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Tavon Austin is bringing leadership to the Cowboys receivers group

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In a position lacking experience, Tavon Austin is providing some.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys-Training Camp Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

At one point during Sunday’s padded practice out at training camp, Cowboys receiver Deonte Thompson got popped pretty good.

The hit knocked Thompson off of his feet (it would have taken down most). It wasn’t a highlight reel type of hit, but it was one of those pops that out in Oxnard are definitely noticed.

As Deonte began to gather himself there was another member of the Cowboys receivers group using every ounce of his speed (and every decibel of his volume) to get to him. Tavon Austin ran right up to Deonte and was shouting at him to get up.

It should be noted that this wasn’t happening in any sort of negative fashion. Tavon was encouraging Deonte, leading him. The all-everything “web back” for the Cowboys was a field general commanding one of his troops in the moment.

Many have wondered what the Cowboys receivers group will be with so many new faces. Cole Beasley and Terrance Williams are essentially the lone holdovers, and the latter doesn’t exactly feel like the face of the group.

Time flies, and Tavon Austin has already been in the NFL for five years. He was taken two rounds before the aforementioned Terrance Williams back in 2013, and he’s one of the more experienced members of the receivers. He’s a veteran at a position that is sorely lacking for them and he’s doing what he should be doing - leading.

It’s great to see that someone is stepping up at the receiver position. Many wondered if it would be Allen Hurns or Cole Beasley (for what it’s worth they may lead as well), but it seems like Tavon Austin is throwing his hat in the ring in moments that he finds necessary.

This is what the Cowboys receivers have needed for some time, and they’ve finally got it. This is a very good thing.