Cowboys coach Jason Garrett is telling his veteran players to treat rookies as equals.
Garrett has joined Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio in banning rookie hazing from training camp.
“It’s just something I believe in and we believe in as a staff,” Garrett said, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “The young guys are part of our football team. They certainly need to get themselves acclimated in a lot of different ways, and our veteran players are in charge of welcoming them to the NFL in a real positive way. . . . There’s not going to be anything that’s demeaning in any way that a rookie has to do. We just don’t believe in that.”
Last year, a controversy began in Dallas when rookie receiver Dez Bryant refused to carry the pads of veteran receiver Roy Williams. This year, Cowboys rookies aren’t carrying veterans’ pads at training camp.