Michael Irvin predicts Dez Bryant is on the verge of a historic season. (Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin said Wednesday a current Cowboys wideout will make history in the upcoming season. The former star of the '90s Cowboys predicted Dez Bryant would become the first wide receiver to win the NFL Most Valuable Player award.
"I'm telling you, man you gotta see this dude now, this dude understands football," Irvin said with his usual flair. "I gotta say it, I never thought he had the capability of understanding the game the way he understands it."
“Watching Dez Bryant now and the way he’s understanding the game, that’s why I’m expecting to hear these words at the conclusion of the season: MVP 2013 of the league will be Dez Bryant,” Irvin said. “Trust me.”
Bryant has been drawing raves since things finally appeared to click for the third-year player in the middle of last season. He finished with 92 receptions for 1,382 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has continued to show signs of playing up to his potential with 13 catches for 183 yards and a touchdown in just 10 preseason series.
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Irvin sees Bryant's maturity and experience understanding the Cowboys' offense as key reasons for his numbers to improve to MVP consideration.
The last 12 NFL Most Valuable Players awarded by the Associated Press have included 10 quarterbacks -- Peyton Manning and Steve McNair were co-winners in 2003 -- and three running backs.