Dez Bryant has so far this season proved that he deserves to be considered amongst the top receivers in the NFL.
Registering a touchdown in ever Dallas Cowboys game save Week One, Bryant has been integral in helping 'America's Team' start the 2014 with an impressive 4-1 record. Now though he faces up to his toughest challenge of the campaign to date - a trip to CenturyLink Field to face the Seattle Seahawks and the 'Legion of Boom.'
In doing so he will of course come face to face with one of the best corners in the league in Richard Sherman. And with the Madden cover star in fighting mood this week following an ill-tempered confrontation with Washington Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon on Monday Night Football it is safe to say Bryant is well aware of the challenge he faces.
Rather than the hair-pulling tactics of Garcon though, Dez Bryant opted for flattery when quizzed on his upcoming opponent.
"He's big, he can run, he got length, you've got to play big," explained Bryant ahead of the Week Six contest.
"Like I said, you can't just think you're going to go in there and do this. You have to be well-prepared."
Just because the Cowboys star knowns what a tough task lies ahead of him in Seattle Sunday doesn't mean that he or the franchise are backing down however. Owner Jerry Jones told a radio station today that they aren't going to be running from Sherman.
"With all of the respect we have for him, we're going to have to give him some business over there or we will hurt the balance of what we can do relative to certainly the passing game," Jones told 105.3 FM The Fan.
"We can't run from him. That's easy to say and hard to do. We got to challenge him and make him at least cover us one-on-one, and Dez of course is the guy who can do it.
"So I don't see us compromising the rest of our offense by running from Sherman like that."
Fighting fire with fire
As mentioned above it is not like Dez Bryant is a rookie WR being thrown in at the deep end. The 25-year-old is Pro Bowler himself with over 40 TDs to his name in the NFL - a fact that will not have passed the Seahawks by as they prepare for the huge match up.
And Jerry Jones believes his star receiver brings a reputation of his own to the game, reminiscent of one of the best ever to wear the lone star.
""I know Deion [Sanders] was such a force for us, that people would run from him and it played right into our hands," Jones said in referring to the Hall of Famer cornerback who played for the Cowboys. "We had 10 people on nine players a lot of time because of Deion Sanders."
it's not just Dez Bryant and Jerry Jones who are handing out compliments this week either, with the usual controversial and outspoke Sherman finding some positive words to say about his upcoming opponent.
“Dez is an incredible talent,” The News Tribune reports the corner as saying.
“Obviously his resume speaks for itself, but he does a great job getting open, playing the ball in the air. He made a fantastic play for them last week which is indicative of what he can do when the ball is in the air.”