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Saturday, September 14, 2013
Austin not worried about being No. 1 WR

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- After the Dallas Cowboys' season-opening victory against the New York Giants, there were discussions about what the Giants defense did to wide receiver Dez Bryant and the two touchdowns caught by tight end Jason Witten.

Well, what about the other receiving threat on this squad, Miles Austin?

Austin finished with a team-leading 10 catches for 72 yards. It was the first time Austin had double-digit catches in a game since 2010, when he caught 10 passes in a Week 2 loss to the Chicago Bears. Austin also caught 10 a week earlier, in an opening defeat at Washington.

Austin has been a productive player for the Cowboys even through Bryant's emergence last season. But Austin said he doesn't think about Bryant surpassing him on the depth chart as the No. 1 receiver. If anything, Bryant's presence has helped Austin continue as a main receiving threat.

"At the end of the day, defenses are going to play how they play and it’s our job to execute the play the best we can," Austin said. Quarterback Tony Romo is "going to get it to whoever needs to get it right then. That’s kind of the way we run it. Hopefully it works out."

Austin had a strong training camp and appeared free of the hamstring issues that hampered parts of his 2012 season. He was targeted 12 times in Sunday's opener, mainly on slants and against the one-on-one coverage the Giants played against him.

In Week 2, he and the Cowboys visit the Kansas City Chiefs, on whose home turf Austin caught 10 passes for a franchise-record 250 yards in an overtime victory in 2009. That season, Austin earned his first Pro Bowl berth with a solid 1,320 yards, still a career high. His 11 touchdown grabs that season also remain a career mark.

"I’m taking it one day at a time, to be honest with you," Austin said. "I’m trying my best every day at practice, trying my best during the games, and we’ll see what happens."