Coming into the 2012 NFL season, Dallas Cowboys fans were hoping the light would come on for wide receiver Dez Bryant. After all, this was Bryant’s third season in the league, the year where most receivers finally start to get it. There were questions about his route running and his ability to keep his composure in situations where he wasn’t receiving the ball. And for the first half of the season, those questions held value.
However, in the second half of the Cowboys season something finally clicked and Bryant took off. Coincidentally, so did the Cowboys offense. Gone were the dropped passes and the miscommunication with quarterback Tony Romo and along came a dominant receiver. Bryant turned in a second half to the season that rivaled any wide receiver in the game, which includes Calvin Johnson. I’m not saying Bryant is as good as Johnson yet, but his play late in the season may have been unmatched.
Bryant scored a touchdown in seven straight games and put up dominant performances while becoming Tony Romo’s favorite receiver and earning his quarterback’s trust. In all, Dez posted career highs with 92 catches, 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those numbers all ranked in the top 10 for receivers in the NFL.
The Cowboys’ receiver played through a painful finger injury that needed surgery, which is something that endeared Bryant to Cowboys fans all over and showed his passion for the game. Bryant also sparked a movement with Cowboys fans with his outstanding play in the month of December, which the fans labeled ‘Dezember.’
So being named Pro Football Weekly’s ‘Most Improved Player’ is a deserving honor for Dez Bryant and the best is yet to come for the Cowboys wide receiver.
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