When he was drafted, the consensus opinion was that Dez Bryant was an exceptional athletic talent and a good guy, but had maturity issues.
Those issues have surfaced in his year and a half as a member of the Cowboys. Bryant had been involved in a dispute with police at a Dallas mall following a "sagging" reprimand, and has been at the center of multiple lawsuits charging that he failed to pay for expensive jewelry he purchased.
But things have been quiet off the field for Bryant in recent months, and he promises those types of problems will not be an issue for him in the future.
Bryant says he was put in a difficult position because of some personal relationships.
"I don't think it was the choices," Bryant said. "I think it was my surroundings. I feel like I fixed that, and I'm headed on the straight and narrow path. I don't need to get into details. Everything is done, I like how it's going and my life is on straight."
Bryant believes that because he has less to worry about off the field, it will help his game on it. He's been maturing as a player as well.
"I've been here long enough to know the ins ancd outs," Bryant said. "I know I'm still learning and from what I know now, hey, I'm doing a good job and I'm going to continue to keep doing what I need to do ... Everything is in place right now. Now it's just how I handle it. I feel like I'm doing a good job at it and I'm going to keep on doing a good job at it."