Dez Bryant hasn’t been himself the past two seasons.
As he battled injuries, the star receiver hasn’t been able to put up the numbers he and Dallas Cowboys fans are accustomed to. Due to various ailments, Bryant only played in nine games in 2015 and recorded 31 catches for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Last year, he played in 13 games and netted 50 catches for 796 yards and eight touchdowns.
From 2012 to 2014, Bryant averaged 1,300 yards per season. He attributes the recent dip in his numbers to a slew of injuries.
“There have been times where I (would) be seriously injured, but I still go. I know for a fact that a lot of guys that play my position couldn’t do that,” he said, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.
Entering 2017, Bryant is getting closer to full health.
“The way that I feel now, I’m not dealing with really anything. I feel damn good,” he said. “I know once I’m 100 (percent), I’m something hard to – I was about to say some bad words – but I’m hard to deal with.”
The Cowboys’ offense took on more of a ground approach last season, playing to its strengths with its star-studded offensive line and super rookies Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott.
Bryant hopes to contribute even more in the upcoming season.
“The way that I’m feeling right now, I feel damn good. That confidence just steady expanding,” he said. “… I’ll tell you this: I’ve never been (more) ready for training camp. I’m excited.”
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