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On Second Thought, Pats Rookies Should Count Their Blessings

Earlier this week, we told you about the Patriots veterans giving rookies bad haircuts as one of their preferred methods of rookie hazing during training camp.  After seeing that, we couldn’t understand what Dez Bryant was so upset about.  Bryant wasn’t asked to carry several sets of pads like Travis Ivey and Tim Tebow, and he got to keep all of his hair.  After seeing the images above, I’ve decided the last place I’d want to be in America over the past week is the Jacksonville Jaguars training camp.

The Jags veterans have taken to shaving shapes of male private parts in the heads of their rookies, among other ridiculous designs.  Here are some pictures of the Jaguars rookies’ shaved heads, courtesy of Busted Coverage via Uche Nwaneri’s Twitter:

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NFL D*** Haircut Rookie Hazing Photos: Jacksonville Jaguars Vet Uche Nwaneri Can Handle The Shears! [Busted Coverage]
Photo Credit: Uche Nwaneri on Twitter

Tim Tebow Carries the Shoulder Pads

Ever since there was much ado about Dez Bryant refusing to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads all rookies have been judged by the same standard: pad carrier or not? We already know that Dolphins rookie Travis Ivey is a card carrying member and now we know that Tim Tebow is also in the club. In a Denver Post article about whether or not Tebow will be active on gamedays via Ben Maller, a picture showed Tebow carrying two teammates’ gear off the practice field:

It’s amazing how something so routine as rookies carrying veterans’ shoulder pads has become a training camp storyline. Tebow obliged but that does not make him special. Rather, it just points out how different Dez was from mostly everyone else. People got on Dez for refusing but I still maintain that Roy Williams should have been carrying Dez’s pads.

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Tebow may force Broncos into making tough decisions on game day [Denver Post]
Broncos Tim Tebow deals with rookie hazing [Ben Maller]

Travis Ivey Will Carry Your Shoulder Pads, Thank You

Dez Bryant caused a stir because he did not carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads. Dolphins rookie Travis Ivey is the complete opposite of Dez, and he’s probably the only player to make headlines for actually carrying shoulder pads. Six sets of them — four around his neck and one in each hand:

Between Dez’s shoulder pad controversy and the Pats rookies getting jacked up hair cut, ’tis the season for NFL rookie hazing. I guess that’s what happens when you’re an undrafted free agent from Maryland and not a first-round pick. Expect plenty more of this to come.

Photo Credit: Wilfredo Lee/The Associated Press

Patriots Rookies Better Keep Their Heads on a Swivel

As you can probably tell by looking at the above photo, I’m not implying the New England Patriots rookies should keep their heads up so they don’t get flattened in training camp.  That would also be a smart idea, but in this case I’m advising them to stay on their toes so they don’t end up with a bad haircut.  These Patriots rookie shaved head pictures are an amusing example of the type of behavior that goes on across the NFL and has started quite the stir in Dallas.  I know Dez Bryant is already annoyed with the media coverage surrounding his refusal to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads, but if I were the Cowboys rookie I’d gladly do it if it meant keeping all my hair.

Of course, the Pats veterans are denying any type of hazing is going on in Foxboro.  Here’s what Matt Light had to say about the shaved heads, courtesy of Extra Points:

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Roy Williams Should Carry Dez Bryant’s Shoulder Pads

On Thursday we were praising Dez Bryant for becoming the first first-round pick to sign a deal and get into camp. On Saturday we were talking about how Dez Bryant made it a point to be the first one at Dallas Cowboys practice, showing up two hours early. On Sunday, the discussion had evolved back into how Dez Bryant has character issues because he refused to carry Roy Williams’ shoulder pads off the practice field.

Bryant’s point makes a lot of sense for why he does not want to carry Roy’s pads: “I feel like I was drafted to play football, not carry another player’s pads,” Bryant said. ”If I was a free agent, it would still be the same thing.”

I agree with Dez — he’s there to play football, not be bullied, bossed around, or hazed, even if it is a rookie tradition. Thing is, Roy Williams is genuinely upset over the whole deal:

“Everybody has to go through it. I had to go through it. No matter if you’re a No. 1 pick or the 7,000th pick, you’ve still got to do something when you’re a rookie. I carried pads. I paid for dinners. I paid for lunches. I did everything I was supposed to do, because I didn’t want to be that guy.”

Look Roy, I’m sure when it comes time to sing in front of the veterans and buy the old guys lunch and dinner that Dez will be there to participate. You need to understand that this is not as simple as a rookie not following tradition (as dumb as hazing is). This is not as simple as Dez being a headstrong, defiant person. This runs much deeper than all of that — this is about a rookie preparing to take your job. Maybe Dez should humor you by carrying your shoulder pads off the practice field next time — it’s the only dignity you’ll have left after he unseats you in the starting lineup.

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Dez refuses to carry Williams’ pads [Tim MacMahon/ESPN Dallas]