Dez Bryant attributes his breakout second-half last season to being comfortable on and off the field.

Bryant totaled 10 touchdowns and 879 receiving yards during the final eight games of the season. That included two games of 145 yards receiving and another at 224 yards.

The 24-year-old Dallas Cowboys wide receiver said he started becoming comfortable midway through last season and it carried over into the off-season.

“I felt like when all that stuff was over with the incident with my mom I felt like everything was on the right path” Bryant said after Tuesday’s practice. “If you don’t have nothing to worry about or focus on you’re going to do good if you got your mind set on something.”

Clearly Bryant has his mind set on being one of the NFL’s best wide receivers. He never seems to get tired on the field and his highlight grabs against some very good defensive backs have been a regular occurrence during the first three days of training camp.

But he also appears to desire taking on a leadership role entering his fourth season with the Cowboys.

“I think there’s no backwards for me” said Bryant who spoke with media members for roughly 13 minutes. “I feel like I got that role here to lead by example doing all the right things and me being in that role to make sure these guys are doing the right thing not only on the field but off the field. I take that to heart.