Jerry: Bryant signing makes statement

SAN ANTONIO -- Dez Bryant's punctuality problems at Oklahoma State have been highly publicized.

That's one of many reasons Jerry Jones has such a huge grin while discussing Bryant's agreement to his rookie contract a couple of days before the beginning of training camp.

"Not on time –- before time," Jerry said. "I want to give Dez and his agent Eugene Parker [credit] for wanting to do something that would make a statement and set a tone. Boy, that’s a good sign. ...

"They both knew that this thing was important to set a tone, set an impression. That had a lot to do with it."

Bryant also understood the importance of reporting to camp on time from a football perspective.

Wade Phillips mentioned that all the draft picks being signed before camp would allow the coaching staff to maximize the benefits of an extended training camp and extra preseason game.

The public perception is Bryant improved his chances of challenging Roy Williams for the starting job opposite Roy Williams. Jones didn't exactly downplay that possibility.

"No problem. I accept what you're saying that that's the perception," Jerry said. "The facts are that we've got a chance to really be exceptional with the skills of those players and their ability to help us win ballgames. There are enough balls to go around if they're open."

Getting open has never been a problem for Bryant. Being on time has been, but not during his brief time with the Cowboys.