After a breakout season in 2009, Austin has put together three consecutive disappointing campaigns. According to both Austin and head coach Jason Garrett, this is due to several different factors, not the leas of which being Austin’s health. The 29-year-old receiver has had chronic hamstring problems that severely limited his production in 2012.
Austin is hoping to avoid these health problems in 2013. So far in training camp he has made it a point to strengthen the muscles that have given him so many problems. Garrett and some of the other coaches like the burst that they saw from Austin in OTA’s.
No one expects him to put up the kind of numbers he did in 2009, but what the Cowboys do need is for Austin to be a great third option for Tony Romo. WR Dez Bryant is the unquestioned number one, and TE Jason Witten is always going to get plenty of looks. The Cowboys really don’t have a great amount of depth at receiver. Guys they have been able to count on as slot receivers in past years like Sam Hurd and Laurent Robinson are long gone and playing for other teams, meaning that in this pass heavy offense, Austin is going to have to pull his weight.
With staying healthy as the number one priority, Miles Austin and the rest of the Dallas Cowboys are excited to gear up for 2013.
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