WR Miles Austin - Philadelphia Eagles
|6-3, 219||Born: 6-30-1984||College: Monmouth||Drafted: ---|
Week 12: at Detroit Lions
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Though Sam Bradford was cleared to resume practices (and he did practice on Wednesday), the reports out of Philadelphia seem to be leaning against Bradford starting at 12:30 on Thanksgiving Day. It looks like more of Mark Sanchez (26/41 for 261 yards passing, two TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. Tampa last week) is in order. Zach Ertz is definitely out, by the way, clearing the way for Brent Celek (11/213/0 receiving over the past two games). Josh Huff (one target for 1/39/1 receiving) and Darren Sproles (seven for 3/38/1) handled the TD passes for Sanchez last week, while Celek led the club in receiving (10 for 7/79/0). The Detroit pass D has tightened considerably in recent weeks, holding Oakland to 13/25 for 164 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions last week after frustrating Aaron Rodgers (but still giving up 35/61 for 325 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Packers. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 16th in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (21.3 on average); has given up the sixth-most in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends during that time span (12.2); and has allowed the seventh-least in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (16.6). Not too shabby for a team playing out the string. This is a tough matchup for the Sanchez-led Eagles. Upgrade to neutral if Bradford is a go.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 9 vs DAL (3 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
The homecoming for Miles Austin wasn't nearly as good as it was for DeMarco Murray. Austin saw only three targets despite playing 60 snaps. He made good on one of those targets via a nice grab for 27 yards on a third-and-long with the Eagles pushed back deep in their own territory. General logic suggests he'll be used less and less as the running game finds rhythm.
2015 Week 7 vs CAR (6 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin saw more playing time and more targets than any game this season. He played well for most of the night by running mostly underneath routes and converting three first downs including a 22-yard catch in the first quarter. But with the Eagles trailing late in the game, Austin dropped a critical 4th and nine pass. The throw was a little high but in the area and may have been a game-changer. With the Eagles heading into their bye week, they'll have a healthy set of receivers the next time they take the field, so a decrease in playing time is likely in his future.
2015 Week 6 vs NYG (3 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Turning his best statistical game of the season, Miles Austin had the second most receiving yards for the Eagles Monday night. Most of them came on a 37-yard play-action late in the third quarter. A faster, younger player probably turns that catch into a touchdown instead of a first down, but Austin's minor receiving contributions are just one part of his game. He's actually a really good blocker, which may seem like odd praise for a wide receiver, but all the quick outs and screen plays run by the Eagles require solid blocking in order to work. This is hardly an excuse to roster a washed up receiver that can't contribute much else and continue to give him a high snap count. The Eagles are clearly thin at this position.
2015 Week 4 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 51 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin now has four total catches on the season, including two from Sunday. One of those went for a score as Bradford made a perfect throw and found Austin in the end zone for 39 yards. Outside of that play, he was an afterthought despite the Eagles playing from behind. His snap count went from an inexplicable 67 percent in Week 3 to a more reasonable 38 percent in Week 4. As Cooper nails down the WR3 role in an offense that prefers running backs to wide receivers, Austin's playing time is sure to decrease.
2015 Week 3 vs NYJ (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
The day is coming when Miles Austin sees his snap count reduced to special teams type numbers. He has been awful this season. He rarely gets a clean release from the defender, and even when he does, he seems to have a hard time reeling in catches. The fact that he saw 60% of snaps on Sunday is testament to the Eagles lack of wide receiver depth.
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