Jerry Jones: Dez Bryant an ‘eternal light of positiveness’
Dez Bryant has staged a remarkable resurrection of his NFL career by catching on with the Baltimore Ravens, and Jerry Jones showered praise this week on the one-time Dallas Cowboys wide receiver.
The Cowboys are tentatively scheduled to play Bryant and the Ravens next Tuesday amid Baltimore’s ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, and the loquacious Dallas owner turned quite the phrase — as he is wont to do — to speak to just how much he admires the 32-year-old wideout.
“Dez has an eternal light of good. If you love a competitor, or if you love somebody that his whole being is about getting to compete,” Jones said during his weekly appearance on 105.3 The Fan. “He’s got his teammates best interests, (a) great teammate. Dez is a eternal light of positiveness for our game. I couldn’t be happier to see him on the field,” Jones said. “Now, I’m going to be a little worried because I do know how that rascal can go up there and get a ball.”
Jones and Bryant remained close even after the Cowboys parted ways with the three-time Pro Bowler in April 2018. In fact, the two were even seen attending a Beyonce-Jay-Z concert together at AT&T Stadium later that year. Despite their close bond, though, Jones never seriously considered a reunion with Bryant as the receiver languished in free agency.
After being released by the Cowboys, Bryant caught on with the New Orleans Saints nine weeks into the 2018 season. His tenure with the team was a short one, as Bryant suffered an Achilles tear in one of his first practices. He sat out the entire 2019 NFL season amid rehabilitation.
Bryant, however, has been clamoring for an NFL job for some time now. Between his impressive workout videos and pursuit of “redemption” on the gridiron, Bryant — who has four catches for 28 yards for the Ravens in two games — has positioned himself this season to finally make all his hard work pay off.
And Jones could not be happier for him.