Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones didn’t hold back about Dez Bryant — and everyone may be better for it.
Jones and Bryant, the veteran receiver now playing for the Baltimore Ravens, have always had a heartwarming relationship. Jones took a chance on Bryant in the 2010 NFL draft and was rewarded with eight seasons and plenty of memorable touchdowns.
Now, the two are likely to square off next week. In a recent radio interview, Jones said he “couldn’t be happier” that Bryant is playing again after a three-year absence.
Dez Bryant is now with the Baltimore Ravens
Dez Bryant completed his long journey back to the NFL in a big way.
After going nearly three full years without playing a regular-season game, Bryant debuted with the Baltimore Ravens in November. Bryant missed the 2018 season — while in New Orleans — with an injury and didn’t play anywhere last year.
Bryant joined the Ravens’ practice squad in October.
After making his first Ravens appearance in Week 9 against the Colts, Bryant provided a reminder of who he is in Week 11. Bryant snagged four catches for 28 yards on five targets.
Bryant played 54% of the Ravens’ offensive snaps. Tennessee defeated Baltimore, 30-24, in overtime.
Jerry Jones is thrilled that Bryant is playing again
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t hiding the fact that he is happily rooting for Dez Bryant.
During an interview on 105.3 The Fan in Dallas, Jones said Bryant — who played for the Cowboys from 2010-17 — 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. He’s got his teammates’ best interests, great teammate. Dez is an eternal light of positiveness for our game.”
Jones added that he “couldn’t be happier” about Bryant’s return to the NFL.
Dez Bryant faces Jerry Jones and the Cowboys in Week 13
The relationship between Dez Bryant and Jerry Jones could face a temporary barrier later this month.
Baltimore is scheduled to host the Cowboys on Tuesday, December 8. Originally, that game would have been played on Thursday Night Football this week.
A COVID-19 outbreak in the Ravens’ building pushed back both that game and a Week 12 showdown between Baltimore and Pittsburgh. That game, originally scheduled for Thanksgiving Night, is Wednesday afternoon.
Dez Bryant has never played against the Dallas Cowboys. Next week will mark a first for him and Jones alike.
Jones understands how strange next week will be for all parties.
“I’m going to be a little worried because I do know how that rascal can go up there and get a ball,” Jones said of Bryant.
Jones and the Cowboys emerged victorious over longtime head coach Jason Garrett in Week 5. Garrett is now the offensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
Dallas won that game, 37-34, to move to 2-3. The dismal Cowboys enter Week 12 at 3-8 and hold sole possession of last place in the NFC East Division.