IRVING Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant made a quick impression in his first preseason game against Baltimore.
His three catches for 59 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter underscored the fact that he's eager to start his fifth NFL season.
'He's a pro,' said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. 'He wants to be great. He listens to coaching and he really gets better each and every day.'
As good a receiver as he is, Bryant still isn't perfect, and it's those times that he makes mistakes on the field that he isn't afraid to face criticism.
'If it's not right, tell me it's not right,' Bryant said. 'I want to do my best to fix it, and that's what it's about, by being honest.'
'He wants to be great, so he's always been someone who accepts coaching and he understands it,' Garrett said. 'The film is a great tool. It doesn't lie, and there is rarely an instant when you as a coach put something up on a screen and say, 'What do you think?' You coach yourself. These guys know when it's right and when its wrong, and it's our job to point it out to them and highlight the stuff that's good and make sure we recognize the stuff that's not quite so good, either, and how we can make it better.'
Bryant's first Pro Bowl appearance was last year after he was 13th in the league with 1,233 yards receiving. His 93 catches ranked him 8th, and his 13 touchdowns tied him for third.
Any thoughts about a 2,000-yard season?
'No prediction,' Bryant said. 'I never predict anything. You all predicted that.'
Bryant is in the last year of his rookie contract. Beyond that, the only thing he misses is a chance to play in a postseason game.
'Of course it bothers me, especially because of how much I love the game,' Bryant said. 'Not only does it bother me, but it bothers everybody.'
The only way to change that is to start winning.