IRVING, Texas – Dez Bryant heard that Jerry Jones publicly wondered last week whether the receiver’s conditioning affected his concentration late in games last season.
Bryant doesn’t disagree with his boss. The young receiver considers Jones’ comments a challenge that he eagerly accepts.
“I don’t want to say I was in horrible shape, but I feel like I wasn’t at my best,” Bryant said. “I feel like now, I’m still not at my best, but it’s way better than last year and I feel like I’m still progressing.”
The owner, of course, isn’t the only Valley Ranch authority figure pushing Bryant. Head coach Jason Garrett, receivers coach Jimmy Robinson and strength coach Mike Woicik take turns getting in Bryant’s ear when appropriate.
Bryant, who claims that he’s dropped his body fat to 3.1 percent, has especially benefited from six-time Super Bowl champion Woicik’s frequent butt kickings.
“Of course, and I’m loving every minute of it,” Bryant said. “I love to compete, and what Coach Woicik is doing with us, I can see a big change in everybody’s ways and how they go about everything on the field.”
Garrett likes what he’s seen from Bryant this offseason.
“He’s working very hard,” Garrett said. “He’s done an excellent job in the offseason program both with lifting and with running, and he’s carried that to the field. He has to do exactly that.”