IRVING, Texas -- As part of the fundamental focus of practices these days for the Cowboys, wide receiver Miles Austin said the receivers caught passes without gloves.
Normally receivers play in games with gloves, and Austin plans on doing that Sunday at Green Bay. But Austin is in a five-way tie for the league lead with six drops and he's gone back to basics.
Part of that goes to he's getting more passes thrown his way as the lead receiver. Last year, Austin was the No. 3 receiver and when Roy Williams went down with a rib injury he took over. Austin emerged with a 10-catch, 250-yard, two-touchdown effort in an overtime victory over Kansas City.
Austin took over the starting lineup the next week and finished the season with a 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns which pushed him into the Pro Bowl.
This season, Austin is producing good numbers, 43 catches for 641 yards, but he has just two touchdowns and went through a two-game stretch where he had a five catches combined.
The dropped passes however have taken more of a focus this year because two of Austin's drops turned into interceptions.
"Concentration," he said. "For me, it's concentration, just catching the ball, you really have to look it in without gloves on. That's why I'm working on it."
Austin said it's easier to catch passes with gloves because the ball kind of sticks to his hands. When you catch the ball without gloves you have to look the ball into your hands more and grip it more.
"For me personally, keeping my eye on the ball, catching for everybody," Austin said. "Offensive line blocking, running backs, blocking, running, just go back to the basics and what we know. [Just] our plays and our game."