In 2013 few could. Dez Bryant was a catalyst for great things happening. The biggest question mark about him is why don’t the Cowboys use him even more? Scott Linehan, are you listening? Use this kid the way the Detroit Lions use Magatron and few people will even be in the conversation to compare him with. In fact, maybe only Megatron. I give Dez Bryant a solid A for 2013.
This brings us to the man who was slated to be the man opposite Dez in the high powered Cowboys Offense, Miles Austin. I want to make this very clear, I like Miles. In 2009 he had a very impressive coming out party and he followed that up in 2010 with yet another fine season. Since that time he has been on and off the Injury list more times than I can count. He misses multiple games, and then when he does play he is ineffective. In 2013 he had a mere 24 receptions for a paltry 244 yards and no scores. That’s right, zero, goose egg, donut.
Putting that in perspective for you I submit this. That is fewer yards and TDs than his Cowboys record setting game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2009. I’ll say that again, he had one game that was better than his entire season. I don’t like bashing players who are injured but the truth is Miles Austin, as a good a guy as he is, is not worth his salary, was awful in 2013, should absolutely be waived in this off season to save cap room and earns an F from me for his season.
When I look at his lack of production it reminds me so much of Alvin Harper back in 1994, not as a comparison, but rather as a contrast. Harper, the number 2 man to The Playmaker, Michael Irvin, only caught 33 balls that year. Only 9 more than Miles Austin managed. But with those 33 receptions he stacked on 821 yards and 8 scores. That is the kind of year you expect from a #2 WR starting opposite a stud #1. We did not get that from Miles.