Dez Bryant heaps praise on young players

IRVING, Texas -- Sunday wasn’t a flashy game for Dez Bryant or the offense. Bryant, who had six touchdowns in the previous four games, didn’t get in the end zone in a 31-16 win over the Redskins.

And Bryant wasn’t worried about it, either. He spent most of his brief session with the media on Monday extolling others on his team and preaching the importance of the right “mindset.” And he was proud of the fact that in four trips inside the red zone, the offense scored three touchdowns.

Bryant was most pleased about how so many players down on the depth chart competed and stepped up as injuries mounted.

“We have a bunch of guys waiting on an opportunity,” Bryant said. “I think every guy who has the opportunity, not one guy or coach said, ‘He can’t do the job.’

“As you can see, each guy was waiting on their opportunity and when their number was called, they went in there and did it.”

Bryant heaped praise on Dwayne Harris, who shined in special teams, saying he’s got the confidence to keep it going. He was happy about Joseph Randle’s play. And he was impressed with Kyle Wilber, who filled in (along with Caesar Rayford) after DeMarcus Ware left the game in the second quarter with a strained thigh muscle.

“What Wilber did last night, the whole team expects him to do the same thing next week,” Bryant said. “We have high standards as a team and that’s the only way you can win in this league. You have to have high standards.”

That includes the expectation level away from AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys have one home game between now and Thanksgiving. The journey away from Arlington begins Sunday in Philadelphia against an Eagles team that sits on top of the NFC East with Dallas at 3-3.

“Like each and every week, it’s going to be a fight. It’s going to be a battle,” Bryant said. “You have to have a mindset that you’re going there to get what you want. You have to go in with the right attitude, the right mindset. The main thing is preparation. It starts on Monday and evaluating and getting ready for Wednesday and practice throughout the week.”