Dez: “I Still Look Up to Miles Austin”

Miles Austin was released by the Cowboys this offseason

For the first time in his career, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant is preparing for a season without veteran Miles Austin in the locker room. In his absence, Bryant has taken on the role of leader among the receiving corps--a role that he was prepared for by playing with Austin for the past four seasons.

“It was hard for me hearing that Miles got cut because I looked up to Miles and I still look up to Miles,” Bryant said, via the team’s website. “He’s always done the right thing. I took all of Miles’s positive traits and added them to me and what I try to do is, what I learned from him, try to deliver it to the younger guys and keep improving on myself.”

Bryant was quick to answer the bell as a veteran leader upon learning of Austin’s release. He texted second-year receiver Terrance Williams, who will be the No. 2 receiver behind Bryant in 2014, shortly after the move was announced.

“I just had to let Terrance know where we’re at,” Bryant said. “We’re the leaders of this [position] group and we have to make sure our group is strong and set an example for the rest of the groups.”

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