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Beast exclusive: The Miles Austin interview

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

SAN ANTONIO -- Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin is vying for the No. 2 receiver's role, and he hopes to eventually play himself into the No. 1. On Wednesday, he was kind enough to spend a few minutes with the NFC East blog and our radio partner, ESPN 103.3 in Dallas. Let's take a look at some of the highlights:

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Beast: Miles, is this the toughest camp you've been in during the Wade Phillips era?

Austin: I think every year you come into training camp with a serious approach. The way the schedule is this year, it's a lot more rigorous because it's three [two-a-days] in a row, which is always tough. We're running like 60 plays each practice. It's pretty tough. But we're getting through this. And I think we're better as a team.

Beast: You remember that in '07, this was called "Camp Cupcake." Has Wade changed that impression?

Austin: It's different so only in the practice regimen, but even when we had "Camp Cupcake" we finished out 13-3, so that wasn't too bad either. Maybe we can convince him to get a little trip to SeaWorld so we can bring "Camp Cupcake" back.

Beast: How does this camp feel differently to you physically?

Austin I feel good. I feel I can work my routes a lot better. I can be a lot more patient because I understand the feel of the way the play is supposed to be run. I feel a lot more confident out there. Even just in one-on-one situations, being able to get off people, get open and catch the ball.

Beast: Do you think you should be the No. 2 receiver opposite Roy Williams?

Austin: Obviously I want to be that guy. I want to be starting, but at the end of the day, as long as we get the job done as a team and it's best for the team, I'm happy with whatever decision comes about. I just want to win games and take this team as far as we can take it.

I'm happy to share the rest of the interview if anyone's interested.