Last week before the Dallas Cowboys game against the Detroit Lions, wide receiver Dez Bryant said he could do anything the Lions’ Calvin Johnson could do. That initially was received with a lot of skepticism.
“I think Calvin’s the best at what he [does]. I think I’m the best at what I do,” Bryant said. “I believe I can do whatever he can do.”
Veteran Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson scoffed at the idea that Bryant was as good as Johnson, or capable of doing what Johnson does.
“Listen, I like Dez. I think he’s one of the best receivers in the game right now,” Burleson said. “Very talented. Fast, big, strong. He possesses all the tools to possibly be as good as Calvin. But he’s not Calvin Johnson. No way, no how. Sorry, Dez. Keep it real.”
Johnson caught 14 passes for 329 yards and 1 touchdown in an incredible game. Dez’s stat line wasn’t nearly as impressive though, 3 catches for 72 yards and two touchdowns. Lions head coach Jim Schwartz made a statement that seems to validate Bryant’s claims though.
“We were doubling Dez Bryant just about the entire game and he still made two touchdown catches,” Schwartz said, via Pro Football Talk. “Both of them, he was doubled. One of them was an over-under zone, and the other was a true double man. And he kept on making a play on us.”