In a kind-of-strange bit of news, ESPN Dallas’s Calvin Watkins has relayed this tidbit from a recent Men’s Health interview with Miles Austin: it seems that after the 2011 lockout, during which players were not allowed to work with team officials or use team facilities, Austin believes he wasn’t physically prepared for last season.
To be fair, it wasn’t as if Austin came in knowing he wasn’t ready--he only found out when he began to experience hamstring issues during training camp, issues that would force him to miss a total of six games in 2011.
"I'm feeling great right now, by the way," Austin said. "Right now I'm working with the trainers at our facility. I feel like last year, I wasn't prepared for the season in the way I should have been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt like it at the time. That's one thing I have to keep an eye on, to make sure I'm in the best physical shape I can be."
The good news for Dallas is that (a) Austin is feeling good and that (b) unlike last season, the team will be able to take advantage of the presence of strength and conditioning coach Mike Woicik--a six-time Super Bowl Champion (three with Dallas, three with New England) who was signed last year, but due to the lockout, didn’t have an offseason with his new old team.
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