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Source: Pats work out Dez Bryant at Gillette

04.08.10 at 7:30 pm ET
By has confirmed via a league source a report that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant had a workout with the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Thursday.

Bryant is a 6-foot-2, 225-pound receiver who had 87 receptions for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2008, but sat out most of 2009 after the NCAA ruled him ineligible because he reportedly lied to investigators about his affiliation with Deion Sanders.

‘€œIt was a bad mistake,’€ Bryant acknowledged at the combine in February. ‘€œBut I’€™m a great person. I enjoy the opportunity to make people smile. I’€™m good at making people smile. People that know me, they know it was a mistake. They know I’€™m a fun type of person and I love to have fun.’€

Since then, Bryant has found himself under increased scrutiny on several issues, including what some considered a lackluster Pro Day, where he reportedly forget to bring his cleats he planned for wear for the workout and ran a 4.52 and 4.68 40-yard dash.

‘€œThe 40 is going to bother some teams. When you’€™re talking about an elite receiver and a potential top-10 pick, a 4.55 doesn’€™t always add up,’€ NFL Network draft guru Mike Mayock told reporters who have asked about Bryant. ‘€œYou say Larry Fitzgerald ran 4.50 and 4.52 at 223 pounds, but Larry Fitzgerald was 100 percent clean off the field; Dez has some issues to deal with there.’€

Bryant recently compared himself to Patriots’€™ wide receiver Randy Moss, saying that teams that decide to pass on him ‘€” as several did with Moss in 1998 ‘€” would regret the decision.

‘€œAny teams who don’€™t draft me who think I have background problems or any of that, you’€™re not going to draft me because of stuff that happened in my childhood? What about now? What’€™s been going on with Dez now? Nothing bad’€™s been going on with Dez. Nothing at all,’€ Bryant told reporters.

‘€œWhoever passes up on me, it’€™s over with. I feel like I’€™m going through the same situation Randy Moss did,’€ he added. ‘€œThat man had issues and teams were passing up on him, and when he got on that field, he killed them. He murdered them. Look at him today: One of the best players in the NFL.’€

Bryant was recently profiled as part of’s “Potential Patriots” series ‘€” check that out here.

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