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Dez’s presence gives positive vibes for training camp, season

When Dez Bryant is happy, the Dallas Cowboys look better and play better.
When Dez Bryant is happy, the Dallas Cowboys look better and play better. Star-Telegram

Coach Jason Garrett is beyond excited to have receiver Dez Bryant on the field for the start of training camp after the wide receiver sat out the entire off-season in a contract dispute.

Bryant threatened to boycott camp and games if his contract situation didn’t get resolved. He signed a five-year, $70 million contract two weeks ago.

“To get him signed and ready to go to start camp is exciting,” Garrett said in his first comments since the signing. “He is a great football player, but more important he is a great teammate. He is passionate about the game.”

Garrett is also happy to avoid the distracting storyline of what a Bryant holdout would have brought to training camp.

“I don’t think anyone wants those types of things,” Garrett said. “You don’t want the business of the NFL to creep in as you get close to the season. The business is real. You have to take the emotions out of it. But it’s fun to have him back.”

Clarence E. Hill Jr., 817-390-7760

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