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Giants S Will Hill: Dez Bryant really doesn’t like to be touched

dez-bryantThe New York Giants appear to be in the process of rediscovering their swagger. Winners of four straight games, the G-Men can pull to within one game of the idle Philadelphia Eagles this weekend for first place in the NFC East if they defeat the Dallas Cowboys. They seem plenty confident.

On Wednesday, Giants safety Will Hill was asked what his team will do to slow Dez Bryant.

“Get your hands on him,” Hill said, via NJ.com’s Jordan Raanan. “He doesn’t like to be touched, like most receivers in this league. But really him. He doesn’t like to be touched.”

Vowing to “be physical” is one of the most cliche things a defensive back can do prior to a game, but the Giants are under the impression that it truly is the key to getting the best of Bryant.

“You just have to be physical with him,” cornerback Prince Amukamara concurred. “He’s a big guy. You just have to use his medicine against him. I think that is the key.”

A reporter pointed out that Bryant is one of the best receivers in the game when it comes to picking up yards after the catch. Hill seems to think that physicality kicks in once Dez gets the ball in his hands.

“Yeah, once he gets the ball, [he's physical],” Hill said. “He has to get in his route in order to get the ball. Just like any receiver, if you get your hands on him before they can get into their route, it’s hard to get him the ball when you disrupt their routes.”

We shall see. Earlier this week, Jason Pierre-Paul and Antrel Rolle said the Giants are out for blood against the Cowboys. On the other side, Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware said the G-Men are always talking and looking to “put gas on the fire.” All that really matters is what happens in New Jersey on Sunday. The fact that the Giants are in the hunt after starting 0-6 is remarkable.

Dez Bryant bought PS4 for people in line at Walmart

Dez-Bryant-PS4Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has made headlines recently for his dramatic outbursts on the field and on the sidelines, but what he did on Thursday night deserves just as much attention. According to several Twitter users, Bryant strolled into Walmart to buy himself a PlayStation 4 and ended up buying the console for a handful of people.

PS4′s highly-anticipated launch sent people to stores in eye-popping numbers on Thursday. Those who were fortunate enough to be standing in line with Bryant while he was waiting to buy his didn’t have to pay a dime. Here’s the story as one lucky recipient told it.

The Cowboys star even posed for a photo with one of the fans he had just purchased the console for.

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Dez Bryant may not have actually paid $54,896 tab as a rookie

dez-bryantWhen word surfaced that Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was allegedly forced to pay $15,000 for a team trip to Las Vegas, one person who likely felt no sympathy for the former Stanford star is Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant. During his rookie season, Bryant supposedly had to treat his veteran teammates to a $54,896 dinner.

Bryant was stuck with the massive tab after he refused to carry a veteran teammate’s shoulder pads, so the circumstances were a bit different. However, team owner Jerry Jones indicated earlier this week that Bryant may not have even had to pay it.

“I’ve had to ask a couple of times, a couple of places out here to rethink, let’s say a liquor bill,” Jones said on KRLD-FM on Tuesday morning, via ESPNDallas.com. “They’ve taken a rookie out and hung him with a huge liquor bill.

“I might tell you one of the finest businesses in this town who may have charged one of our rookies too much — well, a lot of money, they just absolutely took it off the bill and gave it to him. When he had an enormous, for any of our standards, charge, that business gave it to him. It was Pappa Steakhouse, to give you an idea. That’s having compassion. It was overdone, and they just decided we’ll make our contribution to the do-right rule here.”

Jones did not mention Bryant by name, but Dez’s supposed hazing took place at the Pappa Bros. Steakhouse. When Jones said he asked a couple of places to “rethink” a liquor bill, he could mean he paid the bill himself or offered some sort of free advertising in exchange. An anonymous Cowboy told ESPNDallas.com’s Calvin Watkins that he heard “Jerry picked it up.”

In reality, this type of stuff happens year in and year out. I don’t think many people are as floored by the Vegas trip Martin supposedly had to pay for as they are by the voicemail Richie Incognito left him.

H/T Black Sports Online

Dez Bryant was ‘shocked’ taking his helmet off led to a penalty

dez-bryantStatistically speaking, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had a relatively quiet day against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. He was, however, just as animated as usual.

During the third quarter, Bryant was flagged twice on the same play. The first penalty was for offensive pass interference, which Dez thought was a bad call. He then took his helmet off while protesting and was his with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The second call surprised Bryant more than the first.

“I wasn’t angry at the ref,” he told reporters, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I was trying to see what the call was. I thought they called pass interference on the defense. When I was trying to come out of my break, the guy was tugging on me a little bit and I was trying to break away from it.

“He threw the flag and the whole time I’m thinking it’s a flag on him. Then I took my helmet off and I didn’t know that that was a penalty. I was kind of shocked and then I heard the ref say, ‘He took his helmet off.’ I know now not to take my helmet off. If you go back and look at the play, you’ll see I’m shocked. I’m confused.”

Most casual NFL fans could tell you that intentionally removing your helmet on the field results in a penalty, but Bryant supposedly was unaware of the rule. Maybe that helps explain why Jared Allen laughed right in his face when it happened.

Although audio shows there are times when Bryant was being positive with his emotional outbursts last weekend, it’s obvious he needs to do a better job of controlling his emotions. He could have cost Dallas a win with his boneheaded mistake on Sunday.

Dez Bryant wants long-term contract from Dallas Cowboys

Dez BryantDez Bryant is in his fourth season with the Dallas Cowboys and signed through next year, but he’d like to make his stay in Dallas last longer.

According to NFL Network reporter Mike Silver, Dez’s advisor, David Wells, says Dez is “looking forward to” signing a long-term deal in the offseason.

Bryant is making $1.55 million this season and set to earn $1.78 million next season. His original deal was five years for $11.81 million, including a $1.95 million signing bonus.

Pro Football Talk says the Cowboys are $30 million over the salary cap for next season. But as long as we’ve known Jerry Jones, he’s never been someone to let something stand in the way of him paying a player he believes in.

Mike Wallace signed a five-year, $60 million free agent deal with the Miami Dolphins in the offseason for $30 million guaranteed. We’d expect to see Dez get at least that much in a new deal.

Jason Witten: Dez Bryant was not complaining about getting the ball

Dez Bryant Jason GarrettDez Bryant‘s emotional sideline outbursts during the Dallas Cowboys’ loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday have been a hot topic of conversation this week. Analysts ripped him for acting like a child, but NFL Films audio showed Bryant saying some positive things during what were perceived as temper tantrums. Bryant also insisted he was just being passionate and that there was nothing negative about it.

Jason Witten, one of the people that appeared to get into it with Bryant on the sideline during the fourth quarter, defended Dez on Tuesday. According to the veteran tight end, Bryant was not complaining about getting the ball.

“There’s nobody I love playing with more on Sundays than Dez,” Witten told KTCK-AM 1310 and KTCK-FM 96.7 The Ticket, via The Dallas Morning News. “I was just reminding him there at the end there was still hope, still a chance and that he kind of just needed to let it go and let’s get focused back on these final few seconds.

“Wasn’t about getting [Bryant] the ball…that’s not what kind of guy he is…that’s why we love him.”

Witten and Bryant appeared more animated with each other than Bryant and Romo were. Witten’s explanation makes sense, as the Cowboys still had time for one final Hail Mary after the Lions’ go-ahead touchdown and would have needed Bryant’s size and hands on that play.

From everything we have gathered, it sounds like Bryant’s outbursts were a combination of positive and negative emotion. We’d still like to hear the full audio. The video replays clearly don’t show enough.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant reportedly was upset about playcalling, not getting the ball

Dez Bryant meltdown

The video of Dez Bryant‘s emotional sideline outbursts during the Dallas Cowboys’ 31-30 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday didn’t tell the full story of his behavior, nor did the audio shared by NFL Films a day later.

Bryant likely was not as negative as both sideline videos made him look, nor was he as innocent as the audio seemed to make him out to be. Both were missing key parts. The reality is Bryant’s actions were probably a mix of positive and negative. And the driving force behind his anger reportedly was his unhappiness with playcalling and not getting the ball.

Speaking on ESPN’s “NFL Live” on Tuesday, reporter Ed Werder said that Bryant was upset about not getting the ball on a 3rd-and-10 play when he went over to Tony Romo late in the third quarter. Werder says Bryant interrupted a meeting Romo was having with a coach on the sidelines when he came over. Werder also says wide receivers coach Derek Dooley pointed out that Bryant did the wrong thing on his third down route.

And even though the audio of Bryant exonerated him in the eyes of many, I was still waiting to hear what he said when he got into it with Jason Witten after the Cowboys blew their 30-24 lead in the final minute. Many could speculate that he was upset with the team for blowing the lead, but Werder reports that Bryant was upset with the playcalling on Dallas’ possession before the Lions scored the winning touchdown.

The Cowboys ran the ball three times and then kicked a field goal to go up 30-24. The first two plays got the Lions to burn their final two timeouts. Dallas had a 3rd and 14 at the 35 and played for a field goal instead of going for a first down. Werder says Bryant was upset they didn’t throw the ball on third down, which led to his outburst that involved Witten.

And then you have the theory posited by Tom Jackson, who believes Bryant was frustrated that Calvin Johnson was outshining him and acted out. I suppose everything mentioned factored into the episodes. I’m sure many people still will say it’s good that Bryant wants the ball in his hands, but there are better ways of expressing that.