Tim Brown: Dez Bryant 'scares me'

Tim Brown, the former Oakland Raiders wide receiver and Dallas native, was a guest on Fitzsimmons & Durrett on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM on Thursday. Among the topics discussed: Cowboys receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin.

Here's a bit of what he had to say.

On Dez Bryant and how he plays the position:

“This guy scares me so much. I’m just talking about the way he plays the position. It's like a kamikaze. He is so physical and so out of control at times. The problem with that is that when you’re dealing with a guy who is 6-3, 6-4 who has a pretty large frame, it’s almost impossible to protect this guy if he is not going to protect himself.”

On Bryant's aggressiveness and his ability to stay healthy:

"You have to figure out, 'How can I play this game for 16 weeks or 20 weeks or whatever, and be healthy week in and week out.' Is it possible? Absolutely it's possible. But I have to smart about when I fight for yards. When it's one guy fight. When it's two guys, maybe not. When it's three guys, man get your butt down. ...

"They have to talk to him about preserving himself for the full season, man, because they need this kid on the field all the time. But he takes himself out of the game by doing some of the things he does. He's trying to do good. That's the bad thing. I mean, that's the hard thing about this: It's not like he's doing dumb plays. He's trying to make something happen, but sometimes you just have to be a little smarter about how you go about that because you can certainly put yourself in a position that you end up hurting the team instead of helping."

On Miles Austin and his inability to stay healthy for a full season:

"I said this to Miles: 'Whatever you're doing, obviously you have to look at something differently.' I don't know if it's products that he's putting in his body. I'm not saying it's anything illegal. You can put too much caffeine in your body and it can jack you up, but whether it's that or if it's the fact that his training is not (right), because one of the things we used to do that was really beneficial was we always trained in our football shoes. I know nowadays they do a lot of track running. They do a lot of indoor type stuff, and you can't put those football shoes on. But when you're cutting and running in football shoes, it's totally different than running in track shoes."