We all remember in week one when the rookie Williams ran the wrong route that led to Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo throwing his first pick of the year. I know a lot of fans were furious when Williams fumbled the football when trying to extend his arms into the end zone against the Chargers. Terrible mistakes by a rookie, but he has since rebounded well after those mishaps. Romo has been quoted as saying he hasn’t seen a rookie grow as much as he did in 6-months. Cole Beasley has also blossomed into a reliable pass-catcher when Romo needs him the most, using his small size as an advantage. But, we also see the problems when throwing to a small player, leading to tipped passes and picks.
My point with all this is to realize that the other options on this team are still learning and developing and will make more mistakes as they are young players. When they do, you need a player like Austin ready to go and take over a game for you when they aren’t able too. Benching him for most of the year isn’t going to help the team or Austin. Play him every week like a starter and let him help this team in any way he can.
There will be a time this season when Williams, Beasley, and even Harris will not step up to the plate and can’t deliver those big time performances, especially in the playoffs. Austin, when healthy and focused, can be that veteran that you can count on. Then when the season finally ends, cut him and finally be rid of his bloated contract.
Trust me; there is still a lot of juice left in Miles Austin.