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First it was Derek Ross, now Bryant? Hmmmmm . . . .

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/football/cowboys/stories/060904dnspoparcells.2427a8715.html

Cowboys' Bryant, Parcells argue in practice

11:40 PM CDT on Tuesday, June 8, 2004

By JEAN-JACQUES TAYLOR / The Dallas Morning News

IRVING – Receiver Antonio Bryant’s future with the Cowboys could be in jeopardy after he was involved in a brief altercation with coach Bill Parcells during Tuesday’s practice, according to several witnesses.

Although the Cowboys concluded their three-day veteran mini-camp on Monday, they are participating in on-field activities the rest of the week, which that are not open to the media.

The witnesses said the incident occurred early in practice during team drills.

It began with after Bryant being became upset with the number of repetitions he was getting during a drill. He began openly complaining, and Parcells told him to stop.

After an exchange of words, Bryant took off his pads, slammed them to the ground and began to leave the practice field. Parcells followed and they exchanged more words.

Several players separated the two men – Bryant had to be restrained by teammates – before the incident escalated further.

The rest of practice continued without incident.

The Cowboys could choose to release Bryant, fine him for conduct detrimental to the team or keep him on the roster do nothing. If Bryant were released, he would count about $300,000 against the club’s 2004 salary cap. He is scheduled to earn $455,000 this season.

In December, the Cowboys released nickel cornerback Derek Ross, their nickel cornerback, after several off-the-field incidents.

Bryant and Ross are close friends.

Club spokesman Rich Dalrymple said coach Bill Parcells was unavailable for comment. Bryant and owner Jerry Jones could not be reached for comment.

Bryant, entering his third season, has often complained about his role in Dallas. Still, he was expected to be a key member of the Cowboys’ receiving corps.

Although Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn are expected to start, Bryant is the only other proven receiver on the roster. Randal Williams, the Cowboys’ fourth receiver, did not catch a regular-season pass last season.

Bryant performed well in the three-day mini-camp, and the Cowboys are counting on him to have a big season after struggling he struggled in 2003.

He caught 39 passes for 550 yards with two touchdowns, while struggling with drops. Twice In two games, he failed to catch a pass.

In 2002, Bryant caught 44 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns, including a 24-yard game-winner with 56 seconds left against Carolina.

But he’s also struggled to contain his emotions throughout his career.

Bryant, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s best college receiver as a sophomore, left Pittsburgh after his junior year as the school’s all-time leading receiver.

Most draft experts considered him a first-round talent, but he dropped to the second round because of questions surrounding about his attitude.

He openly complained about his role as a rookie and threw several sideline tantrums. He reduced the complaints and tantrums last season, but they still existed.

Dallasnews.com staff writer Matt Mosley contributed to this report.

E-mail jjtaylor@dallasnews.com

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That was clearly written quickly by the reporter (see the multiple repetitions of phrases), but it's a potentially huge story. If Bryant is out in Dallas, they could go from one of the best three WR sets in the NFC last year (Galloway, Glenn, Bryant) to the worst in the division (Keyshawn, Glenn, Williams). I wonder how many combined TDs those three had last year?

Bryant is a speedy young talent who would be a great #3 option for some team. I think he's the second coming of Az Hakim. Imagine him on some WR-needy roster, and you start to get the picture.

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Bryant certainly has a lot of talent and if he could keep his attitude in check he has the potential to be an excellent #2 receiver IMO. Somebody like the Falcons or Giants could use a guy like him, especially if Coughlin could stomp out his attitude. Though if Parcells can't do it, can anybody else?

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Bryant = second coming of Az Hakim? I don't think that's accurate at all. Hakim is a smaller, quick, YAC type WR. Bryant is a bigger, more physical WR with some quicks. You won't see Bryant returning punts like Az Hakim. Hakim is 5'10, Bryant is like 6'2. I don't see the comparison. Maybe I haven't seen enough of Bryant?

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I think Bryant has the skill to be a legitimate #1. I've said it in the past.

The kid just has a 2 cent brain. And if Parcells can't reign the kid in.... he just cut his career in half. No head coach is going to put up with the headaches any more.

I think he'll eventually "get it"... but he will have wasted too many prime years. And he'll look back at it with regret.

Too bad. The kid has talent.

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Originally posted by JonBlaze

Bryant = second coming of Az Hakim? I don't think that's accurate at all. Hakim is a smaller, quick, YAC type WR. Bryant is a bigger, more physical WR with some quicks. You won't see Bryant returning punts like Az Hakim. Hakim is 5'10, Bryant is like 6'2. I don't see the comparison. Maybe I haven't seen enough of Bryant?

You're correct. Bryant isn't slow but he isn't a burner either.

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Originally posted by NoCalMike

Bryant for Rod Gardner?

The day Antonio Bryant puts on the Burgandy and Gold is the day I officially revoke my redskin fan status pending his termination. Well, maybe I wouldn't do that, but I hate that guy more than any other single player in the league. He makes Terrell Owens look like the strong silent type. All I remember about him was when we were finally beating the Cowboys for the first time in like forever. We were up 17-0 or something like that, and he caught a long tochdown pass late in the game on a play where the corner covering him tripped and fell. He then proceded to celebrate like he had just caught the gamewinning pass in the superbowl, taunting our players, running up and down the sidelines taunting the fans, and eventually had to be restrained by his own players. It should have been a penalty, but there was none called for some unknown reason.

That guy would never fit in on a Gibbs coached team, or any team if you ask me. He has talent, but it is far outweighed by his two year old's brain. I remember the anouncers saying after that play vs. the Skins that they doubted he would be back with the Cowboys next year due to his exceedingly foul attitude. He should be dumped and no one should pick him up at all if you ask me. Make him go play Canadian League. Anyone with that type of ego does not need to have it reinforced.

Oh, and besides, Gardner is the better talent to begin with so why would you want to give him to the Cowboys? Especially in return for the very definition of team cancer?

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Originally posted by feeshta

The day Antonio Bryant puts on the Burgandy and Gold is the day I officially revoke my redskin fan status pending his termination. Well, maybe I wouldn't do that, but I hate that guy more than any other single player in the league. He makes Terrell Owens look like the strong silent type. All I remember about him was when we were finally beating the Cowboys for the first time in like forever. We were up 17-0 or something like that, and he caught a long tochdown pass late in the game on a play where the corner covering him tripped and fell. He then proceded to celebrate like he had just caught the gamewinning pass in the superbowl, taunting our players, running up and down the sidelines taunting the fans, and eventually had to be restrained by his own players. It should have been a penalty, but there was none called for some unknown reason.

That guy would never fit in on a Gibbs coached team, or any team if you ask me. He has talent, but it is far outweighed by his two year old's brain. I remember the anouncers saying after that play vs. the Skins that they doubted he would be back with the Cowboys next year due to his exceedingly foul attitude. He should be dumped and no one should pick him up at all if you ask me. Make him go play Canadian League. Anyone with that type of ego does not need to have it reinforced.

Great post feeshta. Couldn't agree with you more.

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Originally posted by Ernie5

The Cowboys aren't letting a receiver of Bryant's quality go (who makes a mere $400,000) over a tantrum. If they do, they're have worse judgment than Abe Pollin. There have to be MUCH more to it.

Ernie5, He did more than just throw a tantrum. He got in the face of Bill Parcells, and had to be seperated by his teamates. If he isn't cut, he will have a permanent spot on Parcell's sh#t list!

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Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Associated Press

IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Antonio Bryant reportedly had an altercation with coach Bill Parcells during practice Tuesday and was ejected by club security.

Witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity told the The Dallas Morning News and Fort Worth Star-Telegram for Wednesday's editions that the confrontation began when Bryant complained about his role as the team's third receiver and the number of repetitions he was getting during a drill.

Bryant got into separate arguments with receivers coach Todd Haley and Keyshawn Johnson. When Parcells told Bryant to stop, the third-year player took off his pads and jersey, slammed them to the ground and began to leave the practice field.

Sources told the Star-Telegram that Parcells picked up the jersey and threw it back at Bryant, who then threw it in the face of the approaching coach.

Bryant was then escorted out of practice by security personnel

Bryant's agent, Lamont Smith, said he was aware of the incident and "it's being worked out internally with the team."

But the confrontation has clouded the player's future with the team, one day after the conclusion of the team's three-day minicamp and was part of a series of on-field activities Parcells is conducting until the end of the week.

The Cowboys were scheduled to report to training camp July 30 in Oxnard, Calif.

Although Bryant has often complained about his role in Dallas and had other practice-field and sideline blowups, he was expected to be a key member of the Cowboys' receiving corps.

Taken in the second round of the 2002 draft, Bryant earned all-rookie honors in 2002 after catching 44 passes for 733 yards and six touchdowns. Bryant caught 39 passes for 550 yards and two touchdowns last year as the third receiver behind Joey Galloway and Terry Glenn.

This year, Bryant was set to be the third receiver behind Glenn and Johnson, who was acquired from Tampa Bay in a trade for Galloway.

:cheers: to the chemistry brewing in Little D! Keep it up fellas!

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