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Cowboys WR Bryant heeding advice, rolling along

By SCHUYLER DIXON, AP Sports Writer Published: December 5, 2012

Things appear to have changed quite a bit in two months.

“He's making less and less mistakes really every month that goes by,” Romo said. “He's done a good job of locking in and focusing in practice. He's always worked hard.”

There's other evidence that Bryant might be growing up.

For all the trouble of his first year in Dallas with lawsuits for unpaid bills and sagging pants at the mall, the most serious problem was a misdemeanor family violence arrest after a dispute with his mother over the summer. Last month, Bryant reached an agreement with prosecutors that could lead to dismissal of the charge.

A few days after the deal was announced, Bryant opened up to reporters, saying he needed to “change my act up” and that his relationship with his mother was strong “even after the fact.”

“I think in so many ways Dez has matured,” Garrett said. “I think he's just been more consistent throughout the game whether he gets the ball or whether he doesn't get the ball, running his routes, doing his job.”

And running north and south. One of the lowest points for what Garrett might call the “dancing Dez” was an aborted punt return against the New York Giants that ended in a fumble and cost Bryant those return duties. Bryant made a mistake even trying to field the ball, then was moving sideways when the ball was stripped. The play came while Dallas was falling behind 23-0 in a 29-24 loss in late October.

“Sometimes when Dez gets in trouble, he starts kind of dancing too much and that plays a little bit into the defense's hand,” Garrett said. “A lot more guys can get around him. I thought he did a good job (against the Eagles) of putting his foot in the ground and going north and south, splitting defenders and just getting into the end zone.”

Bryant's third season is already the best of his career. He has a chance to make it a breakout year.

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