Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest
By JON MACHOTA  |  Last updated 8/30/13
ARLINGTON Before stopping to be interviewed after Thursday night's preseason finale, Dez Bryant walked past reporters in the Dallas Cowboys locker room and said he wasn't going to take any questions about Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel being suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season opener on Saturday. "I'm glad he's playing," said Bryant, someone who has a reason to be vocal about the NCAA's decision. But Bryant didn't say another word regarding that topic. The bulk of his three-and-half-minute question-and-answer session was about being prepared to face the New York Giants in the season opener on Sept. 8. "We're ready to play," Bryant said. "The confidence is there. We're just waiting patiently." Bryant, who didn't play Thursday night, assured that he has been watching tape of the Giants. When asked if that includes his 37-yard touchdown catch that was overturned after replay showed one of his fingers were out of bounds, Bryant responded: "I don't even think about it." He then paused and added: "I lied, I do." It's obvious that Bryant's excited to get the season underway and build on his strong finish to the 2012 campaign. But his maturity showed when asked about what a win in Week 1 can do in terms of setting the tone for the rest of the season. Actually, his response sounded like it came right out of Jason Garrett's mouth. "I kind of step back from that, setting the tone, because this is a long season," Bryant said. "Once you win, you've just got to put it behind you and focus on the task at hand. You can't look ahead. "You've got to realize there's another team we've got to face that next week." Follow Jon Machota on Twitter: @jonmachota
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
The Worst: NFL Week 2
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Michigan is now all-time winningest program in college football history

Wisconsin Badgers serve notice to Michigan State, rest of Big Ten

Ole Miss Rebels throttle Georgia, remain in New Year's Six bowl race

Broncos brass made right decision on parting ways with QB Osweiler

Wideout Dorial Green-Beckham to become more of a target says Eagles

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Is the NFL actively creating more opportunities for women in football?

Report claims Vikings teammates "upset" over Peterson surgery decision

Check out these bold predictions for Week 3 in the NFL

Jets wideout Brandon Marshall says Week 3 "not" in the cards for him

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick joins high school team for anthem protest

Dodgers honored Vin Scully tonight, and he wrote a letter to fans

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

Bill Belichick may be forced to get hilariously creative to fill his quarterback slot

Five MLB pitchers who need to be rescued from their teams

CFB Crash Course: Week 4 - No ranking is safe

Where does Landon Donovan's return rank among these notable athletes?

Five sports stadiums that should be renamed

WNBA playoffs head into second round after single eliminations

A 25-year award tour: Celebrating A Tribe Called Quest

YB Box Score: 9/23 - Win totals and the jobbing renaissance

WATCH: Is Anthony Davis the best Kentucky big man in the NBA?

NFL Kickoff: Week 3 - Pity the perpetually rebuilding Browns

Questions from reviewing the Vegas 2016-17 NBA win totals

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Where does Landon Donovan's return rank?

WATCH: What are the best WR-CB rivalries of all-time?

Bill Belichick may be forced to get hilariously creative to fill his quarterback slot

Five MLB pitchers who need to be rescued from their teams

Five sports stadiums that should be renamed

WNBA playoffs head into second round after single eliminations

CFB Crash Course: Week 4 - No ranking is safe

A 25-year award tour: Celebrating A Tribe Called Quest

WATCH: Is Anthony Davis the best Kentucky big man in the NBA?

A statistical trip thru Vin Scully’s extraordinary career

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker