Play of the day: Dez Bryant dazzles

OXNARD, Calif. – Dez Bryant definitely didn’t look like a distracted football player during the Cowboys’ first practice of training camp.

Jerry Jones said Sunday that the troubled receiver often looks “like a man among boys” on the practice field. That was again the case Monday afternoon, when Bryant gave rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne a rough welcome to the NFL.

The highlight of Bryant’s impressive day -- and the entire practice, for that matter -- came when he effortlessly adjusted to snatch a Tony Romo pass that was thrown well behind him on the crossing route.

Bryant showed rare body control by managing to barely break stride while turning his torso to snare the ball with both hands. Bryant had such good separation from Claiborne on the deep crossing route that it didn’t matter that the throw from Romo, who had to move up in the pocket to avoid DeMarcus Ware, was off target.

It was the kind of play that can cause an owner/general manager to display extreme patience with a receiver’s off-field issues.