Dez Bryant loved it.
Bryant is known for how much emotion he shows on the field and had no issues with safety J.J. Wilcox laying a nice hit on him during Sunday’s practice. At least after he calmed down.
Bryant got into Wilcox’s face after the big hit and a fight broke out. Wilcox didn’t back down and threw a few wild haymakers at Bryant. His first clearly landed on Bryant’s face mask, but it didn’t get too out of hand after that.
Bryant and Wilcox didn’t make too much of the incident afterwards, saying it simply was in the heat of the moment of a competitive practice.
“J.J. put a nice hit on me,” Bryant said. “He pissed me off, but at the end of the day, I loved it. I told him, ‘Keep it coming.’ Hopefully the rest of the guys on that defense – not only the defense, but the offense and the whole team – feed off of that. That’s what it takes to win. That’s what we need to win. You’ve got to have that passion and that love for the game.”
Said Wilcox: “Dez is a great player. He’s a fiery player. With that being said, I’m trying to catch up and get our defense up to their level. Sometimes you have to bite the bullet and take the bullet. I took the bullet today. It was a great play and he congratulated me. We’re still brothers. We’re going to fight to get this thing turned around.”
Wilcox went on to admit it was a little bit of a “cheap shot,” although Bryant didn’t label it that.
Either way, it was the first notable scuffle the team has had since cornerback Morris Claiborne and wide receiver Terrance Williams got into it during the first padded practice.
Coach Jason Garrett doesn’t mind seeing those types of things occur during practice, but said the team doesn’t encourage it. Especially when it involves one of their biggest weapons on offense.
“You’re not out here making friends, we’re trying to build a football team,” Garrett said. “One of the ways we believe that happens is creating competitive situations where these guys fight hard against each other, and I think we saw some of that today and it’s really been evident throughout training camp.
“We’re not encouraging these guys taking these huge hits in practiced. That’s not what we want to do. Having said that, when you get into some competitive situations, sometimes those guys are right up against the edge and that’s not a bad thing for your team either.”