There was talk just a week ago that Dez Bryant should shut it down for the 2012 season with a broken finger. I think that talk has gone completely away after Bryant put together a 224-yard, two-touchdown afternoon in a loss for the Dallas Cowboys. Bryant played like a player on a mission all day and but now Bryant and his Dallas teammates have a lot of work ahead of them.
The Cowboys must beat the Washington Redskins next week and hope for some help along the way if they want to make the playoffs. Dallas had to put together a furious late rally just to force overtime against the New Orleans Saints before falling this week. Bryant though did everything in his power to keep Dallas in the game and it seems like in the second half of this season that Bryant is paying much more attention to the game. The broken finger has even helped him concentrate even more and honestly Dallas is going to need that yet again next week.
It is very possible that Dallas will have a new coaching staff next season as well but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind now that Bryant is the No. 1 receiver on this team. If Jason Garrett does return or whoever does takes over, hopefully they try to make Bryant even more like Calvin Johnson and find a way to get him the ball over 100 times each season. Bryant has been targeted over 120 times this season and that trend must continue as Bryant has become a top-5 wide receiver in the National Football League.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.