Squeeze all you can out of Miles Austin

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If you have been following the Dallas Cowboys for awhile, you might remember what happened on October 11, 2009 during a game between the Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs. Former Cowboys receiver Roy Williams was out due to a rib injury and backup Cowboys receiver Miles Austin would make his first NFL start. To that point, most knew him as an average back up that had flashes of brilliance. But, not enough to make you think he was a true number one receiver in the league.  Then the game started and another undrafted free agent made his claim for fame.

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) cannot catch a pass against Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) in the fourth quarter at AT

Oct 13, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin (19) cannot catch a pass against Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) in the fourth quarter at AT

Austin had broken the Cowboys receiving record held by former wide out Bob Hayes by catching 10 passes for 250 yards receiving. He also added two touchdowns, one for 60-yards to win the game in overtime.  A star was born and Austin earned him a spot as a starting wide-out that year.  To prove it wasn’t a fluke, Austin went on to a pro bowl year with 1320 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.

It’s 2013 and the Miles Austin that we saw in 2009 has all but disappeared. We see him now and again, like we did in week one, but the chronic hamstring injuries and underwhelming performances has created animosity towards Austin. Now, with the emergence of Cowboys receivers Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Dwayne Harris, it seems more likely that Austin will be cut after this year in a cap cutting move.

Now, I support the decision to cut Austin in the off-season for many reasons. The team needs to get younger in areas and he costs too much money when you get the same production from cheaper options.  But, I don’t support benching Austin completely this year just because Williams and the other receivers have started to play better. Austin still has a role on this team and can help make this a dangerous offense.

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  • Tim

    man, I wish he could stay healthy

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    When was the last time we saw Austin step up to the plate and deliver? How many catches did Austin have against Philadelphia? Like Parcells has said….you are what you are. Why do you think Williams has developed so quickly and Beasley has been productive? Could it be because they have been given more playing time in the absence of Austin? Now you want to see the reduction of the playing time of Williams and Beasley by playing under-whelming Miles? How many mistakes did Williams and Beasley make last game? Do you have a crystal ball that tells you they will make more mistakes than veteran receivers in future games? You don’t need a crystal ball to know that playing Miles in place of two receivers who are producing would be a huge mistake.

  • oliver

    dumb idea, he’s not performing and it hurts the team. Let the kids play.

  • SmartThinking

    As much as fans think football is a game, professional football is a business. Professional football players are assets. The meat of the season for the Cowboys lies ahead of them. If past seasons have shown us nothing else, they’ve proved, at least for this team, that stars go down. The more assets Dallas has for the home stretch, the better the opportunity they’ll to make a dent in the playoffs. Trading Austin at this point in the season is shortsighted. Hell. Even Jerry Jones sees that!