Jones cautious to give Bryant too much praise
NOV 19, 2012 4:46p ET
Nine of his receptions came after halftime when the Cowboys offense was battling back to take the lead after falling behind 13-0 at halftime.
Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones said it was good to see Bryant have a big game, but was cautious about passing along too much praise.
"In general, I feel that Dez is maturing everywhere," Jones said. "Now that's not to say that he won't go out there and run the wrong route. We don't want him running the wrong route off the field. But the point is, without trying to be cute, Dez is improving but the risk here is that he's in the glaring spotlight of being on the field for the Cowboys and off the field for the Cowboys, so I'm reluctant, we all are, to say, ‘Boy, he's doing good.' Dez is doing better."
On Wednesday, Bryant reached a deal with the District Attorney's office to have his misdemeanor family assault charge conditionally dismissed. Bryant, who was accused of hitting his mother in July, will have the charge dropped if he attends a year of counseling and is not arrested or charged with another crime within a year.
Jones was asked if he's reluctant to pat Bryant on the back because the organization needs to continue keeping him in check?
"He loves (the game) so much," Jones said. "He's an optimist. That's one of the good things about him, you can coach him on and off the field hard."
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