Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a leg injury late in the game on Sunday night against the New York Giants, but he was healthy for a large portion of the game and still failed to fill up his stat sheet.
Bryant finished the game against the NFC East rival New York Giants with a mere four catches for 22 yards, but quarterback Tony Romo explains why he was unable to get Bryant the ball as often as he had hoped — he wasn’t going to force it.
According to Bryant after the game, the Giants had planned to take him out of the game completely, which consisted of constant double and triple-teams from the New York defense.
“Hey, I got my stats through Witt, through Miles, through Tony and the rest of the other guys,” Bryant said, via ESPNDallas.com. “[The Giants] respected me tonight. I know what I can do. Everybody across this world knows what I can do. And they know, if the ball is thrown my way, I’m going to get to it. I don’t care if it’s double [coverage], triple or whatever. I’m going to try my best to get to it.
“But we play smart football here. We want to win, and I think we went the smart route tonight.”
Romo was able to find tight end Jason Witten twice for touchdowns.
It may not have been the strong performance that Bryant wanted to start the season, but he still took defenders out of the play for the Giants and opened up things for his teammates underneath.
Add in the fact that the team got a win, and Week One should be considered a success.