Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Miles Austin talks about his drops
By Calvin Watkins
With three games remaining in the regular season, wide receiver Miles Austin has the team lead with eight drops.
It's a career-high for Austin, who became a full-time starter in 2009. He's seeing more passes than ever before and that's part of the reason why he's dropping passes.
Last year, Roy E. Williams led the team with eight drops.
Austin suffered what could be considered a drop when a pass from Jon Kitna bounced off his hands and was intercepted in the second quarter vs. the Eagles. It was a quick throw from Kitna and it seemed Austin was still trying to complete his route across the middle of the field.
"Drops happen for different reasons," Austin said following Cowboys practice on Wednesday. "The one last week was a tough catch. It would have been a tough catch. It would have been great if I would have made it. It kind of got on me real quick and tips up."
Earlier this season, Austin had some drop issues and changed his practice routine by catching passes without gloves. Austin said it makes you concentrate more because you're hands have to squeeze the ball when it comes to you.
In games, the gloves sometimes give you a false sense of security that you have the ball in your hands because of the material on the palms of the gloves are somewhat sticky.
"I'm working," he said. "I'm in practice. I didn't have any drops today. I've just got to take it one day at a time."