Dez Bryant Refuses to Carry Vets' Shoulder Pads

Dallas Cowboys first-round wide receiver Dez Bryant has been the talk of the first two days of training camp, which now includes his refusal to carry the veterans' shoulder pads, Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com reports.

"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]."

Veteran wide receiver Roy Williams, who MacMahon says was booed after a dropped pass on Sunday, feels that Bryant is shirking his duties as a rookie.

"Everybody has to go through it," Williams said. "I had to go through it. No matter if you're a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you've still got to do something when you're a rookie.

"I carried pads. I paid for dinners. I paid for lunches. I did everything I was supposed to do, because I didn't want to be that guy."

Bryant, who has been active NFL player for 72 hours, disagrees.

"I don't believe in that at all," Bryant said. "We have a goal here. It's not about playing games. It's all about just trying to do the right thing and achieve our goal."

Sadly, Williams is right, but lacks the juice in this tussle. It's only a matter of time before Bryant replaces Williams in the starting lineup, and from the way Bryant is responding to what is an innocuous rite of passage during his first training camp, he appears to be aware of Williams' tenuous grasp of a roster spot.

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