Should we worry about Dez Bryant not carrying pads?

The Dallas Cowboys have opened training camp and from the sounds of it Dez Bryant is off to a fantastic start on the field. His start with teammate Roy Williams is another story. Apparently Bryant has refused to take part in the rookie ritual of carrying pads for veteran Wide Receiver Roy Williams.

“I’m not doing it,” Bryant said. “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads.”

“If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing. I just feel like I’m here to play football. I’m here to try to help win a championship, not carry someone’s pads. I’m saying that out of no disrespect to [anyone].”

Now, I understand Bryant’s point. I also understand the tradition. Something did occur to me reading this though. Should we be worried about Dez Bryant not carrying the pads? Should there be concern that Dez Bryant will get defensive when he feels disrespected?

Thinking back to the turmoil after interviews leading up to the NFL Draft, Jeff Ireland reportedly asked Bryant if his mother was a prostitute. This became front page news as Bryant was offended, as well he should have been. Bryant appeared very angry in response to a question that some would have found personal, but may have responded “NO” and went on their way.

What we don’t know is the tone of Bryant concerning the rookie hazing. If he truly felt it was disrespectful we could watch Bryant appearing in the headlines often. On the other hand, we don’t know what the tone was of the Vet WR that could possibly lose his starting job to Bryant when requesting his pads be carried.

Respect is a very big motivator for some, ask them on any Prison Yard. The feeling of disrespect can be as well. If we some Andre Rison/Deion Sanders type slapfest [VIDEO]with a smack talking CB it may be a clue that we were on to something thinking Bryant may be a bit sensitive.

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Lee created Football Jabber in 2007 as a sounding board for a love of the NFL, Fantasy Football, the NFL Draft, and College Football. He may or may not be responsible for the fall of the breakfast drink Tang. Lee tagged this post with: , , , Read 134 articles by Lee
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