Maybe we shouldn’t have been surprised that agent Eugene Parker and the Cowboys completed a deal Thursday to sign the first first-round pick of the 2010 Draft class, WR Dez Bryant.
Although Parker isn’t known for getting his players to training camp on time, he has a positive relationship with Dallas’ front office, and according to the Dallas Morning News’ David Moore , that familiarity “allowed them to jump out and set the market rather than let it come to them.”
Parker told Moore: “When you don't have to build that trust, you can minimize the posturing. You can get right down to the tough issues. The trust factor allows you to get right to the real issues.''
Bryant really wanted to finish his contract before the start of training camp, because he hasn’t been in pads since the middle of last year when he was suspended for much of Oklahoma State’s season.
The completed contract also reflected the Cowboys wishes. Now, he’ll get a chance to compete against Roy Williams for a starting WR spot. How fast could that happen?
The National Football Post’s Matt Bowen has an opinion. Writes Bowen:
Could we see Bryant moving ahead of Williams on the depth chart by September? Maybe, as we know the overall skills are there. But just like any rookie WR, Bryant will struggle to adapt to the speed of NFL defenses, the coverage schemes and the ability of pro defensive backs. How will he respond to press coverage (something he didn’t see a lot in the Big 12), the everyday marathon that is the NFL training camp, a bad practice, etc.?
We will get to see all of that unfold over the month of August. By getting the deal done, Bryant has those opportunities to learn the pro game and use the practice time and the preseason games as a learning tool.
Too often (as we will see in the coming weeks) first-round picks sit at home and miss crucial time on the field and in the meeting room. Miss three days and we are talking up to six practices and hours in the film room watching tape. As a rookie, you need that time to see your mistakes and correct them on the field the next day.
All in all, a good deal for everyone involved.
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