You can count on Dez Bryant being ready for Sunday.
There are few NFL rivalry games that possess the tradition of the Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins. Bryant realizes that, while also knowing Washington’s new cornerback in town.
The Cowboys wide receiver is fired up to line up against Josh Norman.
“I can’t wait,” Bryant told the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be exciting for both sides. We look forward to playing some great football.”
Last year when the two faced each other Norman, then with the Panthers, won the one-on-one battle and the final score. Bryant was held to two catches for 26 yards in a 33-14 loss.
Norman’s change of address could play a major role during this year’s contest. The Redskins don’t have a dominant front seven with Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis at the helm. That much was very apparent during Washington’s 38-16 head-scratching loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The embarrassing home loss was even more disheartening because of Washington’s refusal to let Norman guard Antonio Brown. Washington gave the All-Pro corner $75 million this offseason and let Brown torch the team’s No. 2 CB Bashaud Breeland consistently on Monday night.
We’ll see if Jay Gruden and company learned from their mistake. Bryant appears ready regardless.