With Austin Gone, Dez Rallies Receiving Corps

Dez Bryant called sophomore receiver Terrance Williams shortly after Miles Austin was cut last week

Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant took to his phone to rally the team’s receiving corps after Miles Austin, the unit’s elder statesman and No. 2 last year, was released last week after eight seasons. According to Terrance Williams, who will step into Austin’s old No. 2 role next season, Bryant called him to deliver a message shortly after the move was made.

“It was just more so, ‘We got to step up now even more with Miles gone, and we have to just play our brand of football and basically not worry about what people say about the stuff we’re doing,’” Williams said, per the Dallas Morning News.

Williams, who caught 44 passes for 736 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie, actually sees many of the leadership qualities possessed by Austin in Bryant.  

“The reason why I pay attention to them when they talk, I feel like when Miles and Dez speak, they don’t speak much, but times when they do talk, is something they really, really have to say,” Williams said. “They just don’t talk just to talk. Normally, when people do that, I tend not to pay attention because it’s, ‘here you go talking again.’ But with those two guys, when they finally get the courage to speak, that’s when people really start paying attention.”

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