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Dez Bryant feeling great at Cowboys camp: ‘My confidence is sky high’


Dez Bryant is making it clear that after a disappointing, injury-plagued 2015 campaign, he’s ready to roll in 2016.

The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was asked Wednesday if this year’s edition of training camp is the best he’s had in his seven-year career.

“Hell yeah,” Bryant replied, via The Dallas Morning News. “My mind is right. My confidence is sky high right now. I think it’s the best it’s ever been.

Bryant admitted early on in camp that he was rusty and struggling a bit to return to form after foot and ankle surgeries in January hampered his offseason workouts. Despite the setbacks, Bryant proclaimed an eagerness to return to “beast mode” form.

The veteran wideout touted his high conditioning level as well as Cowboys defensive backs Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr for making him work hard throughout training camp.

“A lot of credit to Mo and Brandon,” Bryant said. “That’s what I needed. Those guys got the best of me the first couple of days, but I knew I’ve worked hard in the offseason and I knew all I had to do was get my feet and stuff back under me and everything was going to go as planned.”

While that may in fact be the case, Bryant nevertheless was caught on tape taunting the Cowboys defense during a recent practice, saying, “You can’t guard me.”

Suffice to say, even if he’s not fully ready for the regular season, Bryant’s trash-talking skills already are in midseason form. Although given how he reacted to a video of him dropping footballs during a Juggs drill, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that Bryant’s competitive fire still burns red-hot.

Bryant earlier in camp argued that he remains among the top wide receivers in the NFL, despite the perception that he might have lost a step over previous seasons.

The Cowboys obviously are counting on a healthy and productive Bryant — not to mention a return to form and health for Tony Romo — to get the team back on the right track after a disastrous 4-12 2015 season.

It certainly seems like Bryant is up to and eager for the challenge.