DAVID MOORE The Dallas Morning News
Published: 30 January 2013 09:55 PM
NEW ORLEANS — A consensus emerged over the course of the season that Dez Bryant figured it out. A gaggle of critics who once questioned the Cowboys receiver spoke glowingly about how he had finally grown into his immense potential.
Maybe he has. But the next six months will provide a more accurate gauge of where the needle rests on the Dez Bryant maturity scale.
Ask another receiver who wore the No. 88 for the Cowboys. This Hall of Famer will tell you that losing the daily structure and discipline of the regular season can be a minefield for a young star.
“It’s the most critical time,” Michael Irvin said. “I remember my younger days, Jerry [Jones] would say to me, ‘We’ve got to keep you busy, Michael. As long as we keep you busy, we’re good.’
“I didn’t understand it until later on, when I became a spiritual man. The bible says an idle mind becomes the devil’s workshop. I was like, ‘That is who was in my mind all of the time. It was the devil.’
“Now I know why he said, ‘Keep him busy, keep him busy.’”
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