Miles Austin: "Last Year I Wasn't Prepared for the Season"

Rob Brown@RobBrown3Correspondent IApril 17, 2012

Miles Austin had quite the disappointing 2011 season. He played only 10 games thanks to a nagging hamstring injury and had career lows in receiving averages ever since taking over the starting role in 2009.

In an interview with, Austin said he wasn’t prepared after the lockout.

"I’m feeling great right now, by the way,” Austin said. “Right now I’m working with the trainers at our facility. I feel like last year I wasn’t prepared for the season the way I should’ve been condition-wise, even though I looked it, felt it, at the time.

“That’s one thing that I have to keep an eye on that I am keeping an eye on, to make sure that I’m in the best physical shape that I can be."

It should be noted that Austin was at the voluntary workouts yesterday with his fellow receivers working out with strength coach Mike Woicik.

Austin isn’t the first to admit that his conditioning wasn’t up to par. Former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams made the same statements before the 2011 season.

“I’m a firm believer in no matter what you do in the offseason, nothing will get you football ready except for playing football,” Williams said. “That’s what I believe. It’s tough. You can run all the hills and mountains that you want to, but when you get out here and play for four seconds and jog back to the huddle, that’s what gets you in shape.”

Many believe there’s no excuse for not being ready for the football season. I’m not about to make excuses for No. 19, but in order for his statement to be believable, I need to see him produce in 2012 just like he did in year’s past.

Then again, maybe I’m just bitter that I wasted a draft pick on him in my fantasy league…

Either way, here’s to hoping Austin will be ready in 2012.

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