SAN ANTONIO – Dez Bryant is determined to make an immediate impact.
That meant reporting to camp on time and earning Tony Romo’s trust. Bryant has been impressive in the first two practices, making a handful of highlight-reel catches and showing a solid grasp of the offense for a rookie.
Bryant hasn’t taken Roy Williams’ starting job – yet – but he’s getting plenty of work with Romo. The Cowboys worked extensively out of their three-receiver packages Sunday morning, and Romo took several reps with the second-team receivers the previous practice.
The way to earn Romo’s trust is to run precise routes and understand how the quarterback expects adjustments to be made. Williams hasn’t done that in one and a half years. Bryant hopes to accomplish it in a matter of months.
“There’s a lot of communication,” said Bryant, who made the play of the morning with a diving catch of a Jon Kitna deep ball with Mike Jenkins on his back. “He wants me to know it just as much as I want to know it. It’s my job to make Romo believe in me. I feel like I’m doing a great job at that right now.”
Receivers coach Ray Sherman had two words to describe Bryant’s performance in the first two practices: “Very good.” Sherman is thrilled that Bryant’s contract got done in time to allow the first-round pick to be here for every second of the installation of the offense instead of playing catch-up.
“I feel comfortable. I feel confident,” Bryant said. “The more and more practices get going, I feel like I’m just going to get more confident and more comfortable. By the time August 8 comes, I’ll be ready to go.”