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As Camp Develops So Does Personalities

As the fourth day of training camp kicks off in San Antonio’s Alamo Dome, the Cowboys have made their fair share of headlines with some interesting position battles and some interesting ego battles. The story getting the most buzz right now is the “rift” developing between WR’s Roy Williams and Dez Bryant.

When the Cowboys drafted Dez Bryant, many experts pointed to his “character” as a possible flaw. Bryant’s incident with the NCAA when he was in college saw him miss the remainder of his season in 2009 after playing in only one game. Bryant fell down the draft boards to pos. 24 where the Cowboys ecstatically picked him up. There is no doubt that Bryant has the talent. He has shown flashes in mini-camps and now during training camp. Now the media is doing its best to fabricate a “rift” between Bryant and Williams.

The incident started early in training camp when Dez Bryant refused to follow NFL rookie tradition by not carrying Roy Williams shoulder pads after practice on Sunday. Bryant defended himself by saying, “I’m not doing it, no…I feel like I was drafted to play football not carry another player’s pads,” he said after practice on Sunday. Right away the media went to Roy Williams trying to get him to call the rookie out. Williams refused and said, “…if he doesn’t want to do it, he doesn’t have to do it…it’s not a big deal, let him do what he wants. It is not football related, so, whatever.” Williams did go on to say imply that Bryant will be paying for the all the receiver’s dinner in the near future. “That’s just part of being a rookie in this league,” Williams said to justify the expectation.

This morning Bryant offered his final piece on the story and doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. “I’ve been doing the right thing and I’m going to continue doing the right thing,” Bryant said. “Everybody on the team likes me and I like everybody on the team, and y’all are trying to put me and Roy against each other. That’s not going to happen. We’re trying to do something real special here, and we’re going to continue to keep trying to do that.”

While the media continues to make this a story, the Cowboys, Williams, and Bryant don’t seem to be letting it distract from practice and their focus to prepare for the season.

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