Jason Garrett: Miles Austin back to what we’ve seen in the past


Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin played in all 16 games for the Cowboys last season, although his efforts were hindered almost all year long by hamstring issues that forced him out of some games and limited him in others.

That makes two straight years of hamstring trouble for Austin, who became a third option behind Dez Bryant and Jason Witten as the 2012 season progressed. He’s been healthy this summer, though, and that’s brought renewed levels of athleticism to his game. Coach Jason Garrett said that while he appreciates the way Austin played through injuries last year, he’s happier to have Austin looking more like his old self.

“We were all very proud of how Miles played last year because he wasn’t himself,” Garrett said, via Tim McMahon of ESPNDallas.com. “He had a very productive year for us playing opposite Dez and opposite Witt in our passing game, and did a lot of good things for us, but he seems like he’s back to what we’ve seen in the past. He has quickness. He has explosiveness.”

Austin had 66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns, so it wasn’t like he fell completely off the radar. If his return to form holds into the regular season, it is going to be very hard for defenses to pick their poison in pass coverage and all the more crucial that the Dallas offensive line perform better than it has in the last couple of seasons.