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Dez Bryant reacts to new details on Demaryius Thomas’ death

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Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former NFL wide receiver Dez Bryant had a strong reaction Tuesday to new details surrounding the December death of Demaryius Thomas.

It was announced Tuesday that Thomas, who died at 33, was posthumously diagnosed with Stage 2 CTE at the time of his death. The official cause of his death is yet to be determined.

Bryant, who has been outspoken about the health and well-being of retired NFL players in the past, shared his feelings on the diagnosis.

“DT88 my heart weak bro…,” Bryant wrote on Twitter. “It’s a lot of us living with CTE and the NFL know it…most importantly the Athletes who have those symptoms are scared to speak…1 thing about me ain’t living no false life…my love and support for athletes are on a much deeper level than most…”

Bryant also reaffirmed his commitment to helping former athletes, saying that “nobody is going to truly help us but us.”

In December, a first cousin of Thomas said that Thomas’ family believed that a seizure had been the cause of Thomas’ death. Thomas tried many different treatments to help combat the seizures he had been dealing with since he was involved in a car accident in 2019, but nothing seemed to work.

Bryant expressed similar sentiments after the death of former Dallas Cowboys teammate Marion Barber in June. Bryant had shown concern over Barber’s condition last July.

Dez Bryant warned everyone about Marion Barber

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Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant expressed concern over ex-Cowboys running back Marion Barber as recently as last year.

Barber played for the Cowboys from 2005-2010. He was found dead on Wednesday. The cause of death for the 38-year-old was unknown.

Barber had been in legal trouble recently, and Bryant was well aware of Barber’s struggles after his playing career ended.

In a post on Twitter last July, Bryant quote-tweeted a video of some of Barber’s career highlights. Bryant said he couldn’t even enjoy watching the highlights due to his concerns for Barber’s condition.

“As I watch this video and me knowing exactly how Marion barber life is going right now today is why I built @personalcorner,” Bryant wrote. “I can’t even enjoy it because he’s down and out bad … we are just a stat and moments to most people.”

Bryant founded Personal Corner, an NFT website, to assist athletes and influencers in digitizing their personal brands.

Barber had been going through some difficult times in recent years.

In 2019, he was booked on two counts of criminal mischief in Denton County, Texas jail after allegedly damaging two vehicles. In 2014, he was arrested for flashing a loaded gun in church.

Bryant reacted to Barber’s death Wednesday in a video posted on Twitter:

Barber and Bryant were teammates for only one season in 2010. That was Barber’s final season with the Cowboys, and Bryant’s rookie year.

Dez Bryant is bullish on 1 rookie NFL quarterback

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Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant believes that one rookie who shares his namesake has the chance to be a solid NFL quarterback.

Bryant tweeted on Monday that he’s high on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder due to the quarterback’s approach and confidence.

“The new league is built for the young guns,” Bryant wrote. “I believe the falcons got something to build around in the dirty south.”

Bryant played with some quality quarterbacks during his career, which means he knows talent when he sees it.

He spent time in Dallas with both Tony Romo and Dak Prescott, as well as the 2020 season with former MVP Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.

Bryant’s confidence in Ridder may be put to the test right away, as Ridder could get a legitimate chance to compete for the starting job with Marcus Mariota this offseason.

Ridder certainly had the numbers at Cincinnati to get fans excited about his transition to the professional game. Last season, he threw for 3,334 yards and 30 touchdowns in 14 games for the Bearcats.

Dez Bryant thinks he would be perfect fit for 1 NFL team

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Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant has appeared in just six games over the past four seasons, but the former Pro Bowler still is not ready to give up on his NFL career.

Bryant told TMZ this week that he is still hoping to sign with a team for the 2022 season. He said he is “not retired” and that he is almost in game shape. The 33-year-old was then asked if there is a specific team he could see himself joining. Bryant said the Arizona Cardinals without hesitating.

“I love the swagger over there. I love the guys, especially DeAndre Hopkins. That’s my boy, we’re real close,” Bryant said. “My phone line’s open. I wouldn’t mind playing with Rondale Moore, Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins. It’s not even so much about starting — just being in that locker room and being a great example.”

Bryant signed with the Baltimore Ravens midway through the 2020 season. He caught six passes in 6 games, including two touchdowns. Prior to that, the last time Bryant saw NFL action was with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017.

While this is not the first time Bryant has sent a clear message about his NFL future, he may want to look at other teams. The Cardinals seem set at wide receiver, especially after they just acquired Hollywood Brown in a blockbuster trade with Baltimore.

Dez Bryant predicted Cowboys’ latest signing days before it happened

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Dez Bryant hasn’t been with the Dallas Cowboys in nearly a half-decade, but he still appears to be pretty plugged-in.

The ex-star receiver tweeted this week that free agent James Washington was headed to the Cowboys, adding that “you heard it first right here.”

On Friday, three days after Bryant’s tweet, Washington did indeed agree to sign with the Cowboys. Bryant then promptly took his victory lap on Twitter.

It is unclear if Bryant is actually close with Washington and thus may have gotten the inside scoop from Washington himself. But Bryant has been advocating for Washington on Twitter over the last several years.

The 25-year-old Washington, who got few opportunities with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, should be a meaningful pickup for a Cowboys receiving corps that just lost Amari Cooper. As for Bryant, he has come up short with some of his predictions before, but he was definitely on point with this one.

Photo: Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Ja’Marr Chase reveals which NFL receiver he idolized growing up

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Ja’Marr Chase has already established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and the Cincinnati Bengals star says Dez Bryant deserves some of the credit for that.

Chase was asked on Monday if he had any influences that he tried to model his game after when he was younger. The first player he mentioned was Bryant.

Bryant appreciated the shoutout.

Chase said he also watched highlights of Stefon Diggs and teammate Tyler Boyd when he got to high school. That’s a great reminder of how young Chase is. Diggs is 28 and Boyd is 27. Both are still in their primes, but the 21-year-old Chase was a high schooler admiring their skills not all that long ago.

You can’t blame Chase for trying to model his game after Bryant’s. The former Dallas Cowboys star may be known more now for his Twitter beefs, but he was one of the most dominant players at his position during his prime. Chase has the potential to be even better.

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Dez Bryant, Dak Prescott’s brother get into heated Twitter beef

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Dez Bryant took to social media on Sunday to offer a suggestion for how Dak Prescott can improve as a player, and Prescott’s brother did not appreciate the comments.

Bryant wrote in a tweet that Prescott should consider seeking advice from Tony Romo on how to read defenses. Bryant, who put up Pro Bowl numbers while playing with Romo, in the past has praised Romo’s ability to dissect defenses. Bryant has also said Romo would make a great offensive coordinator.

Bryant noted in a follow-up tweet that he did not intend for his comments to knock Prescott.

Prescott’s older brother Tad did not think the criticism (if you want to call it that) was constructive.

“Because @DezBryant & Romo won so many playoff games together. Miss me with this s—,” Tad wrote (tweet edited by LBS for profanity).

Bryant reiterated that he was being genuine when he said Dak should reach out to Romo.

Tad still wasn’t having it, and things got more heated from there. Prescott accused Bryant of being a phony.

“@DezBryant is the same guy who’d smile & hug me while talking s— about Romo, Witten, & those he called Romo’s boys,” Prescott wrote (edited by LBS for profanity. “Now you turn on Dak, and myself. To think, I truly used to respect this man. @DezBryant
what did I say that was false? How many games did you and Romo win together. I saw you’re (sic) message where you asked I not let fans fool me, but than you address me directly after I hadn’t said s—. I’m not here for beef but you’re a (clown) bro.”

Bryant then shared a screenshot of a text message Prescott supposedly sent him, but Tad said the message didn’t come from his phone number.

Prescott accused Bryant of creating a fake conversation to make it seem like Tad texted him. He also called Dez “as fake as they come.” Bryant was sure to get the last word.

It’s worth noting that Bryant has been openly supportive of Dak Prescott in the past. His suggestion that the Cowboys QB reach out to Romo for advice also isn’t unreasonable, especially after the way Dak handled the Cowboys’ final play in his team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Tad was probably being overly sensitive, but we’ll take a good Twitter beef any way we can get it.

Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant takes shot at Jason Garrett after Giants firing

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They say that time heals all wounds, but it turns out that Dez Bryant needs a little more time.

The former Dallas Cowboys receiver took to Twitter Tuesday with a shot at his ex-coach, Jason Garrett, who was just fired as the offensive coordinator of the New York Giants. Bryant addressed his message to Giants rookie receiver Kadarius Toney.

“After hearing the News about JG,” Bryant wrote. “Kadarius Toney you will get to experience the love and Joy for football throughout your career.”

The Giants offense had struggled under Garrett, who was in his second season as their OC. Toney, the team’s first-round pick this year, is a dynamic talent. But he has only had one game of 100-plus yards receiving this season and has yet to find the end zone even a single time. Toney has had issues with the Giants and vented about his role on the team.

As for Bryant, he had Garrett as his head coach for all eight of his seasons in Dallas. The ex-Pro Bowler was much more critical of Garrett after their split, and it appears he has not gained any fondness for Garrett in recent years. Bryant seems to think that Garrett has a way of holding star receivers back.

Photo: Nov 8, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) reacts before a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant makes clear statement about his NFL future

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Dez Bryant is once again in the position of not being on an NFL roster on the eve of training camp. That’s not stopping the veteran wide receiver from plugging away in hopes of playing in 2021.

Bryant made clear Friday that he has faith that he will land on a roster in 2021, making clear that “the grind will continue.”

After two seasons away from football, Bryant briefly appeared for the Baltimore Ravens late in the 2020 season. The 32-year-old made six catches for 47 yards, though two of them were touchdown receptions.

There hasn’t been a lot of speculation linking any teams to Bryant during the offseason. He tried to drum up some interest himself, but nothing came of it. He may have to wait for some injuries to land a job in the NFL if he gets one at all.

Dez Bryant explains why he expects big season from Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott

One of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys failed to meet expectations in 2020 was the fact that Ezekiel Elliott was not as productive as he had been in previous seasons. His former teammate sees that changing in 2021.

Wide receiver Dez Bryant said Thursday he has seen Elliott “a few times” in recent months and was impressed by his demeanor. Bryant believes Elliott needed a year to adjust to coach Mike McCarthy’s offense, and thinks the running back is poised for a big year now that he’s done so.

Elliott failed to produce a 100-yard game until Week 11 last season, though he did seem to pick things up a little late in the year despite a calf injury. His role was also hindered by Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury, which meant that defenses didn’t have to respect the Dallas passing game as much and were able to key in on Elliott instead. He ended up rushing for 979 yards on the season, the worst total of his career thus far.

Prescott appears set to come back strong in 2021. That should mean good things for Elliott as well.