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Dez Bryant's Goal for 2,000 Yards May Be Reasonable for the Dallas Cowboys Receiver

Dallas' Superstar Wants to Be the First 2,000-yard Receiver in NFL History

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COMMENTARY | It took longer than expected, but Dez Bryant finally became that big-time player the Dallas Cowboys had been hoping for.

Bryant had his best season as a Cowboy since being drafted out of Oklahoma State in 2010, catching 92 passes for almost 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns. He finally lived up to the hype and the expectations that wearing No. 88 for the Cowboys brings.

He has become Tony Romo's favorite deep threat, and he's expected to produce at a bigger level than he did last season. In fact, Bryant can do that if he backs up what he'd like to achieve in 2013.

In a telephone interview with ESPNDallas.com, Bryant said that he feels that he scratched the surface last year, and that a 2,000-yard, 20-touchdown season is indeed possible for him this season.

After a year where Calvin Johnson almost had 2,000 yards, are we going to honestly say that Bryant will reach that mark after finishing his first 1,000-yard season of his career last year?

Why the heck not?

Bryant had an inconsistent start to his 2012 campaign. In the first eight games, four were over 85 yards, two over 100 yards. The other four games, however, he was targeted only 22 times and caught 12 passes.

Some will make the case that it was because of Romo that Bryant didn't find consistent success early on, by not getting the ball to him as often as he should have. But after the game against the New York Giants where Bryant caught the incredible touchdown that never was, Romo threw the ball to him more, and he made things happen.

Bryant reeled in almost 900 yards in the second half of the season, and he was a huge reason why the Cowboys almost made the playoffs last year. You add 900 to the first half of the year, you're looking at an 1,800-yard season.

Try and convince anyone he can't get those extra 200 yards.

No one's going to say he's even on Megatron's level yet. At 24 years old, he still has a long way to go, but Bryant is right about one thing: He did just scratch the surface. This 2,000-yard goal isn't as farfetched as some may think.

There will be the critics who say that he still needs to stay out of trouble, or there are the usual Skip Baylesses of the world who think this is an immature thing to say. No one's going to deny though that he has the on-field ability to make it a reality.

Bryant wants to take over the role as a leader in the locker room, and if he does exactly what he did in 2012, it'll be a cakewalk in 2013. He'll be making Pro Bowls, he'll be a top-5 receiver, and he'll be Romo's favorite target for the rest of his career.

Will he get 2,000 yards this year? It's a slim possibility.

But I doubt this will be the last time we even mention this.

Danny Webster is a featured columnist for the Dallas Cowboys. You can get in contact with him by following @DannyWebster21 on Twitter.

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