- Tim MacMahon, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas – Jerry Jones doesn't feel buyer's remorse about Miles Austin despite the receiver’s production dropping significantly this season.
Austin caught 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns despite last season despite not starting until the fifth game, convincing the Cowboys to sign him to a six-year, $54 million contract in September. Austin has 58 catches for 826 yards and five touchdowns in 13 games this season.
That includes only 15 catches for 185 yards in the last six games. The drop in production, according to owner/general manager Jerry Jones and receivers coach Ray Sherman, is simply because he isn’t getting thrown the ball as often.
"It's about opportunities," Sherman said. "When you have a chance to have opportunities, you have a chance to capitalize on it. When you don't have opportunities, it's hard to capitalize. When he gets those opportunities like he did at the beginning of the year, you were able to see a guy who was productive."
Jones expects to see that Sunday against the Redskins, who allowed Austin to catch 10 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown in the season opener.
"I think hell have his chances," Jones said on KRLD-FM. "We've seen him make some big plays. I'm not at all disappointed in his play in any way and don’t want to sound even defensive about it.
"He gives us really one of the strengths of our team relative to him and the other receiving corps, so I've glad we've got him and glad we've got him under contract."