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Around the NFL- Dez Bryant’s restrictions; Young and TO released; Pryor lights it up; Jones-Drew vs Bush
By Jason Lewis (Sports Editor,
Published August 29, 2012


The Dallas Cowboys are trying to protect Dez Bryant from himself.  Photo by Jeff Lewis


Dez Bryant is being treated like a child

Troubled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is making big time money, but he is not going to be able to enjoy it any time soon.  Because he has had some legal issues, the Cowboys appear to be trying to save him from himself by imposing rules to keep him out of trouble.   

Bryant will not be able to go to nightclubs, strip clubs, drink alcohol, he will have a midnight curfew, and he will have a security team to chaperon him around town.   

In other words, the Cowboys control him.   

Even with Bryant’s off the field issues, it is hard to believe that an employer could put those types of restrictions on an employee.  There must be some labor laws against this.  And as good as Bryant is, is he really worth all of this?  If the Cowboys are fed up with his behavior, then cut him, because a receiver who has yet to log in a 1,000+-yard season is not worth all of this hassle.     

These restrictions are pretty silly, because Bryant’s off the field problems have not come at strip clubs, and there is not a reported history of alcohol abuse.  He was recently arrested for a domestic abuse charge against his mother.   As bad as that sounds, it seems like the Cowboys are going to an extreme that they do not need to go to.   

Vince Young and Terrell Owens cut

It’s really not that surprising that the Buffalo Bills cut quarterback Vince Young or that the Seattle Seahawks did the same to wide receiver Terrell Owens.  Young just isn’t a good quarterback, and Owens doesn’t really have it anymore.   

It was somewhat surprising that the Bills cut Young after making a trade with the Seahawks for Tarvais Jackson, who can’t play quarterback very well either.   

Young had been inconsistent as a passer in training camp, and after poor performances in preseason games, it was a pretty simple decision for the Bills.   Young may have a hard time finding a new team with the season just a couple weeks away, and if he is out of football, he might have a tough time getting back in.   

Chances are that he will end up somewhere, but with his track record, his phone might not be ringing anytime soon.   

As for Owens, his phone might not ever ring again.   

Terrelle Pryor lit it up for the Raiders  

Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Terrelle Pryor looked like what Young was supposed to be last week when the Raiders hosted the Detroit Lions.  A quarterback who can light up a defense through the air or on the ground.   

Pryor never lived up to the hype while playing college football at Ohio St, but last week he threw for 137 yards and two touchdowns, on only three completed passes.  He attempted five passes in the game, and he rushed five times for 90 yards and a touchdown.   

When Pryor took off and ran it looked like the defensive players were running in slow motion as he ran by them.  He is an athlete just like Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who was last year’s Offensive Rookie of the Year.   

If Carson Palmer gets hurt or struggles, Pryor will get his chance and he might not ever go back to the bench.  The Raiders look like they have a special player on their bench, with Palmer keeping him there for now.  

Reggie Bush vs. Maurice Jones Drew  

Running backs Reggie Bush and Maurice Jones-Drew have always been indirectly in competition.  While in college, Bush was a star at USC while Jones-Drew carried the load without much fan fair at UCLA.   

Bush grabbed all the press, but Jones-Drew was just as good as him back then.

It has been a different story in the NFL.  Jones-Drew has been one of the best running backs in the league for some time now.  He has made the Pro Bowl three times, been named to the All Pro teams three times, and last year he led the league in rushing.   

Bush on the other hand has been named to one Pro Bowl, and that’s about it.  Jones-Drew has rushed for 6,854 yards and 62 touchdowns.  He also has 2,473 receiving yards.  Bush has rushed for 3,176 yards and 23 touchdowns with 2,438 receiving yards.  

Jones-Drew has clearly been the greater player, but Bush says that he is ready to lead the league in rushing this year.  That is possible, now that Bush is being used as a featured back in Miami, and Jones-Drew is holding out for a better contract, which it looks like he will not be getting from the Jacksonville Jaguars, and their owner has said that he will not be trading the star running back.  So Jones-Drew can either sit out the entire season, or play under his current contract.     

Last year Bush ran for his first 1,000-yard season of his career, so he must be feeling himself right about now.  Leading the league is a goal, but he has not been the type of back to reach that goal. 


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