BALTIMORE -- After most of the media horde left his locker Sunday afternoon, Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant asked for an opinion about the failed two-point conversion that would have tied the score with 36 seconds remaining.
Want the truth, Dez?
Sorry, Dez, that was a drop. It's a ball No. 88 is expected to catch 99 of 100 times.
"That's fair," Bryant replied, frustrated that his only mistake during a breakout performance loomed so large in the Cowboys' 31-29 loss at M&T Bank Stadium.
Know what else is fair? Expecting Bryant to perform like that on a weekly basis.
"Of course," Bryant said. "That's not only [my expectations], but I know it's everybody else's, too."
It's definitely what the Cowboys expected when they decided to draft Bryant despite all of his baggage. He was past due for this kind of performance.
Bryant is simply too strong, too explosive, too gifted not to be a dominant force all the time. A 95-yard, two-touchdown game ought to be relatively routine for the most talented receiver to ever suit up for a franchise that has three receivers in the Ring of Honor, two in the Hall of Fame and another who has the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.
It's time Bryant forces the discussion about him to focus on his production, not his potential and his problems.