Defending Dez Bryant !?

Pete WilliamsCorrespondent IJuly 27, 2010

AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 25:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys reacts after 24-28 loss against the Texas Longhorns at Texas Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Like most people - I think - my first reaction to Dez Bryant refusing to carry Roy Williams pads was that all the reports on his immaturity and diva like manners were right.

But then I slept on it ...

What we have in the making with Dez Bryant could very well be a mixture of T.O. and Brandon Marshall. Dez Bryant is a young player who knows what he is worth. In the short time he has been in Dallas he has probably all ready seen that by the end of this season he could be the best reciever in this squad.

Dez Bryant knows that Roy Williams is the guy he has to beat (and so does Roy) - and so there is allready a mind game going on between these two players. The team just isn't big enough for both of them and they both know it.

Here comes Roy asking Dez to do a simple rookie tradition thing. Now these two guys probably allready hate each other, and can you really blame Dez for not wanting to play humble guy to his fiercest competitor !? Because lets face it - they both know that Dez Bryant could spell the end of Roy Williams in Dallas.

Now had it been Romo asking Dez Bryant to carry his pads, I think Dez would have paid his dues  ....

So I just think there is more to it than Dez Bryant playing diva and showing his immaturity. This is a mental battle between Dez and Roy and they will do anything to get the upper hand on each other.

Actually I wouldn't be surprized if Deon Sanders had a little chat with Dez Bryant on how to get the upper hand in these training camp battles.