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Cowboys Training Camp: Jason Garrett Stands Behind Dez Bryant

After Dez Bryant recently reportedly struck his mother and his subsequent arrest, his reputation and standing with the Dallas Cowboys have likely taken a hit. However, his head coach is still standing behind him publicly with comments and it's clear the Cowboys are staying the course in hoping to make a solid citizen out of their prized wideout.

"He has made a lot of progress since he has been here with the Cowboys both as a person and as a player," said Garrett. "He has long way to go just like we all do. We are going to try to help him do that. What he needs to know is we support him. We support his mom. We support his family in the situation he is in. We are going to try to help him in any way we can."

The Cowboys head coach is hoping that in-house options for helping players will help Bryant turn a personal corner as he moves forward both on the field and off of it.

"We believe we have as good of a players assistance program in all of professional sports," Garrett said. "We believe it's really, really important to help our players in every way that we can. We're well-staffed in that area. We believe in counseling for people who need it. we try to do that for all of our players. Dez will be a part of that and we just want to help him. We have great resources. We embrace the opportunity to help him. We've done that in the past with other players. With Dez, we'll continue to do that."

Bryant had 63 catches for 928 yards and 9 touchdowns last season.

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