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July 31, 2012

Teddy Williams knocks Dez Bryant off route, annoying him, and doing his job

Teddy Williams lined up on Dez Bryant in the slot.

Undrafted free agent receiver-turned-cornerback against one of the NFL’s best athletes.

Sounds like a mismatch.

But Williams put his hands into Bryant’s chest, knocked him off his route, and made him stop. Bryant yelled something at Williams, went back to the huddle, pointed at him, and said something to quarterback Tony Romo.

Whatever was said, Williams – trying to find a spot on the Cowboys after spending all of last year on the practice squad as a receiver – had done his job in Tuesday's afternoon practice at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard.

“My agent told me when camp started, do one thing every day that’s going to make the coaches say, ‘Wow,’ ” he said.

Making Dez Bryant mad count?

Williams laughed.

“Dez is my boy. We’re from East Texas. We go at it,” he said. “We have a love-hate relationship, but at the end of the day, we love each other so much. We’re East Texas boys. We’re the only ones on the team that are East Texas boys. We compete, though. Whoever you line up in front of, you have to compete, and I’m a competitor from the heart, so whatever I have to do, I’ll do.”

Williams is from Tyler. He went to UTSA as a sprinter and signed with the Cowboys in 2010.

Bryant is from Lufkin. He went to Oklahoma State and was a first-round pick of the Cowboys in 2010.

“Dez is a big physical receiver,” Williams said. “He has reall good size, and he’s going to body you and not back down, so you just have to know how to play him.”

-- Carlos Mendez

Twitter @calexmendez


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Good, Dez needs to be knocked around a bit. Put him in his place.

Sounds good!

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