Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) breaks the tackle of New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus (42) and runs for a touchdown at Cowboys Stadium. The Saints beat the Cowboys 34-31 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Dez Bryant: "I know what I'm doing"

The dynamic wide receiver ended the season on an explosive run. In the last 8 games of the season he caught 10 touchdown passes on 50 receptions and amassed 879 yards receiving. That averages out to 17.58 yards per reception.

But it hasn’t always been so smooth for Dez Bryant. He’s had many off the field issues, from being banned from Dallas area malls, to feuds with rapper Lil Wayne and a domestic abuse charge.

But Dez Bryant is growing up, dare we say maturing, and has a new mindset going into the 2013 season.

“It’s a whole different mindset going in,” Bryant said, via ESPN. “No more games. No more wondering. I know what I’m doing. I got to come in and do what I did at the end of last year, and I hope to build on that.”

Dez famously said he was thinks he can reach 2,000 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns in a season. Certainly lofty goals for any wide receiver, but the mentality is in the right place and he could be poised to have a break out season.

The Cowboys have a lot of options to spread the ball around with Miles Austin and draft pick Terrence Williams. As always there is the reliable tight end Jason Witten, not to mention the newly drafted tight end Gavin Escobar.

This depth could be a blessing and curse for Bryant. At the same time it could limit his targets and receptions, but at the same time it could free him up to take advantage of the balls that do come his way.

“I feel like we have a great receiving corps,” Bryant said. “We’re good if someone goes down. We have great enough receivers who can go in and contribute and make plays for this team.”

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