Rob Ryan says Dez Bryant embarrassed Cowboys DB so bad it ruined his career
Since being let go by the Dallas Cowboys about a month ago, former Pro Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant has had some difficulty finding his next landing spot. There have been some questions about what type of player he is at this point in his career centered on his ability to separate from opposing defensive backs.
One of his former coaches in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had some huge praise during an appearance on FS1’s “Undisputed” on Wednesday morning stating that Bryant once embarrassed one of his teammates on the practice field that it practically ruined his career. (h/t Jorge Alonso of Brobile)
“Look, this was my next door neighbor in training camp. He’s all football. This guy loves football. He is so passionate about it. I say he is the genuine article. He’s a wild horse. That’s what he is. Believe me, I made the mistake of putting a first-year corner on him the first day of practice and Dez Bryant punked him, knocked him down so bad he had a terrible career. He’s still playing but he’s not any good and it’s because Dez punked him. That was the beginning of the end. That was the dumbest thing I ever did. But I’ll tell you what, I love Dez Bryant and I believe in him. History has shown, great receivers can come back.”
It didn’t take long for this player being described in the anecdote being Morris Claiborne, who had been the only draft rookie cornerback in his class. There was also the fact that he struggled mightily during the early years of his tenure to be a reliable option in the secondary before injuries began to pile up that led to his departure following the 2016 season.
That said, this speaks to the tremendous talent that Bryant had that made him one of the game’s best wide receivers before injuries began to take their toll on him. He has proven that he is still a productive player at his position, but there are doubts that he can return to being an elite talent.
Regardless of the perception of what he has left in the tank, this next stop in his NFL career could be a prime opportunity for him to show that he is still one of the game’s best wideouts.