As the start of the 2010-11 NFL regular season is approaching, it is becoming more and more likely that wide receiver Patrick Crayton will not be on the Dallas Cowboys roster. Many fans anticipate the release and some news over the weekend made Crayton’s release seem more imminent.
Miles Austin — the Cowboys’ top wide out last season — has been working as the slot receiver when the Cowboys take the field in multiple receiver sets.
“I think he (Austin) is going to be tremendously dangerous in the slot,” coach Wade Phillips said. “The same things that make him good on the outside make him good on the inside.”
Austin hauled in 81 receptions last season for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns. He hopes to have another big year for Dallas whether he plays on the outside, like in 2009-10, or in the slot.
“Inside or outside, I’m still trying to get open,” Austin said on Saturday.
How does this effect Patrick Crayton? Last season, Crayton was primarily the Cowboys slot receiver with Austin and Roy Williams lining up on the outside. Crayton had 37 catches — ranked fourth on the team — from the position. The amount of time Austin is spending working on the slot can only confirm to Crayton that the curtain is closing on his time in Big D.
When Austin has been lined up in the slot, number one pick Dez Bryant has been on the outside along with the Roy Williams.