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Horse Tracks - 3/31/10 - Bryant's workout leaves Questions


Good Morning Broncos Country!  First, thanks to everyone for the all the suggestions about the shuttle launch.  I am excited to 'feel' it to be sure.  Also, if you are the person that called me, please send me an email at  Now, as for Dez Bryant's workout - which you can read all about in several links below - it seems there are more questions than answers.  His numbers were fine, and there isn't really a nagging problem that is a sure-fire reason to see him plummet down draft boards, but there is just something about him.  For instance, Bryant was forced to wear new cleats for his workout.  Why?  He forgot his shoes.  Now, anyone who plays sports knows what a good pair of cleats feels like.  It is kind of like a baseball glove.  New ones just don't feel the same.   Again, is the a huge deal?  I don't know - unless you are like me and you consider these workouts as a job interview.  Lack of focus and preparation is an indication of a player's work-ethic.   That's just me, but the more time goes by, the less and less I want Bryant on the Broncos.  Not with guys like Golden Tate out there - talented and focused.  On to the Tracks!

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