Dez Bryant insists he is more mature and that he has “found himself.” This has Dallas Cowboys fans breathing a sigh of relief after watching their enigmatic young star get into off field trouble on a regular basis.
And while it might be hard to believe Jerry Jones and Jason Garrett have noticed a change in Dez as well.
“Dez is in a better place relative to anything that the Cowboys are interested in, which is most everything about him,” Jones said earlier this year.
But the turning point could have been when Dez Bryant became the seventh athlete to sign with Nike’s Jordan brand. Bryant credits Michael Jordan for telling him to “stay out of trouble.”
“They almost treat him like a little brother,” Bryant’s mentor David Wells told FOXSportsSouthwest.com. “Dez started listening to older people instead of the young guys. Those guys are both married and have stable lives. And that’s something Dez craves.”
Bryant made waves as a rookie when he refused to carry wide receiver Roy Williams pads, now he finds himself on the other side of the coin and is mentoring third-round draft pick wide receiver Terrance Williams.
“That’s one of the things that Michael Jordan preached to him,” Wells said. “He wants him to develop as a leader.”
Dez seems ready for this upcoming season and has expressed his desire to contest with Calvin Johnson for NFL records, like a 2,000 yard receiving season. But first, he needs to stay out of trouble.