Dallas Cowboys

Dez Bryant respects Odell Beckham, not 50 TD mark

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant had quite the night in the 31-28 victory against the Giants Sunday night. He had seven catches for 86 yards and two touchdowns.

His 31-yarder in the third quarter gave the Cowboys the lead after they trailed 21-10 at halftime. His 13-yarder with a little over a minute left gave the Cowboys the win.

“It started at halftime,” Bryant said. “I knew nobody gave up or faded. I could tell by everybody’s attitude. We all knew that hey these are mental mistakes that we could fix. We don’t believe in pressure. We didn’t feel like we were under pressure. We knew what we had to do coming out in the second half and whenever we get the ball we need to make something happen and we need to make it count. I think that’s what we did.”

“We knew. Whenever the Giants scored, we knew we had to go out there and respond. We all play together. We knew we had to go out there and protect the rock and secure the ball and make every play count and that’s exactly what we did.”

Bryant’s two touchdowns gave him 50 touchdowns for his career. He did in 70 games, becoming the second fast Cowboy and seventh fastest player in NFL history to do so.

“That’s pretty cool,” Bryant said when told of his feat. “Thank you, buddy. It don’t mean anything to me.”

What impressed Bryant was the presence of rapper Jay Z on the sideline before the game. Bryant has signed with Roc Nation Sports, which is owned by Jay Z.

He was also wowed by the play of Giants rookie receiver Odell Beckham, who had 10 catches for 146 yards, including a miraculous, one-handed 43-yard touchdown catch.

“The man’s a monster,” Bryant said. “You have to give it to him. He’s one of those guys that loves to play the game. You can tell. He jumps around. He’s got bounce to him. He wants to be out there. He wants to make a play. You’ve got to respect a guy like. That catch? That’s outstanding. Whew, some of my work. You’ve got to give it to him for real.”

“He’s one of those guys that ‘hey I want to make a play’ and I respect guys like that. My hat’s off to him.”

Bryant said his strong second half was about about helping the Cowboys win not about trying to match Beckham. He said he enjoyed watching Beckham play, just not against the Cowboys.

“I respect wideouts,” Bryant said. “I respect playmakers. He is a playmaker. I just don’t like when he do it to us. I do like seeing wide receivers ball out in this league. I’m a fan of all wideouts in this league.”