Dez Bryant on Cowboys fans booing: ‘That hurt my heart’

Dez Bryant has had about as much of an up-and-down season with the Dallas Cowboys this year as you can have. So has the team, and they put their fans through another roller coaster ride on Sunday with an overtime win over the Cleveland Browns.

Bryant had an outstanding day as he recorded 12 catches for 145 yards and a touchdown. However, Cowboys fans booed him in the second quarter when he caught a pass and ran out of bounds before the first-down marker to avoid taking a hit. Apparently the boos hurt his feelings.

I was hearing it. I was,” he said according to USA Today. “Man, that hurt my heart.”

The third-year receiver said he wasn’t aware of where he was on the field and didn’t intend to step out before picking up the first down. Cowboys fans booed when the play happened and then again when the replay was shown on the video board.

“When I seen where we was at, I was like, damn,” Bryant explained. “I didn’t mean to do that. It’s not like me. It’s not like me to run out of bounds. I seen like four or five guys coming so I took a step out. I didn’t see the first down marker. That’s my bad. I should’ve known where we was at on the field.”

Had it been any other player, the fans may not have booed. For as many monster performances as Bryant has had this season, he seems to be equally prone to brain farts. He spoiled a career-high 13-catch effort in a loss earlier this season when he made two crucial mistakes that may have cost Dallas the game. Fortunately, the Cowboys won on Sunday. However, the boos from the fans seem to indicate that Bryant has lost the benefit of the doubt — even when he enjoys a breakout performance.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Dez Bryant reportedly caught breaking curfew at a Dallas nightclub (UPDATED)

Over the summer, the Dallas Cowboys implemented a set of rules for Dez Bryant to abide by in order to help him stay out of trouble off the field. One of those rules stated that he had to be home by midnight unless a team official knew he was staying out later. Bryant may have broken curfew early Saturday morning.

According to Black Sports Online, Bryant was at a club in Dallas called Private well after midnight on Friday night into Saturday morning and had his cover blown by the visiting DJ. DJ Klassik tweeted the following and appeared to accidentally sell Bryant out.

You could make the argument that Bryant had permission from the Cowboys to break curfew, but DJ Klassik then sent the following two tweets, which seem to indicate he was informed that he had gotten the star wideout in trouble.

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Dez Bryant catch overturned because his fingers were out of bounds

The officials in the Dallas Cowboys-New York Giants game overturned what would have been a go-ahead touchdown catch by Dez Bryant after determining the receiver’s hand was out of bounds before his body landed in.

Bryant made a beautiful leaping grab on a 37-yard pass from Tony Romo in the end zone. The touchdown had the Cowboys up 30-29 on the Giants, but after reviewing the play, the officials correctly determined that Bryant’s fingers were on the sidelines before any other part of his body touched the ground and they overturned the call.

Dallas attempted three more passes but was unable to score and lost a heartbreaker 29-24.

Fans had been waiting for Dez Bryant to have a huge impact for the Cowboys, and it looked like he finally had come up with a big catch to save the team. Unfortunately, he missed being the hero by a matter of inches.

Bryant finished with 5 catches for 110 yards. Tony Romo had one touchdown and four interceptions, yet he almost pulled it out. Almost doesn’t count for squat though. The Giants are now 6-2 while the Cowboys are 3-4.

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Ravens CB Cary Williams: Complaining Dez Bryant needs to ‘be a man’

The stats have come around for Dez Bryant, but the mistakes have not disappeared. Bryant caught eight passes for 105 yards last week in a loss to the Bears but screwed up on a number of routes, one of which led to an easy interception. On Sunday, he posted an impressive 13-catch, 95-yard stat line with two touchdowns but dropped a crucial two-point that would have tied the game and likely forced overtime. After the game, Bryant accused Ravens cornerback Cary Williams of pass interference on the play.

“I felt like it was a P.I. My opinion,” Bryant said according to USA TODAY. “Not saying I couldn’t catch it, because I feel like I can make difficult catches. But I feel like he put his arm around me. I haven’t seen the play yet. But it wasn’t called.”

When told of Bryant’s gripe, Williams called the third-year receiver out for not accepting responsibility for his mistakes.

“I see it as good defense, man,” Williams said. “Dez is a great player, but it wasn’t pass interference. It’s two players going at it. And the referees let it happen. It is what it is, man. I didn’t get my hand in there early, he just needed to catch the ball. I was able to make the play and he didn’t. Kudos to me.

“You’ve just got to be a man and accept responsibility, give credit where credit is due. If it was me I’d say, you know what, he made the play and I didn’t. Bottom line. Don’t complain and look for a flag, man.”

I don’t know if I’d call it good defense from Williams since he was beat on the play and Bryant should have made the catch, but he’s right about Bryant needing to man up. Romo threw the ball perfectly and it hit Dez in the shoulder pad. He should have made the play but didn’t. These things happen, but blaming the refs when they do just makes a player look even worse.

Dez Bryant blows up, melts down in Cowboys loss

Dez Bryant had the type of game on Sunday that the Cowboys had been waiting for all season. And then he went out and ruined it all with a couple of terrible plays at the end.

Bryant had a career-high 13 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The 95 yards were the third-highest of his career, and he matched a career high by catching two touchdowns.

But in the end, those stats didn’t matter as much as one other: a drop on a two-point conversion attempt that would have tied the game at 31.

Bryant also made a boneheaded mental error at the end of the game. Dallas recovered an onside kick to give themselves another shot at winning the game. They got 20 yards on a pass interference penalty and were situated at the Ravens 34. With 26 seconds left, Dallas threw a short slant to Bryant toward the middle of the field. Bryant was taken back a few yards on the tackle from where he caught it, but he started arguing with the referee about where the ball should have been spotted. Instead of Dallas lining up to spike the ball or call timeout, Bryant spent 3-4 seconds yelling at the ref. Tony Romo couldn’t decide whether to run another play, spike the ball, or use the team’s final timeout. 20 seconds after their previous play, he finally decided to call timeout.

The Cowboys went 20 seconds between plays at a time when clock management was critical. They lost a chance to get a closer field goal attempt, and kicker Dan Bailey ended up missing a 51-yard attempt on the next play. They lost 31-29.

Once again, coach Jason Garrett makes a mistake at the end of the game. Dallas looked completely unorganized in the final 26 seconds, and it cost them the game.

Drew Pearson: Dez Bryant is not living up to the expectations of the No. 88

Former Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson is never shy about his general dislike for Dez Bryant. Although Bryant is only in his third NFL season, Pearson rips him like he’s a draft bust who has no chance of turning it around. Last Season, the Dallas legend blasted Dez for not finishing games. Earlier this week, he basically said Bryant hasn’t earned the right to wear the No. 88.

“He’s not living up to the expectations that were placed on him by wearing that number,” Pearson said according the Midland Reporter-Telegram. “Drew Pearson took it to the Ring of Honor level and Michael Irvin took it way beyond that to the Hall of Fame level.

“When Michael and I had a chance to talk to Dez when he came in his rookie year we told him, ‘Don’t do what Drew Pearson did in it. Don’t do what Michael did in it. Do more than that.’ I know that’s a lot to live up to, but what else is there? You live up to those expectations and people will cherish you for the rest of your life.”

In case you didn’t already think this guy was a dink, perhaps the fact that he went third person will push you over the edge. Pearson then went on to rip the Cowboys offense by lying about his hay day.

“We were never this stagnant,” he said. “Throughout my career we averaged at least 28 points per game and there were seasons we averaged more than 30 points per game.”

Pro Football Talk went back and did a little fact checking on that claim and determined that Dallas averaged more than 28 points per game in only two of Pearson’s 11 seasons. Same thing, right? Bryant may not have come close to fulfilling his potential yet, but he must be sick of hearing about it from Drew Pearson.

Dez Bryant reportedly supports his new rules, wants to change

Has Dez Bryant finally learned his lesson? Time will tell, but it appears the 23-year-old wide receiver is taking the necessary steps toward turning his life around off the field. As we told you on Sunday, the Cowboys have implemented a set of rules that Bryant must follow during his personal time and hired a security crew to basically tail him around. The team wants him to stay out of trouble, and from the sound of it Bryant is on board with their decision.

“Dez came to light, himself, based on a couple of instances that happened with other NFL players,” Bryant’s advisor David Wells told 103.3’s Ben and Skin Show according to the Dallas Morning News. “He realized that he wanted to make some changes himself. He wanted to put some people around him that could also be there in case something happened, they’d be able to attest to what’s going on with him.

“…He came to me and said, ‘Hey, man, can you help me? I want help. Could we get a group of people that can sit there and advise on what to do with my life? I picture myself to be not only a great football player but a great role model and a father.’ Those are the things he wants to do.”

Wells added that Bryant will not have a strict curfew like the original reports indicated, but instead that he will be accompanied by a “credible” person if he is out late. He also said Dez is “100 percent behind this.” While it’s obvious that some sort of policy has been put into place to assure that Bryant remains on the right track, Jerry Jones denied that the Cowboys have created rules for their former first-round pick on Tuesday. He said they have simply urged him to “conform to good behavior” and make better decisions.

It’s possible that Jones is playing coy because of potential salary cap violations that could arise, but that shouldn’t be a major issue since Dez is reportedly paying for his own security detail. Whether he is or not is really not relevant, as long as the Cowboys can present it that way.