Now that the Cowboys have played two preseason games, we've got actual football to talk about and, yet, Shoulder Padgate will not die.
Dez Bryant took time out of rehabbing his sprained ankle to buy a pair of Jordans for each of the other members of the Cowboys receiving corps, a gift that surely came as a way to lessen some of the anger created by his refusal to carry his teammates' shoulder pads earlier in training camp. Getting a pair of free kicks in exchange for carrying your own pads seems like a pretty sweet deal, but some men are just never satisfied.
"Not done," Patrick Crayton said. "He's trying. It's a good start."
Not done? What else does the guy need to do? You get the feeling that the veteran Cowboys receivers would find a way to complain about Bryant even if he paid for their kids to go to college. "Yeah, it's nice and all but it is a state school and he won't spring for the seven day meal plan. It's a good start, though."
Bryant should have carried the damn pads. He should have done it because it is the way of the world he wants to live in and because it would have spared us all from the extended analysis of his decision not to carry them. He didn't and caught more hell for it than he deserved. Buying everyone a new pair of sneakers is a pretty good way of saying you're sorry and it more than covers any penalty owed for the initial crime.
Crayton's reaction, however, makes it clear that for some of the Cowboys the crime was never about failing to carry Roy Williams's shoulder pads. The crime was being a talented young receiver who was going to come into Cowboys camp and start sending some veterans on a quick trip down the depth chart. Crayton is one of those veterans, a veteran you'd like to see redoubling his efforts on the field instead of worrying about how nice a gift he gets from a rookie just trying to make a silly situation go away once and for all.
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