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Dez Bryant still considers himself one of NFL’s top receivers


Dez Bryant’s 2015 NFL season was a frustrating one from the get-go, as ankle, foot and knee injuries limited him to only nine games. But the confident Dallas Cowboys wideout believes he still ranks among the top receivers in the league.

Bryant found himself eclipsed by wide receivers Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Odell Beckham Jr., among others, on the annual Top 100 Players list, falling to No. 51. He was ranked 15th overall ahead of his injury-riddled 2015 season.

Despite his plummet in the rankings, Bryant seems ready to reassert himself as one of best wide receivers, if not players, in the NFL.

“There’s only one thing I got to go out there and do, that’s go out there and be D, be me,” Bryant said this week in an interview with the NFL Network’s Michael Irvin, via The Dallas Morning News. “I love Antonio Brown. I love Julio Jones. I love Odell Beckham. I put myself up there with those guys as well.

“But it’s not all about me sitting here talking, I’m just going to go out there and show them. That’s something I’m real damn good at doing.”

Bryant, accustomed to posting big numbers, had his lowest statistical output of his career, totaling only 31 receptions for 401 yards and three touchdowns. Missing seven games — along with the similarly extended absence of Tony Romo at quarterback — of course severely hurt his stats.

The seventh-year receiver to no surprise has been rusty as he works him back into game shape. But Bryant earlier in training camp stated an eagerness to return to “beast mode” in the coming season.

Still, Bryant’s competitive fire already is in midseason form, as evidenced by how irate he got after a video went viral of him dropping balls during a recent Juggs machine session.

Bryant recently also expressed a desire to better harness his aforementioned competitive fire, both on the field and on the sidelines, hoping channeling his emotions will further improve his productivity.

In other words, Bryant is looking to prove himself, something that should concern every NFL team on the Cowboys’ schedule.