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June 12, 2008

Austin making strides

Milesaustin Cowboys receiver Miles Austin is coming off an impressive week of practice during the final OTAs. His highlight on Wednesday came when he beat Pacman Jones with a leaping catch in the end zone. He showed nice hands throughout practice and quarterback Tony Romo was also impressed with his week.

Austin, who has good speed but his hands have been questionable, is grabbing some attention this offseason. Austin was seperating from defenders, including Jones, on his releases.

''I think Miles Austin has tremendous speed,'' Cowboys receivers coach Ray Sherman said. ''He's starting to come around and he's made great strides from last year, from last camp. I really like what I'm seeing out of him right now. I expect him to get better.''

Austin, who is entering his third year, has five career catches for 76 yards and was the fourth receiver last year and became the primary kick returner. He will be forced to show his improvement with draft-pick Isaiah Stanback making progress and the rookie minicamp standout and free agent Danny Amendola hunting for a roster spot.

- Rick Herrin

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