Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had one catch for 19 yards against the Cleveland Browns. He also had a drop and complained about some holding from cornerback Joe Haden during the game.
But in another example of the growing maturity of Bryant and the chemistry inside the Cowboys locker room, Bryant was all smiles following the 35-10 blow out victory.
Bryant entered the game as the team’s fifth-leading receiver with 22 catches for 263 yards and two touchdowns. He was exactly fifth on Sunday behind Jason Witten (8-134), Cole Beasley (6-56), Terrance Williams (2-19) and Geoff Swaim (2-11).
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“No big deal,” Bryant said. “At the end of the day we are chasing something. It’s not a one-man show. Each and every week, one guy is going to have to step up. As you saw, it was Witten today. He had a helluva day. He did outstanding. He did his thing.”
Bryant was unable to do his thing largely because of tight coverage from Haden. He was particularly upset about two plays, a slant and a pass in the end zone when Haden grabbed his arm before the ball got there but didn’t draw a flag.
“I ain’t going to lie. I wanted it,” Bryant said of the pass in the end zone he felt was a sure touchdown. “He pulled my arm. I can’t do anything about it. It is what it is. We got that W.”
Bryant tried to complain to official but was calmed down by rookie quarterback Dak Prescott in another example of his impressive leadership.
“I was telling the ref they were holding and he kept doing it,” Bryant said. “But Dak was like ‘lets just get it right. You are good.’ We need people like that. I was like ‘okay, its erased. lets move on to the next play’. That’s true leadership.”