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Cowboys Mailbag: June 5, 2012

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SHAUN JOYNT WYLIE, TX:Not much has been said about Miles Austin. How is he doing in practice and are you expecting a bounce-back season?

Rob: So far he has looked like himself, and he has won some good battles with Brandon Carr. I'm expecting a bounce-back season as long as he's healthy, and it's worth noting he has had hamstring problems throughout his time here. He really never got rid of them the entire 2011 season, and that's one reason Kevin Ogletree was active for the finale at the Giants instead of an extra cornerback, Frank Walker. Austin has taken a lot of heat for the missed touchdown Dec. 11 that would have eliminated the Giants, but don't forget about the guy who had nine catches for 143 yards and three touchdowns against the 49ers while hurt. He is still this team's most complete receiver.

Nick: I guess at this time of year, no news is good news. He looks good out there, but we've come to expect that. As long as he can stay healthy on the field, then I think we could expect a bounce-back season. It wasn't like he played bad last year, he just wasn't consistently on the field. But more than anything, they need him to perform at a high level, based on the lack of depth behind him.

WILL MEJIA EDISON, NJ Is there an undrafted player turning heads at the OTAs? Which of them have a chance to make the team and possibly start?

Rob:Ronald Leary is getting second-team reps at right guard behind 2011 draft pick David Arkin. He's the guy Jerry touted right after the draft, and he's the rookie free agent to watch right now. There's a reason he should have been drafted if not for the knee condition; he's got size and agility and he's a physical player. He's got the best chance to start in my opinion. Wide receiver Cole Beasley, running back Darrell Scott and cornerback Isaac Madison have also stood out to me.

Nick: There are a few undrafted guys turning heads. A chance to start? That's two different questions obviously. If you just look at the draft picks, only Morris Claiborne is pegged to start. So here in early June, it's nearly impossible to predict a rookie FA getting a starting job. The guy that probably would have the best chance is Ronald Leary, the Memphis guard who is working on the second-team behind David Arkin with Mackenzy Bernadeau out.

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