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WR Miles Austin - Cleveland Browns

6-3, 219Born: 6-30-1984College: MonmouthDrafted: ---

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Week 12: at Atlanta Falcons

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Brian Hoyer threw 50 passes last week in the chase position behind the Texans (Cleveland never led in the game) and wound up finishing Sunday with 20/50 for 330 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with two sacks taken for -13 yards. Andrew Hawkins (13 targets for 6/97/1 receiving) led the team in receiving while Taylor Gabriel also saw 13 targets (for 5/92/0 receiving). The lack of tight end Jordan Cameron (out due to concussion after effects) will be ameliorated this week as Josh Gordon finally returns from his 10-game suspension - just as the Browns' passing attack is heating up. Hoyer and Gordon had good chemistry last year (during Week 3 of 2013 Hoyer threw 19 passes for 10/146/1 receiving to Gordon), so if they are able to rekindle the connection in practices this week we may see some aerial fireworks from this duo. The Falcons' pass D is ranked 32nd in the NFL averaging 281.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. nine interceptions (tied for 15th in the NFL) and thirteen sacks (tied for 29th) generated to date. Cam Newton was right on the usual pace against Atlanta last week, with 23/37 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -7 yards, while Josh McCown posted very similar (strong) passing numbers two weeks ago, with 27/43 for 281 net passing yards, two TDs and two interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -20 yards. Atlanta's secondary scares nobody, friends. Advantage, Cleveland.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs OAK 0 0 0 2 2 34 0 0
9 vs TB 0 0 0 5 3 54 0 0
10 at CIN 0 0 0 6 5 48 0 0
11 vs HOU 0 0 0 8 3 31 0 0
12 at ATL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 2 * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 2 * * *
12 at ATL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs TB (5 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

At his advanced age, Miles Austin does not do many things "excellent" anymore. One thing he does do very well, however, is produce off slant routes. Both of Austin's touchdowns this season have come off a slant, and all three of his catches on Sunday's were quick slants. Austin had a huge catch on third and 16 late in the game against the Bucs, using his 6'2 frame to shield Alterraun Verner from the ball. Austin showed strong hands in securing the ball, then turned up field, and used whatever limited YAC ability he possesses to get a first down. However, while Austin looked good in limited opportunities, he does not dominate the targets (64th among WR in targets) necessary to be a viable option. In addition, as the current "big receiver" in the Browns offense, his role will only shrink when Josh Gordon returns in a few weeks against the Falcons.

2014 Week 10 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 48 / 0 rec)

Austin led the Browns in yardage with leading receiver Andrew Hawkins out of Thursday's game with an injury. Austin made three impressive third down first down catches that kept drives alive. Austin is a powerful YAC receiver, and while he is not great at busting a huge run after the catch, he is great at finding a hole in a zone, catching the ball and getting those extra five or six yard for the first down. Austin seems to be the "third down" receiver that Hoyer trusts when he needs a completion. This might be because of his veteran nature, or just that Andrew Hawkins is hurt.

2014 Week 11 vs HOU (8 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)

Miles Austin was only able to manage 31 yards on eight targets, an abysmal stat and a testament to how far the ninth-year pro has fallen. Austin had two huge, drive-ending drops in the fourth quarter Sunday that sealed the Browns fate. Otherwise, Austin was "just a guy" for much of Sunday's game. He was able to make a solid first down catch on two occasions when the Browns needed them, but he did not demonstrate any special skill in doing so.


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