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Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant: I’m going to be better than in 2014

Dez Bryant can’t wait to be full-go as he rehabs from offseason foot surgery.
Dez Bryant can’t wait to be full-go as he rehabs from offseason foot surgery. AP

Dez Bryant is almost completely healthy and definitely happy. The Cowboys hope that translates to dominant this season.

The receiver was just that in 2014 in earning All-Pro honors.

Bryant plans to be even better in 2016 after a lost 2015.

“Man, I’m not even trying to [get back] to 2014. I’m past that,” Bryant said. “I’m going to be better than that. I’m going to. The way we’ve been working, the way the coaches have been on us, the way we’ve been holding each other accountable, I think that alone is going to make us all be better than what we were in these past years.”

The Cowboys are being cautious with Bryant, who had offseason surgeries on his foot and ankle. Bryant continues his rehab as the Cowboys kicked off organized team activities this week.

Bryant will undergo another X-ray to make sure the bone is fully healed. Receivers coach Derek Dooley said recently he expected Bryant to be cleared by June 1.

“Have to go in and get another X-ray, see how it looks,” Bryant said. “I feel fine. I’ve been working out real good. I’m getting back to my old self. I feel like I am on track. I’m excited. I’m just ready for these results next week.”

Bryant played only nine games last season, none completely healthy. He fractured the fifth metatarsal in his right foot in the season opener, requiring surgery that sidelined him five games. Bryant admits he never was healthy the rest of the season, though he did play eight more games before going on injured reserve.

The Cowboys can’t wait for his return.

“He’s doing some walk-through stuff,” offensive coordinator Scott Linehan said. “He is working a lot with our trainers, so that is his big focus. He is also working a lot with us. He is very engaged, working through all the walk-throughs. That is huge. We don’t have him like we did two years ago, but he is here. Last year, he was in the contract situation [and not participating in the offseason program]. We understand that is the business part of the game. But having him here engaged and around his teammates, leading those receivers is huge for us.”