Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) runs after a reception for a fourth quarter touchdown against Philadelphia Eagles safety Patrick Chung (23) at AT&T Stadium. The Eagle beat the Cowboys 24-22. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Weeden: Dez Bryant is ‘freak’ on the field, but has matured since college

The Dallas Cowboys signed former Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden to serve as a back up to Tony Romo. They might need him more than previously thought if Kyle Orton remains MIA.

It reunited Weeden with his Oklahoma State teammate, wide receiver Dez Bryant, and Weeden had nothing but praise for Bryant’s athletic abilities.

“He’s unbelievable at what he does,” Weeden said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “It’s the same stuff he did when he was 18 when he came in. I have said it when we came in the same year, he’s just a freak. The guy is probably the most passionate football player. He loves the game more than anyone I’ve ever been around.

“He just wants to catch the ball. You can throw him footballs for 24 hours and the guy would never get tired. He hasn’t changed in that sense. Dez is one of the best teammates I have ever had, dating back to when we were at Oklahoma State. He’s just a passionate guy that will have your back until the end.”

Weeden never got to throw a pass to Bryant in a game because Bryant was in the NFL by the time Weeden became the strter. That passion is evident and Bryant has drawn comparisons to former Cowboys great Michael Irvin, who wore Bryant’s No. 88 jersey first.

Bryant has been praised for maturing and becoming a leader and Weeden said he can see the change over the six or seven years he has known Bryant.

“I could tell the first day when I came in the locker room, compared to six or seven years ago, he had grown a whole lot,” Weeden said. “He is making good decisions off the field, doing the right things. He’s always been a great guy, never been a problem child. But he’s growing up. He’s maturing. I wouldn’t expect anything less. He knows he has to.”

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