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Dez Bryant hopes the NFL can “figure out what a catch is”

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant’s catch against Packers cornerback Sam Shields last year was overturned on replay in a controversial decision.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant’s catch against Packers cornerback Sam Shields last year was overturned on replay in a controversial decision. AP

Dez Bryant is like you: He still isn’t sure what the NFL’s definition of a catch is. The Cowboys star receiver isn’t even sure the league knows.

Bryant watched officials uphold Larry Fitzgerald’s catch in the Cardinals’ divisional playoff victory over the Packers last week. He had flashbacks, like everyone else did, to the Cowboys’ divisional round game against the Packers.

“I saw it,” Bryant said. “The NFL is still trying to figure out what a catch is. Whenever they figure that out, hopefully they’ll let me know.”

Fitzgerald’s catch didn’t look a lot different than Bryant’s non-catch last season. The Cowboys lost in Green Bay 26-21 after officials overturned Bryant’s fourth-quarter catch to the 1-yard line in a controversial replay decision.

Both receivers lost possession, while reaching the ball out, after several steps.

“You know when I watch football, I’m into it, even during the season, like a fan,” Bryant said in an interview while promoting BODYARMOR’s new drink. “I felt like if it was called a completion, it was a completed catch. The officials are going to call the game the way they want to call it.”

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