Miles Austin Reports to Workouts at Lighter Weight
Miles Austin is in the building. The up-and-coming wide receiver has joined his teammates at Valley Ranch this week for voluntary workouts. Surprisingly, he said his absence was not contract-related:
“I was out in L.A. working,” Austin said. “To be honest, I was really working hard. I came back the lightest I’ve ever been, in shape already. I’m feeling really good and looking forward to the year.”
Austin continued, “Not a power play, nothing like that at all. It just came down to when I was working out there, I was really buying into the workouts. Not only was I working out with a personal trainer, but I was running hills, running Runyan [Canyon], a lot of things.”
Austin apparently wasn’t lying about working hard–he is currently only 207 pounds. While the lighter frame could help his speed, we are worried that it might hinder Austin’s ability to break tackles.
Austin weighed around 214 pounds last season, but players generally enter the season at a lower weight than offseason workouts. Austin may have weighed 217 or more at this time last year. Also, don’t forget he figures to lose a few pounds during training camp.
Is this 7-10 pounds of weight loss going to make Austin that much faster? After all, how much faster can the guy really get?
Still, we trust Austin is doing the right thing. The organization is surely aware of Austin’s weight loss. Perhaps his new slimmer body will allow him to be quicker in small areas, providing him the benefit of not having to break as many tackles.