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Morris Claiborne cites Dez Bryant as a Cowboys leader

The Dallas Cowboys are wildly popular, but they haven't been particularly good lately. That forces us members of the media to stretch to find reasons why. One popular theme in Dallas: Does the team have enough leaders?

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First-round draft pick Morris Claiborne was asked that question Monday by NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes for a segment that will air Wednesday on "NFL Total Access." Claiborne threw out a surprising name.

"We have a lot of leaders on our team right now," he said. "DeMarcus Ware, (Tony) Romo, you even hit Dez (Bryant) up being a leader. All those guys are leaders and all those guys are trying to help us win a championship."

We've read a lot of puff pieces about Bryant this offseason, but this is a little different. Perhaps it's a sign that he's truly stepping up in practice. (Or perhaps it's meaningless offseason playerspeak. Hello, late June!)

Claiborne also indicated that he remains on track to be ready for training camp following wrist surgery.

Be sure to check out the full interview with Claiborne on "NFL Total Access" this Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

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