June 11, 2013; Irving, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch against cornerback Brandon Carr (39) during minicamp at Dallas Cowboys Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant: "I'm not a prima donna"

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Dez Bryant’s career has been tumultuous at times, mainly due to off-field issues. But this year the Dallas Cowboys brass has been praising Bryant and his growth and maturation. Now, Bryant is confident as ever and projecting or not projecting 2,000 yards receiving as a goal of his.

Whatever you do, don’t try and label Dez as a diva-receiver.

“Let me start off by saying Dez Bryant is in no way, shape or form a prima donna,” Bryant said during a Thursday evening appearance on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM. “I look at myself as physical, rough, tough, ruthless whenever I’m on the field. That’s the attitude, that’s the approach I like to have when I’m out there on the field. I don’t think prima donna falls anywhere near that category. I just don’t, in my opinion.

“To answer your question, I feel like every receiver should believe in something. It’s not 2,000 yards. That’s not a goal I’m trying to reach. I just feel like I can get better from what I did last year. That should be any receiver’s mindset each and every year. If you have a good year or a bad year, you should feel like you should get better. That’s how you be successful, by having the right attitude and really grinding and trying to be the best you can be.”

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