article.

Apparently upset over the negative article which makes it seem like Bryant needs to be watched over like a child, the Cowboys receiver fired off a nasty tweet at Watkins, which he has since deleted:

Dez Bryant deleted tweet

Even if Bryant deleted the tweet, just the fact that he sent it shows he still has a short fuse and some growing up to do. That definitely wasn’t the way to handle the situation.

Tweet via @DennisHowell
Helmet smack to Black Sports Online

Dez Bryant given ‘Good Guy’ award by Cowboys beat writers

Dez BryantDallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is often criticized for being a “me” guy. Last month, he walked off the field with 1:21 still left in the game after his team blew a lead against the Green Bay Packers. His animated behavior on the field and on the sideline has often been misconstrued as a hissy fit, but audio has shown that Bryant is very positive with his teammates most of the time.

Some of you will find this hard to believe, but Bryant recently received the team’s “Good Guy” award from the Cowboys’ local beat writers. The honor is given out to a player who consistently cooperates and engages with the local beat reporters.

As Rainer Sabin of The Dallas Morning News pointed out, Bryant made himself available to the media all season long — even after he was criticized for flipping out on the sideline and being a seemingly selfish player. Though he made plenty of mistakes, Dez didn’t hide or give reporters an attitude when they asked him tough questions.

I will say one thing about Bryant in 2013 — he managed to stay out of trouble off the field. This is a player that was arrested on a family violence charge earlier in his career and got himself into trouble for sagging his pants too low at a mall. He’s still a work in progress, but Bryant has shown some signs that he is starting to grow up. Receiving the “Good Guy” award reflects that.

H/T SI Hot Clicks