Dez Bryant said he isn’t sure if he’ll be emotional when he plays against the Cowboys later this month.
The newest member of the New Orleans Saints spoke to reporters in the locker room for roughly five minutes after his first practice with the club on Thursday.
“I am going to be excited,” Bryant said of the game at Dallas on Nov. 29. “Get to see all the Cowboys fans. I still love those guys. I love my ex-teammates. They’re my family. But I’m here on a new chapter. It’s going to be fun, though. But I’m the opponent now.”
The three-time Pro Bowl receiver hasn’t played in an NFL game since Dallas’ Week 17 win in Philadelphia last season. After being released by the Cowboys in April, Bryant had interest from other teams, but he was selective in the process.
He felt the Saints were the right fit for several reasons, starting with quarterback Drew Brees, an 11-time Pro Bowler. Bryant also specifically mentioned the team’s other outstanding offensive weapons, wide receiver Michael Thomas, tight end Benjamin Watson and running backs Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.
“It’s crazy that I’m here with the Saints, just because I had them predicted to win the Super Bowl last year,” Bryant said. “But I’m going to keep my thoughts to myself right now just because I’m here and I don’t want to jinx anything.”
The 7-1 Saints are arguably the NFL’s best team, led by an offense that currently ranks second in the league in scoring.
Bryant, the Cowboys’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions, said he doesn’t feel like he has anything to prove with the way things ended in Dallas.
“Not at all,” he said. “That chapter is closed. That’s something that I had to accept. I accepted that, moved on. I’m here with the New Orleans Saints. I’m a Saint now. I’m excited about that. I’m looking forward to moving on with these guys.”
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