Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams took umbrage at suggestions he was the one behind rookie receiver Dez Bryant picking up the tab on a $55,000 at a Dallas steakhouse the other night.
The finger of blame pointed his way because Bryant refused to carry Williams’ shoulder pads in training camp – a tradition for all Cowboys’ rookies.
“I don't understand why my name is associated with this whole ordeal,” Williams said, per Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News. “I mean, it's the same offensive dinner that we've been doing, that every team does in the NFL. So I don't know why my name is the single name in this thing.
“I have nothing against Dez; Dez has nothing against me. Like I said in training camp, I don't want you guys to bang our heads together and try to make us hate each other. That's not going to work.
“He didn't take my pads. Whoop-de-doo. ... But he's still out there as a punt returner, catching balls and doing things he needs to do, and I'm doing things I need to do to make this team better. So don't associate me with being the bad guy with Dez and Dez being the bad guy with me, because that's not what it is.”
Williams has had a terrific start, playing much better than at any time since the 2008 trade from Detroit – which included a $45 million contract extension. He caught what would have been the winning pass in the regular season opener against Detroit, had it not been for a holding penalty on offensive lineman Alex Barron. And in Sunday’s win in Houston, he caught touchdown catches of 15 and 63 yards to help Dallas to its first win. He wound up with five catches for 117 yards.
“I want to be a part of this puzzle and show that I'm worthy of everything that I've gotten,” he said. “I'm still the same player. ... I just want to go out there and continue to do what I'm doing and lay low under the radar.”