Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones went on Sirius XM NFL Radio on Friday to talk about how third-year quarterback Dak Prescott has progressed this offseason.
Last year, Stephen said, there was a lot of pressure on Prescott with two of the teams’ top targets — Dez Bryant and Jason Witten — in his ear constantly, which caused Prescott to struggle more than he did in his rookie campaign.
Here's the audio from the Cowboys Stephen Jones about @DezBryant from our training camp stop today...
"He's gotta trust the system, which at times last year, there was pressure.. with Dez in his ear and to some degree Jason in his ear. Those great players want the ball" pic.twitter.com/DmjugEtU2c
“[Dak Prescott] is working on his game. He’s working on his accuracy,” Stephen said on Sirius XM NFL radio. “I think he’s gotta trust the system, which I think at times last year there was pressure with Dez [Bryant] in his ear — to some degree with Jason [Witten] in his ear, those great players want balls.
“I think if he can get back to what we did the year before where we run the football consistently with [Ezekiel Elliott] and that great offensive line that we have, and let him really trust the system, work through his reads … then I think he’ll have the type of year that he had before if not better.”
However, an initial tweet from Sirius XM NFL Radio that didn’t include audio from the interview misquoted Stephen, making it seem as if he was calling out Bryant specifically for Prescott’s struggles.
Bryant, unsurprisingly after seeing the initial tweet, didn’t take too kindly to what he thought Stephen said — and told him so on Twitter.
“Here we go again with that scapegoat s—,” Bryant tweeted. “I charged everything to the game and went the other way. Y’all know what the real problem is. Don’t put it on me with that bulls—. Garbage a– play calling. Everybody lined up in the same spots for 17 weeks.”
Here we go with that scapegoat shit.. i charged everything to the game and went the other way.. y’all know what the real problem is .. don’t put it on me with that bullshit.. garbage ass play calling.. Everybody lined up in the same spot for 17 weeks.. 🛑 😂 https://t.co/YhG4cAPx6O
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warming up before action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on December 31, 2017. (Max Faulkner/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 8: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys catches a touchdown pass against E.J. Biggers #38 of the Philadelphia Eagles as teammate Terrance Williams #83 looks on in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on November 8, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant (L) stretches for the first down after making the reception as he is pulled down by Texas cornerback Deon Beasley in the first half of their NCAA Big 12 football game in Austin, Texas October 25, 2008. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 17: Head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jason Garrett, chats to Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys during the warm up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 17, 2017 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
OXNARD, CA - AUGUST 14: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #88 signs autographs for fans during Dallas Cowboys Training Camp at the Marriott Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge on August 14, 2010 in Oxnard, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 05: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his touchdown catch against the Houston Texans in the second half at AT&T Stadium on October 5, 2014 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
COLUMBIA, MO - OCTOBER 11: Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys stiff-arms Castine Bridges #21 of the Missouri Tigers on October 11, 2008 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant warms up before a game against the Oakland Raiders on December 17, 2017 at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 10: Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) on the field prior to the National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys on December 10, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. (Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys rookie Dez Bryant, right, walks with reporters to the locker room following the Cowboys training camp at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday, July 31, 2010. (Photo by Ron T. Ennis/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys makes a touchdown reception against Bashaud Breeland #26 of the Washington Redskins in the fourth quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys carries the ball and scores a touchdown against Darrelle Revis #24 of the New York Jets in the second quarter at AT&T Stadium on December 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ATHENS, GA - SEPTEMBER 1: Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys hauls in a practice pass before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs on September 1, 2007 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Bulldogs beat the Cowboys 35-14. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 1: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys misses a one handed catch in the fourth quarter of the game agains the Minnesota Vikings on December 1, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 27: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys scores on a five yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo #9 during the second quarter ofd the game at Ford Field on October 27, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right, signs an autograph for Cooper Wilson, 9, of Frisco, Texas, during Cowboys Mini Camp practice at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, June 12, 2010. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) cuts through the defense after receiving the ball as the Cowboys hold a practice session at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday June 2, 2010. (Photo by Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT via Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 30: Wide Receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State University Cowboys jumps up to catch the ball as Free Safety T.J. Ward #2 of the University of Oregon Ducks breaks up the pass during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 30, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is all smiles before playing the San Diego Chargers in their pre-season NFL football game in San Diego, California August 18, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Dallas Cowboys' wide receiver Dez Bryant (R) runs with the ball after the reception as St. Louis Rams' safety Craig Dahl (L) and cornerback Al Harris try to make the tackle in the first half of their NFL football game in Arlington, Texas October 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
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Bryant then started interacting with others who were replying to him, too. Pretty quickly after the initial tweet, he decided to take a shot at Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, linebacker Sean Lee and center Travis Frederick.
“[Stephen’s] not clueless,” Bryant wrote, quote-tweeting another user. “Jerry [Jones] was the only one who was clueless. S— was planned to get me out ask Travis [Frederick] and my brother Snake Lee, I mean Sean Lee.”
He’s not clueless.. Jerry was the only one who was clueless.. shit was a planned to get me out ask Travis and my brother snake Lee I mean Sean Lee https://t.co/7BK9cEkW90
The part where Bryant called Lee a snake surprised a lot of users, as the 32-year-old linebacker is generally thought to be one of the biggest leaders on the team.
Bryant explained that part shortly after, too.
“Yeah [Lee] suppose to been my brother,” Bryant tweeted. “We laughed, talked about goals and stuff, he sat right across from me in the locker room. Never thought we had a problem. I got cut. He was the first to know. I find out he was also behind it. Damn!”
Yea he suppose to been my brother .. we laughed talk about goals and stuff he sat right across from me in the locker room..never thought we had a problem.. I got cut.. he was the first to know.. I find out he was also behind it Damn!! https://t.co/KgNfu9f2uU
And while he didn’t explain why or how Lee was “behind” his release from the team, Bryant did repeatedly say he was just stating facts.
Bryant was released from the Cowboys in April after eight seasons.
Cleveland Browns reach out to Dez Bryant
According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, the Cleveland Browns have reached out to Bryant’s representatives on Friday about him signing a one-year deal with the team this season.
The talks, though, were preliminary and would need to progress significantly before any deal is officially made.
The length of that deal with the Browns is likely one of the most appealing parts to Bryant, who turned down a reported three-year deal with the Ravens earlier this offseason as he just wants a single year deal so he can be a free agent again next offseason.
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver caught just more than 52 percent of balls thrown his way for the Cowboys last season and scored six touchdowns.
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