Earlier in Dallas Cowboys training camp cornerback Orlando Scandrick was going back and forth with receiver Dez Bryant during post-practice stretching over who got the best of each other during drills.

A fan chimed in from behind the stands with “Give up Orlando. He dominated you.”

Instead of letting it go Scandrick switched his beef from Bryant to the fan.

“And you still going to be behind that fence watching me. And you still going to be behind that fence watching me” Scandrick repeated with a classic hate smile on his face.

This just in: Scandrick sees all hears all and reads all especially the negative and he uses it as fuel to stoke a fire that burns within.

“Of course I hear” Scandrick said. “You are going to hear it. You are aware of it. But it’s all motivation to me. It’s all motivation. I’m driven by negative motivation. It lights a fire under me.”

That fire is manifested by a feisty demeanor on the field and prickly personality off it. It has also rubbed some people in the Cowboys’ organization wrong.

So instead of being celebrated for being a five-year mainstay at nickel corner overcoming his small size and modest beginning as a fifth-round pick from Boise State Scandrick feels as if everything he does gets nitpicked and scrutinized.

“My demeanor is my demeanor” Scandrick said. “My edge is my chip on my shoulder always wanting to prove somebody wrong being a reserve being a little feisty. That’s my edge. That’s what makes me successful. It’s funny to me. I take a lot of criticism. But it’s not warranted. It’s motivation to me.”

Scandrick is not just motivated by the fans or his critics but also by the moves of the Cowboys’ front office.

He called it “huge motivation” a year ago when the team signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a $50.2 million free-agent contract and drafted cornerback Morris Claiborne sixth overall.

Scandrick felt it was a slap in the face when the Cowboys drafted B.W. Webb in the fourth round this year causing many to believe that Webb would soon be taking Scandrick’s job.

Scandrick however has had the best training camp of his career.

“It’s outlandish and funny to think that someone was going to come in here and just off the street and put me out of job and I was going to take it and lay down” Scandrick said. “I think it has been good. I have thrived. And I’m playing as well as I’ve played in my career and I still consider myself an ascending player. I’m still getting better. It’s not like I have topped off.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett agreed.