WR Miles Austin - Free Agent
|6-3, 219||Born: 6-30-1984||College: Monmouth||Drafted: ---|
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.
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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Austin more or less disappeared on Sunday afternoon, only managing 4 fantasy points on his three targets. Austin had a great catch in the redzone that was called back in the first quarter due to an illegal shift. Austin is not distinguishable from other Browns' options not named Jordan Cameron or Andrew Hawkins, and at this point is barely rosterable in even the deepest of leagues.
2014 Week 2 vs NO (10 / 6 / 44 / 1 rec)
Predicting when Miles Austin will score is a sorry task in futility. Nevertheless, it is no surprise that when the Browns entered the redzone, their tallest outside receiving target (6'2") made the play. Austin was lined up 1-1 on Patrick Robinson on the outside, and gave his a quick head fake on the snap. Due to Austin's three inch height advantage, Robinson had to respect the possibility of the fade route to the back corner of the end zone. Austin's fake was all he needed to gain separation from Robinson and cut inside for the easy touchdown catch. Outside of the touchdown pass, Austin played very well, picking up two very crucial first downs on the Browns final drive. Austin has not been good for a few years, but he showed that he could adjust to a more veteran-esque role on this team, a testament to his recognition of his own failing athleticism.
2014 Week 3 vs BAL (7 / 6 / 51 / 1 rec)
On a team with Jordan Cameron, it is surprising to see Miles Austin score his second redzone touchdown in three weeks. However, Austin still possesses a solid 74-inch frame and runs one of the best slant routes in the NFL. The slant is what still works for Austin at his advanced age, and he ran a beautiful one his touchdown pass. The ball was thrown slightly behind him, but he made a beautiful leaping catch in which eh contorted his body backward sot snag the bullet that Brian Hoyer rifled into the end zone. Austin is a sneaky play in PPR leagues and comes at almost no cost.
2014 Week 5 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 54 / 0 rec)
Austin made a few nice catches in traffic in Sunday and remains solidified as the Browns WR2. Austin was heavily covered until snagging a 31-yarder in the first half to contribute to a touchdown drive. He then split the defense late in the game, taking the ball 23 yards and deep into Titans territory.
2014 Week 6 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin played the "big outside receiver" role for the Browns on Sunday, making a few athletic catches to give the Browns' news sets of downs. Austin showed great hip and upper body flexibility during his 17-yard catch early against the Steelers, turning his body for a pass that was a bit high while securing the ball through the entire catch. Austin shows very strong hands, as most of his catches are with arms extended and the ball far away from him. While he did not find the end zone, Austin did receive two redzone targets on Sunday.
2014 Week 7 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
The first of Miles Austin's three receptions in this game came early on during the team's very first drive. Austin caught a quick out against off coverage for a first down. Hoyer missed Austin on a crossing route later in the first quarter, before the two connected for his longest reception of the game on another crossing route. This one came after play action when he was wide open down the field. On 3rd-and-4 late in the third quarter, Austin came up with an important reception over the middle of the field for a first down.
2014 Week 8 vs OAK (2 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Austin made two first down catches on Sunday, but received no targets otherwise. Austin's first catch was for 22 yards, and Austin accidentally ran into Hoyer as he came on a fake end-around to the far side of the field. Austin still managed to corral the pass from Hoyer and take it for a big gain. Austin's second catch was an athletic leap where Austin snagged the ball between the arms of Raiders corner T.J. Carrie. Austin was able to maintain concentration and body control to look the ball into his hands despite the defender in front of him, drawing ohs and aahs from the crowd. Alas, the lack of targets that Miles Austin sees renders him invaluable in most formats.
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 6'2î 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.
2014 Week 12 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec)
Of his six catches, four of Miles Austin's catches went for first downs. As a veteran receiver, Austin does a tremendous job of operating near the sticks and using his big 6'2 frame to gain extra yards. Austin realizes that he does not possess the speed of his Cowboys days, and it shows with his lack of burst out of his cuts. While Austin had one of his better games as a Cleveland Brown, he made a devastating drop in the third quarter in the end zone. Austin was being shielded by two defenders, but Hoyer threaded the needle between them. When the ball came to Austin, it bounced right off his hands. Miles Austin has been "Mr. Reliable" for Brian Hoyer; however, he has not come up big in scoring situations the past two weeks.
2014 Week 13 vs BUF (9 / 7 / 86 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin had one of the quietest 7-86 games ever recorded against the Bills. He does not pop off the screen when watching film, but he has learned a few veteran moves to keep him relevant in the NFL. Austin uses his hands in close quarters extremely well, which helps him gain separation given his lack of burst. Austin will shrug or shove his defender slightly to gain separation, make his cut, and use his big frame to shield defensive backs from making a play on the ball. Furthermore, Austin excels at making plays in traffic. He is the most adept Browns receiver in this facet, and on numerous occasions on Sunday, Austin made catches in high traffic areas. However, Austin has lost almost all of his explosive ability, so when these catches are made, he is brought down very close to the point of reception. For example, Austin made a tight catch on fourth and six in the fourth quarter, down 13 points. However, Austin was unable to gain any extra yards after the catch, and subsequently Austin was a yard short of the first down. At this point, Miles Austin has limited utility, but his ability to make catches in traffic and gain some separation has made him productive.
2013 Week 1 vs NYG (12 / 10 / 72 / 0 rec)
Austin appeared healthy and in-sync with Tony Romo to open the season against the Giants. While he saw just one target down the field against zone coverage, Austin was a reliable chain-mover for the Dallas passing game. When Tony Romo needed a play or a third down conversion is was either Jason Witten or Austin that made the play. Austin's game was made up of quick hitches, outs, and crossing routes that he created separation well at the line of scrimmage.
2013 Week 2 vs KC (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
After a very active game to open the season, Austin took a backseat to Dez Bryant in the passing game against Kansas City. Austin saw just four of Romo's 42 targets, all of the short, possession variety. Two of Austin's receptions stood out. On one occasion, Austin was able to power through the defender after the catch for a first down. On the other, Austin adjusted to the pass behind him on a crossing route to hauling in the first down. In was a non-descript day for Austin and all Dallas receiving options but Dez Bryant had minimal involvement.
2013 Week 3 vs STL (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
It was a quiet day for Austin as Dallas did not open up the passing game against St.Louis in the easy victory. While he caught two of his targets, he was tackled at the two-yard-line on one reception as a potential scoring chance and came down out-of-bounds on a deep target down the sidelines. On another occasion, Austin dropped a routine third down target around midfield late in the first half. While DeMarco Murray and others were making the most of their opportunities this week, Austin left some production on the field.
2013 Week 6 vs WAS (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Austin was back on the field after a hamstring injury, but played quite a bit in the slot. Terrance Williams played on the outside in most two-receiver sets. Romo and Austin were not on the same page as passes were off-target and Austin also dropped a target. In the fourth quarter, Austin was targeted deep down the field that would have essentially iced the game, but Deangelo Hall tipped the pass away at the last moment. Williams appears to have the leg-up on the starter role and Austin need to develop into a dependable possession target on the inside.
2013 Week 7 vs PHI (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Another week removed from injury for Austin and he is still operating from the slot primarily and behind Terrance Williams on the depth chart. Austin was rarely involved in the offense as Cole Beasley saw far more action as the third receiver on passing downs. Austin's first target was not until the middle of the third quarter, when Romo found him on a broken play, which was overturned by review after being ruled a reception on the field. Austin appears to be moving down the passing pecking order as Romo's chemistry with Terrance Williams and Cole Beasley builds behind stalwarts Dez Bryant and Jason Witten.
2013 Week 12 vs NYG (3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Austin was back in the lineup and on the field often against the Giants rejuvenated secondary. He did not see a target until the middle of the fourth quarter. He struggled on his first two targets as he got one hand on a wobbling third-down target, but could not haul it in. On another, Austin outright dropped a short target with two minutes to play in the game. It was a tough game for Austin as he appeared stiff and lacking explosion in the cold and windy conditions.
2013 Week 13 vs OAK (5 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Austin was healthy and in the starting lineup against Oakland. He found space for a slant route, including yards after the catch, in the first quarter. After that, it was a non-descript day for Austin as two of his targets were tipped away in tight coverage and another pair of passes were well-outside his reach. More than his own production rising of late, Austin's playing time since getting back on the field from injury has cut into Terrance Williams' production. Austin has struggled to get back to his once-dominant ways as an outside receiver and as the season winds down his days in Dallas could be numbered.
2013 Week 14 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec)
Austin got the start opposite of Dez Bryant against the Bears and delivered another quiet performance. With just four targets, Austin dropped one and could not haul in a back shoulder end zone target late in the game. One of Austin's receptions came late in the game with the result already decided. Austin has not regained that strong connection with Tony Romo since missing time with injury and has not flashed that difference-making physical ability either. Dallas struggled through the air this week and Austin did not take advantage of his few opportunities.
2013 Week 15 vs GB (4 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)
Austin was back in a split with Terrance Williams for secondary receiver opposite of Dez Bryant against Green Bay. Austin failed to gain any separation on his routes and had difficult making contested catches as well. Austin and Tony Romo recaptured that chemistry from years past on a back shoulder reception on the sidelines, but Austin was called for pushing off on the play. Late in the game, Romo's pass the Austin on a slant route was a little behind him and resulted in a costly interception. Austin has not looked right physically most of this season and against Grean Bay was more of the same.
2013 Week 16 vs WAS (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Austin saw just two targets, one landing yards in front of him on a slant route as Tony Romo was pressured on third down. On the other, Austin corralled a low throw to convert a third down as Romo rolled out from the pocket.
2013 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Austin had a quiet first half, not seeing a single target against the Eagles. After a wide receiver screen and a wide open crossing route came Austin's most impactful play of the game late in the fourth quarter. As Dallas began their drive, needing a field goal to win it in the closing minutes, Orton targeted Austin on a slant route. With a clean pocket and throwing lane, the pass was behind Austin and intercepted, ending Dallas' comeback chances. Austin finally had a string of health late in the season with six straight games in the lineup, but tallied just 24 receptions in 11 games this year.
2012 Week 1 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 73 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin only had 4 grabs on Wednesday but he made them count and one was for a very exciting but wacky touchdown pass. Romo threw an accurate pass down the sideline for WR Austin but two Giants DB's completely misplayed the ball while Austin was able to haul it in and casually stroll into the endzone for the easy-looking touchdown. Austin took advantage of a banged up NYG secondary and made them pay. Austin also had a very impressive catch near the sideline, just getting enough of the ball to haul it in before going out of bounds. Austin managed a few shorter catches, showing his willingness to work back towards his QB for the football and an excellent chemistry with Romo. Austin could have had a much bigger night if WR Ogletree had not been so dominant and featured in the offense but Austin will have his opportunities down the road in the season. Austin was a good all around WR for Dallas on Wednesday as he always is, possessing great speed/size and determination while not being necessarily elite at any one aspect.
2012 Week 2 vs SEA (10 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)
Tied for the team lead in targets with 10, it was clear Romo and Austin were perhaps the closest thing the Cowboys had to a connection on offense. Unfortunately, the two were unable to muster enough plays for it to make much of a difference outside of the lone TD drive and catch. On 3rd and 13, Austin worked the middle of the field for a drive extending 17-yard catch. Four plays later, Austin ran a great hitch, selling the route to the uber-aggressive Kim Chancellor before he spun to the sideline for the relatively easy TD. 39 of Austin's 63 yards came on the TD drive. However, the Seattle defensive line and great defensive back play prevented Dallas from working anything down the field. Outside of the TD catch Austin was mostly forced to work quick underneath routes. Austin was the best player on offense for Dallas and it is quite clear who will lead the WRs assuming his hamstrings can hold up for the remainder of the season.
2012 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 5 / 107 / 0 rec)
Austin had an excellent game against Tampa Bay. After his first target was intercepted by a fast-breaking Tampa Bay cornerback, Austin became Tony Romo's most reliable target for the rest of the game. Austin was extremely effective on slant patterns as the threat of his deep speed got him a cushion at the line of scrimmage that he was able to exploit with excellent route running. Austin's best catch came on a 39 yard reception on a post pattern where Austin tracked the ball in air without going out of bounds and came down with a tough catch in traffic. Austin did not score in the contest but was a reliable threat to gain large chunks of yardage every time Tony Romo threw him the ball.
2012 Week 4 vs CHI (6 / 4 / 57 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin looked like the forgotten man in this offense, as he drew Charles Tillman for coverage for most of the game. With Romo focused on getting the ball to Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Jason Witten, Austin didn't even have a target until there was less than two minutes to play in the first half. On that drive, Austin continued to get open, and Romo found him three times for 41 yards, including the short 10 yard crossing route where Austin caught the ball and made a great move to avoid the defense and go in for the score with just 20 seconds left in the half. He had just one target after that until midway through the 4th quarter, when Romo hit him on a quick slant on 4th and 3 for a big 16 yard catch and run for the first down. Two plays later, Romo targeted him deep down the right side of the field, but he was well covered and Romo missed D.J. Moore who came over and made a great play to intercept the pass and send Romo to the sidelines with his fifth pick of the day.
2012 Week 6 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
In sharp contrast to teammate Dez Bryant's 13 catch day, Miles Austin was largely silent on the left side of the field. He ran a number of go routes and quick outs but was only targeted 5 times, resulting in a mere 2 receptions. The Ravens regularly rolled a safety to Austin's side to try and force him outside. Tony Romo recognized the coverage and did not bite on throwing Austin the ball to the outside where the chances of an interception are increased. Despite his lack of production in the passing game, Austin was a willing and able blocker for Felix Jones and Demarco Murray and showed excellent aggressiveness in engaging his man at the line of scrimmage in an effort to open holes for the team's running backs.
2012 Week 7 vs CAR (9 / 5 / 97 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin became the favourite target of Tony Romo this week as he abused rookie CB Josh Norman to good effect on several key plays. Austin's yards mostly came after the catch; on two plays in particular, Austin ran a quick slant, Romo found him in stride, and Austin sprinted into the secondary. One play resulted in a fumble that was recovered by Carolina as a LB stripped the football away from him. Austin made up for the error with a spectacular touchdown catch on a fade route in the end zone, reeling in a beautiful Romo pass. Austin was able to consistently get open and overall played a good game.
2012 Week 8 vs NYG (16 / 9 / 133 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin was big for Romo and the Cowboys on Sunday as he provided many first downs. Austin was able to get separation on a lot of plays. Austin dealt with press man coverage very well, got inside of his man and dictated the play down the field. Austin had a shot at a deep pass early in the game but Romo threw the ball to the wrong shoulder and it was picked off by the NYG DB. Austin ran slants and inside breaking routes (posts, mid slants) extremely well against man coverage. Austin used his hands well and didn't waste time getting into his route. He was unlucky not to score on a catch in Giants territory, getting tackled just one yard shy of the goal line. Austin exposed soft zone defense many times as he burned the Giants over the middle and gave Romo a big window to throw the football into. Romo and Austin have a superior connection than Romo/Bryant and the timing and trust is clearly visible on slant plays over the middle of the field. Austin had a shot at scoring the game winning touchdown late in the game but the pass was slightly off target and its possible he would not have reached the endzone even if he had made the catch. Austin ran almost the same route on a lot of plays but the Giants could not find an answer to slowing him down. His chemistry with Romo and quickness off the line of scrimmage was a dangerous weapon that the Giants could not deal with.
2012 Week 9 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)
- Austin finished the day with 7 receptions and once again showed the precise route-running and reliable hands of a top-tier receiver. Despite a safety waiting for him anytime he got off he line of scrimmage cleanly, Austin was able to be successful on a number of hitches and mid-range crossing patterns. He also ran some go routes down the sideline but was only targeted twice in these instances. His best catch came on an 11 yard reception to the left where he caught the Tony Romo pass on a quick out and turned up field for a solid gain before being pushed out of bounds. Tony Romo continues to trust Austin regardless of down and distance and the Cowboys are intent on getting him the ball all over the field. With the Atlanta pass rush reducing much of Romo's time in the pocket, Austin ran a number of quick outs and curls to help his quarterback have a receiving option when under duress. Austin also showed the excellent ability to get free of his man at the line of scrimmage despite the Falcons keeping a corner near the line of scrimmage jamming him much of the game.
2012 Week 10 vs PHI (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Austin had a largely quiet day in catching only two passes. The Dallas offense was keyed in on short passes to the middle of the field and on screens and Austin was called on to run deep and mid-range routes for most of the game. Austin's best catch came on a 25 yard reception down the right side of the field. He was targeted on two out patterns to opposite sides of the field as well but did not make a reception. As has been the case the last two seasons, when the Cowboys decide to work the short parts of the field either Austin or Dez Bryant typically suffers from a production standpoint. Against the Eagles, it was Austin's turn to primarily serve as a decoy downfield to stretch the defense. Despite only catching two balls, Austin still ran hard on each route and continues to show improvement as a route runner. This improvement keeps the defensive backs assigned to him from being able to slide off of him for Bryant or Witten downfield. In other words, even when he isn't catching the ball Austin is providing positive value to the Dallas passing game by taking two defensive backs away from the action before the ball is thrown.
2012 Week 11 vs CLE (12 / 6 / 58 / 0 rec)
With Dez Bryant getting a ton of work, there was not a ton of opportunities left for Austin on the other side. Outside of a slant that a defensive back knocked the ball out of Austin's hands, the Dallas receiver made the most of his chances. Romo did miss Austin on a deep route in overtime. Most of Austin's work came on short-to-intermediate routes and came on contested catches. He made a noteworthy play at in overtime, Dallas' third third down conversion of the game up until that point, with a great effort after the catch to get to the first down marker. His final grab, scooping up a low throw on a slant, secured a reasonable field goal attempt that ultimately won the game. While 12 PPR points may be considered a mild disappointment against a depleted secondary when Romo attempts 50 passes, it was a good floor of production.
2012 Week 12 vs WAS (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Austin had two targets on Thanksgiving against the Redskins. He left the game in the first quarter with a hip flexor injury.
2012 Week 13 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 46 / 1 rec)
Austin was overshadowed by Jason Witten and Dez Bryant, but that doesn't mean he didn't play a huge role in the Dallas victory. Austin primarily ran go routes and deep crosses. Both routes served to pull a safety outside the hashmarks to help cover him, thus opening the middle of the field for Witten and Bryant. Austin's best catch came on a second half touchdown grab. On the play, he lined up to the right side and ran a deep cross roughly 12 yards downfield. He gained separation from the defending cornerback when he made his inside cut. The Eagles safety rotating to Austin tried to jump the route on the ball, allowing Austin to slice between two defenders and score the go ahead touchdown for Dallas. He had one other catch against the Eagles for 19 yards that also came on a crossing pattern.
2012 Week 14 vs CIN (10 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin was targeted 10 times on the day, but came away with only 4 receptions thanks to pressure on Tony Romo and a couple miscues between receiver and QB. The first miscue was a simple drop by Austin early in the game, and he had a couple of these on the day. On a second miscue, Romo barely missed Austin on a deep ball off his fingertips that would have gone for a huge gain and turned his line around. The biggest one of all was a fade route to Austin in the endzone that was initially ruled a touchdown, but was overturned because Austin bobbled the ball. The throw was solid, and would have likely been caught more often than not by Austin. One of the major positives is that Austin didn't look bothered by his troublesome hamstring or leg injuries.
2012 Week 15 vs PIT (10 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec)
Austin caught a pass late in the play as he ran a deep out route for a first down. Austin caught a wide open pass in the flat when the Steelers blew a coverage. Austin went forward for eight yards and a first down. Austin caught a pass down the other sideline on the very next play when he ran a comeback and was wide open against the Steelers' replacement cornerback. For the third play in a row, Austin caught a pass. This time a comeback against the same defensive back, but against better coverage. Austin caught a bubble screen for seven yards, but the reception was negated by a holding penalty on the receiver blocking for him. Austin caught another eight yard curl against the Steelers' off coverage outside. Lined up in the slot, Austin caught a quick pass from Romo before running forward against soft coverage for a first down.
2012 Week 16 vs NO (8 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin had a fairly up and down day, though it seems he's officially been passed up by Dez Bryant as the number one option in Dallas. Austin had several crucial drops on the day, as he was caught looking at the defense before he looked the ball into his hands. Those drops could have very well netted Austin another 30 to 40 yards. However, he redeemed himself by catching the game-tying touchdown with 15 seconds left in the game on a 4th and 10 play. Austin caught a beautiful back shoulder throw while on his knees, displaying impressive concentration. The coverage on the day was beatable, and had Austin focused a bit more on each throw coming his way, he would have had a much bigger day.
2012 Week 17 vs WAS (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Austin totaled zero catches on three targets and briefly exited the game with a left ankle injury. He was able to return. Austin was the intended target on a late first quarter intercepted pass from Tony Romo. Running a sideline go route, Austin got cut off by Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson. Romo underthrew the pass, and a leaping Wilson snatched the ball from Austin before Austin could react.
2011 Week 1 vs NYJ (9 / 5 / 90 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin continues to show he's worthy of the Cowboys' primary receiver role with both his speed and toughness. Austin showed a fierce determination on his touchdown. On the play, a long pass from Tony Romo, Austin was covered by Jets CB Antonio Cromartie. Cromartie did a tremendous job getting in between Austin and the ball, making the catch. Except Austin wasn't going down without a fight. Austin got his hands on the ball and ripped it away from Cromartie as they tumbled into the end zone. Both players had their hands on it but tie goes to the receiver. Touchdown Austin. It's that kid of toughness and 'my ball' mentality which has made Austin one of Romo's most reliable targets. Austin was quiet until Darrelle Revis switched to Dez Bryant and then made his big play after Revis left the game briefly with cramps.
2011 Week 2 vs SF (15 / 9 / 143 / 3 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin had a sensational game against the 49ers. Tony Romo involved him early on helping lead to a nine catch afternoon. In a departure from prior games, Austin was used on a number of underneath routes. Whereas in the past he would run go routes and deep crosses roughly 30% of the time, his deep routes were substantially limited against San Francisco. Austin ran a number of double-moves that brought him from the sideline across the middle of the field as well as quite a few quick slants in an effort to split the safety and cornerback covering him. His first touchdown came on a short pass that Austin was able to quickly turn upfield and out run the 49ers defense for a 55 yard score. His second touchdown came when backup quarterback Jon Kitna found him wide open in the back of the end zone. Austin's best catch came on his third touchdown of the day. On the play, Austin made a tough catch in tight coverage at the left sideline. He fought to regain his balance, turned upfield, and dove across the goalline for the score. Later in the game Austin re-aggravated his injured hamstring on his final touch, a carry that resulted in a two yard loss and a fumble before the Cowboys kicked a field goal to force overtime.
2011 Week 6 vs NE (10 / 7 / 74 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin returned to the lineup with a solid game against the Patriots. Despite being covered by a corner to the outside and a safety to the inside on most plays (particularly those where Jason Witten stayed in-line as a blocker), Austin was able to spring free for a handful of nice gains. He did not show any adverse effects from a leg injury that sidelined him earlier this season. Austin primarily ran deep crossing routes and quick slants on the left side of the field. Tony Romo clearly trusts Austin to make plays in traffic as many of his targets came on balls threaded between two and three defenders. The Cowboys did a nice job running Austin in to open areas of the defense, primarily finding him as the target when the Patriots were in zone coverage and Austin's route running allowed him quickly to create space away from the man defending him.
2011 Week 7 vs STL (5 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin was fairly quiet against the Rams as the Cowboys chose to run the ball 33 times versus only 24 passes. As the game progressed, Austin became less of a factor as quarterback Tony Romo favored throwing the ball to Jason Witten and Dez Bryant outside the hashmarks. As has become his usual role, Austin spent much of the day running crossing routes, drag routes, and deep crosses. With Demarco Murray shredding the Rams defense between the tackles, the Cowboys passing game looked to the outside where Austin simply doesn't run.
2011 Week 8 vs PHI (3 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)
Like Dez Bryant, Miles Austin did not get involved in the passing game until the Eagles had logged an insurmountable lead. Held without a catch in the first half, Austin was continually frustrated as he ran deep posts and short drag routes. Regardless of where he was on the field, Austin was almost always covered tightly by the Eagles corners. When Austin did finally come alive in the second half, he was able to make three catches in the short field where the Eagles were playing a soft zone. By that point, Philadelphia was moved to a zone scheme that prevented the big play downfield. For the first time all season, Austin looked out of sorts from the first snap. He had difficulty getting off the line of scrimmage and Tony Romo quickly quit looking his direction in the early going. Austin finished with three catches but had very little effect on the outcome of the game.
2011 Week 9 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
Austin was largely quiet against the Seahawks but did have one of the better catches of the game early in the second quarter. On the play, he lined up to the right side and made a quick move to the outside before darting up the sideline. Quarterback Tony Romo threw a high, arcing pass between two Seattle defenders. Austin caught the ball in stride and gained 37 yards. Unfortunately, he hurt his hamstring on the play and did not return.
2011 Week 14 vs NYG (7 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin returned to action and looked decent in this outing. He lacked his usual game speed, which will undoubtedly return after a few games, but was more than agile enough. Austin caught a strike from Romo in the red zone on a designed rollout, attacking the football at the pylon. Austin could have streaked down the sideline for a potential game-ending score, but Romo overthrew him ever so slightly. Austin did catch a pair of nice seam passes as the Cowboys drove to get into field goal range. His owners have to be pleased with how spry he looked in his return; the main concern is his usage with Robinson and Bryant also to contend with.
2011 Week 15 vs TB (8 / 5 / 53 / 1 rec)
Austin started the game off with a bang, and his first reception of the day was the eight yard TD pass from Romo in the first quarter. On the play, Austin was well covered, but he displayed that 'my ball' mentality that we love to see in an NFL receiver, wrestling it away from the defender and coming down with it for the score. He opened the next series with an uncharacteristic drop on an eight yard comeback, but it didn't hurt the drive and the Cowboys eventually scored again. His longest catch of the day was in the third quarter, after Romo had fumbled away a TD to Tampa. It was a short slant route that Austin grabbed for 19 yard catch and run. He was also targeted later in the drive on a five yard comeback route, but Romo lofted the ball too high and it fell incomplete. Austin was wide open on the play and it would have easily led to another TD. Instead, the Cowboys settled for a field goal and Austin was not really targeted the rest of the day.
2011 Week 16 vs PHI (8 / 4 / 40 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin did very little in the passing game on Saturday. McGee struggled heavily against a good pass rush from PHI and he failed to connect with Austin on a lot of his pass attempts. Austin was able to haul in a high pass over the middle from QB McGee on a rollout and gain some extra yards. Austin was the benefit of great throwing on the run and he picked up a big first down for his team. Austin later caught a very well thrown pass on a corner route, getting just enough separation for McGee to throw into. Austin was never able to turn any of this plays into big plays and the downfield attempts from McGee were not there. Austin scored for DAL in garbage time during the final few seconds and bizarrely spiked the ball despite the huge deficit. He caught a short out pattern near the goal line and simply turned slightly upfield to score to prevent the shut out.
2011 Week 17 vs NYG (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin's value took a big hit with the emergence of WR Robinson and is the #3 WR right now on this team. Romo was looking at Bryant, Witten and Robinson heavily in this game and Austin could not get much of a look in. Romo was targeting elsewhere for most of the game and the Cowboys don't put Austin in positions to take advantage of 1 on 1 match ups. Romo was under pressure heavily in the first half and every Dallas receiver took a hit as a result. However, once the Cowboys were forced to press harder, Romo went to this go to guys which does no longer include Austin right now. As long as Bryant and Robinson remain on this game, Austin's potential is severely limited and he's unlikely to duplicate previous years in terms of production.
2010 Week 1 vs WAS (11 / 10 / 146 / 1 rec)
Can also be pronounced Miles Awesome. He showed exactly why the Cowboys signed him to a huge contract extension. He caught everything that was thrown his way. He consistently beat DeAngelo Hall or whatever other CB was covering him and made a number of first downs. He broke a few tackles and showed his run after the catch ability with his longest reception going for 30 yards. He was targeted near the end zone early in the game on a WR screen but after a penalty and a missed FG the Cowboys came away with nothing. His touchdown came on a four yard play action slant after the safety bit on the run fake.
2010 Week 2 vs CHI (15 / 10 / 142 / 0 rec)
Austin had ten catches again in week 2 against the Chicago Bears. He was targeted often by quarterback Tony Romo regardless of down and distance and was effective against both single and double coverage. Austin's worst moment came on a near-catch of a Tony Romo pass that was thrown behind him in double coverage. Austin got a hand on the ball but it deflected in to the hands of Bears defender DJ Moore. Otherwise, Austin was able to be effective both to the outside on deep patterns and across the middle on quick slants and hooks. Much of Austin's success Sunday came from his precise route running as much as anything else. Despite already being successful as a receiver, Austin's routes are getting better and better as he not only is making precise cuts but also is changing up his speed in and out of cuts to throw the defender off balance. It isn't an exaggeration to say Austin is one of the game's best receivers right now, mostly owing to his route-running effectiveness.
2010 Week 3 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin had a quiet day against the Texans in catching only two balls. HE was double-covered regularly and, on more then one occasion, Houston had a linebacker to his inside, a safety deep, and a corner even with him pre-snap. As a result, Tony Romo was likely already thinking about other options by the time the ball was snapped. Austin did have a great catch, however, that sert up Marion Barber's touchdown. On the play, Austin was lined up to the left side and ran a quick hook about 10 yards downfield. Romo threw the ball at high velocity right to Austin, who caught it and fought his way up-field for three more yards to set up first and goal.
2010 Week 5 vs TEN (12 / 9 / 166 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Austin had another great game against the Titans on Sunday. He was targeted all over the field by quarterback Tony Romo. Austin's best catch came on an impressive grab was on a deep throw down the middle by Tony Romo that saw Austin jump at the Tennessee 45 between two defenders, haul in the tough catch, and then race to the end zone for a touchdown. Austin is being targeted most often on quick slants to the middle of the field but is also seeing the ball on hitches and bubble screens. He also received one carry for four yards on an end around.
2010 Week 6 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Austin saw very limited action for the Cowboys in this game. He had just one reception in the first half. A short check-down reception for just four yards on the opening drive. He was also flagged for a an excessive TD celebration on the first TD pass to Roy Williams. Austin came up behind the 6'3" Williams after the TD and leapfrogged over his head in a standing position. While a nice display of acrobatics and athleticism, it was uncalled for and cost the Cowboys 15 yards on the following kickoff. When the kickoff went out of bounds, the Minnesota had the ball on the Dallas 45 to open the drive. It didn't result in any points, but it cost the Cowboys any momentum that the TD reception had given them. Austin had a nice 68 yard catch and run for a TD in the second quarter, but it was called back because he pushed off the defender as he broke to the middle of the field and the defender fell down. Austin was used more as a decoy in this game, motioning or lining up in the backfield on short rushing plays, then breaking toward the outside as the RB took the ball up the middle. The Cowboys did this a few times, and it seemed to get them the 1-3 yards that they needed every time.
2010 Week 7 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Austin dropped his first two passes including one which would have been close to a touchdown. His first catch was a 15 yard pass from Romo on the play that Romo got hurt. Austin's numbers were hurt by the fact that the game was very one sided and that the Cowboys were forced to play with Jon Kitna at QB for the last 3 quarters. Kitna heavily favored Witten and did not show any real chemistry with Austin.
2010 Week 8 vs JAX (12 / 7 / 117 / 0 rec)
Austin had another excellent game for the Cowboys on Sunday against the Jaguars. Despite starting the game facing double-coverage, the emergence of Dez Bryant as a capable receiver outside the hashmarks helped pull coverage from the safety away from Miles Austin in the second half of the game. As a result, Austin was able to finish the day over 100 yards yet again. Austin's good day could have been even better as his best play of the game came on an incompletion in the back of the endzone. On the play, quarterback Jon Kitna threw the ball to a streaking Austin in the middle-back portion of the endzone. Austin elevated behind three defenders and clearly caught the ball but was unable to get his right foot down in bounds. Austin is being utilized on routes all over the field but has been sent deep more often in the last three games then earlier in the season. Most likely, Dez Bryant's presence, the lack of a running game, and Jason Witten and Roy Williams being so effective between the hash-marks is allowing Austin to run go routes more this year then last.
2010 Week 9 vs GB (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
For the 2nd time in the past 3 games (since Tony Romo went out with his injury) Miles Austin took a backseat to rookie WR Dez Bryant in Jon Kitna's pecking order. Austin was targeted a handful of times but managed to grab just 2 balls on the evening. The once lock for serious WR production is looking sketchy at best right now playing in the suddenly lifeless Cowboys offense.
2010 Week 10 vs NYG (3 / 2 / 68 / 1 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin had as productive a game as could have been expected considering quarterback Jon Kitna was spreading the ball around to his receivers so effectively. Austin was only targeted 3 times on the day but converted one long pass for a 44 yard gain and another for a 24 yard touchdown wherein he split the defense and made a leaping catch in stride for a score. Austin was lined up often in the slot on the left side of the line although this position did not result in any catches. He did have a rush attempt on an end around but the play resulted in no-gain. Aside from Jon Kitna spreading the ball around so well, Austin suffered from often running deep or multi-move routes that did not have sufficient time to develop before his quarterback had sensed pressure and looked to another option.
2010 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 2 / 7 / 2 rec)
Austin only had two catches on Sunday against the Lions. Fortunately, both were touchdown receptions. Not surprisingly, Austin is being double covered by one cornerback at the line of scrimmage and one safety over the top on most every snap. As a result, his downfield opportunities are starting to go to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Austin is also serving as a valuable decoy in opening short passes for Witten and Roy Williams. On more than one occasion, a streaking Austin forced the defense to fall back, allowing Jon Kitna to find an open receiver underneath. Both of Miles Austin's touchdowns came on short passes near the goalline. Each reception came on a quick toss that allowed Austin to gather in the ball before the cornerback's help could affect the play. On short catches such as these, Austin is using his body and athleticism to shield the ball from the defender and make a difficult catch look easy.
2010 Week 12 vs NO (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 60 / 1 rush)
Austin had just one short reception in the first quarter, and came down hard on his forearm when he was tackled. Austin went to the sidelines and then into the locker room for X-Rays. The tests were negative, and Austin returned to the game with his arm wrapped and was able to provide a big spark in the second half. On the second play of the second half, Austin took an end around and broke it for a big 60 yard TD. Austin took advantage of great down-field blocking from Roy Williams, Felix Jones and Jason Witten and put the Cowboys back in the game. Austin was targeted on two slant routes later in the game, but was unable to come up with a reception. He finished the game with just three catches, the longest being a 12 yard reception on the final drive of the second quarter.
2010 Week 13 vs IND (8 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Austin had a relatively quiet game against the Colts as the Cowboys took their early lead and tried to lean on the run game to burn the clock. Austin did have four receptions but only one went for long distance and that was a mere 22 yards. His other three catches went for 7, 7, and 11 yards respectively as he was wrapped up quickly after catching the ball. Austin is still primarily lining up to the right side and running a variety of go routes and deep crosses. On this day, however, his success came on a number of designed screens and quick slants on corner blitzes. Austin is no doubt still the Cowboys most dangerous receiver, especially now that Dez Bryant is lost for the season. That said, he is no longer catching multiple deep passes each week and making the defense pay for cheating up to the line of scrimmage and leaving him in single coverage.
2010 Week 14 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 26 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin had yet another frustrating day as the Cowboys struggled to move the ball more then a few yards at a time. Austin was targeted deep downfield on the left side twice; one pass resulted in an incompletion and the other was intercepted. The Cowboys did try to move Austin around, putting him on both sides of the field and in motion. His most productive play was a 24 yard rushing gain that came on a double-reverse. Otherwise, the Eagles did a spectacular job of picking him up at the line of scrimmage and rotating a safety over the top to keep Austin from breaking free. Austin was a willing blocker on running plays, however. His best contributions came on a pair of Felix Jones runs where Austin started in motion then stopped short of the line to help seal off the defensive end.
2010 Week 15 vs WAS (7 / 3 / 38 / 1 rec)
For the seventh week in a row, Austin finished with fewer then 5 catches. He has only eclipsed 47 yards once in that time frame. As it was last week, Austin's biggest problem comes from the fact that Jon Kitna does not hold on to the ball very long in the pocket. Whereas Tony Romo could often buy time with his feet to give Austin a chance to get downfield, Kitna gets rid of the ball as soon as he sees an open receiver regardless of down and distance. Austin's best catch came on an up and out pattern that resulted in a touchdown. On the play, Austin sold the out portion of his route before turning upfield and catching the ball in stride, uncovered, in the middle of the endzone.
2010 Week 16 vs ARI (13 / 6 / 115 / 1 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin returned to early season form against the Cardinals, in large part due to backup quarterback Stephen McGee taking over at halftime. Unlike starter Jon Kitna, McGee is more comfortable waiting in the pocket for Austin's route to develop downfield. Austin has shown that beating double-coverage near the line of scrimmage (a la Andre Johnson) is not his strong suit. Rather, Austin excels once he is able to get downfield and at full speed. He is excellent at finding seams between the corner and the safety and making tough catches on the run. With McGee under center, Austin was given the chance to catch the ball in stride and to race downfield on deep crosses, go routes, and out patterns. For the first time in a while, Miles Austin looked like the top tier receiver the Cowboys will need him to be if they are to close 2010 on a positive note and have a successful 2011.
2010 Week 17 vs PHI (3 / 2 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / -9 / 0 rush)
Miles Austin reeled in a pair of 31 yard catches in Week 17 against the Eagles. Austin had just three targets from backup QB Stephen McGee, who was enamored with checking down to TE Jason Witten for most of the afternoon. Austin did get a chance on an end around but it was defended well by CB Dimitri Patterson, resulting in a loss of nine yards on Austin's only carry in the season finale.
2009 Week 1 vs TB (2 / 1 / 42 / 1 rec)
Austin shrugged off a poor tackle attempt by Elbert Mack and made Jermaine Phillips completely whiff with a nice open field move on his catch and run TD near the end of the first half. Austin also got behind the defense on a deep target that Tony Romo overthrew. He looks like the designated deep target in this offense, but his production will be hit and miss unless Patrick Crayton gets hurt.
2009 Week 2 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Austin played more when Dallas put three wideouts on the field, which was not very often. The Cowboys used two TEs most of the game, but when Austin was targeted once he did grab it over the middle and picked up a big 20 yards. At WR3 for the Cowboys, Austin has very little upside unless Patrick Crayton or Roy Williams get demoted or injured.
2009 Week 4 vs DEN (8 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Just like the other Cowboys receivers, Austin was able to snare passes against soft coverage but could not pick up any yardage once the pass was complete. The Broncos linebackers did a good job in coverage, but had help from one of the most experienced secondaries in the league.
2009 Week 5 vs KC (15 / 10 / 250 / 2 rec)
Austin vaulted from obscurity to the front page of sports sections with a career day that could have been even more mind-boggling. He started quietly, but did get behind the defense in the end zone early, only to be slightly overthrown by Romo. Austin attempted to tip the ball to himself, but couldn't control the ball before he left the end zone. Austin threw a big block that foreshadowed the physical play that would make his banner day. He did his damage on short throws that he turned into long gains by breaking the initial tackle and then running away from the defense. He had two touchdowns (including the game-winner) and another long gain in this fashion. Austin also took a big hit to convert a big third-down over the middle and ripped away an underthrown deep ball from a defensive back for another long gain. Austin had at least two other end zone targets that were either poorly thrown by Romo or dropped - he could have had four touchdowns on the day if things had gone a little better.
2009 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 6 / 171 / 2 rec)
Austin dismissed any ideas that his breakout game vs. KC was a fluke with another dominant game. He got open deep and ran away from the safety. He got both feet down on a deep sideline throw. He worked the middle of the field and hands-caught bullets from Romo, and just like in the KC game, he broke a tackle to get free and score. He abused Brent Grimes on the way to that TD, pushing him around and drawing a penalty in the process. Austin's timing with Romo is impeccable right now, and while his current pace is unsustainable, it's hard to consider him anything less than a fantasy WR1 until we see otherwise.
2009 Week 8 vs SEA (7 / 5 / 61 / 1 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Austin continued to add to his new resume as "go to receiver" by catching 5 passes for 61 yards, including a 3 yard touchdown on a pass play that previously would have gone to Roy Williams. Austin is doing an excellent job getting off the line of scrimmage and has developed a rapport with Tony Romo in just a few weeks time as a starter. Romo and Austin excel when Austin is running hitch and go routes and deep slants. Austin's route running in the last three weeks has been the key to his production; he is finding ways to get open with his feet long before the ball gets to him. Once again on Sunday, most of his catches were made without a defender draped on him. Austin was also targeted twice more downfield on plays that were whistled for defensive interference.
2009 Week 9 vs PHI (4 / 1 / 49 / 1 rec)
Philadelphia's game plan in Week 9 was to take away both Miles Austin and TE Jason Witten as much as possible, and it almost worked. Austin was held to just one catch in Week 9 against Philadelphia, but it was a big one. Austin ran a "slant and go" route from midfield then got open for the catch halfway to the end zone, avoided two Eagles and dashed in for a 49-yard touchdown that put the Cowboys up for good at 20-13. Austin struggled against very good pass coverage but his one catch made all the difference for Dallas.
2009 Week 10 vs GB (9 / 4 / 20 / 0 rec)
The budding star WR is finding that being double-team is a tough assignment. Despite the added attention, Austin was open quite a few times and was again the most targeted Cowboy receiver. However he made a couple of mistakes that cost his team dearly. Austin miss-timed a jump for a pass in the red zone that would have been a TD and he dropped another pass in the 3rd quarter. A mixed bag all in all, finishing with just 4 short catches for 20 yards. This also marked the first time in 4 games that he was held without a TD.
2009 Week 11 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Once upon a time Miles Austin went from irrelevant to a hot waiver wire pickup, and now he is caught somewhere in between those two levels. Austin is being covered by defenses as though he was a WR1 and with good reason now, which is severely limiting his performances. Austin could not get open until the final play of the third quarter for a 23-yard gain, the first catch by any Dallas wideout in Week 11. Until Dallas figures out how to get Austin open he is far too unreliable to be a solid fantasy starter.
2009 Week 12 vs OAK (11 / 7 / 145 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin lit up a very good Oakland secondary on Thanksgiving, racking up 130 yards in the first two quarters. Austin broke off a 49-yard catch and run for his first grab on a slant from the left side of the formation and he never slowed down from there. Austin was moved all over the field so minimize Nnamdi Asomugha's coverage on him, and Tony Romo targeted Austin often when he had a favorable matchup. Austin was kept in check in the second half but the damage was done as he grabbed six of nine first half targets and found the end zone to help Dallas to the early lead.
2009 Week 13 vs NYG (12 / 10 / 104 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin was the workhorse wide receiver for Dallas against the Giants, grabbing short pass after short pass to help move the Cowboys down the field. Austin's longest catch of the day came late after the Giants were ahead by two touchdowns the defense was much softer, but then again New York was not really holding Dallas back through the air all game. Austin continues to be a reliable receiver both for fantasy and for Tony Romo.
2009 Week 14 vs SD (8 / 6 / 71 / 1 rec)
Austin wasn't heard from much in the first half, but still managed a game-high six receptions for 71 yards. As the Dallas running game experienced success early on, it softened up the defense a bit for guys like Austin to take advantage in the second half. He had one of the easiest touchdowns of his career, wide open in the back of the end zone after a fake draw handoff to Marion Barber. He also had a very difficult catch in the second half, a sliding grab over the middle for 21 yards into San Diego territory. Unfortunately for Austin, one of his longer receptions (a 14-yard pickup) resulted in the young receiver staying inbounds late in the fourth quarter. As the clock wound down, Dallas essentially ran out of time to muster much of a comeback.
2009 Week 15 vs NO (13 / 7 / 139 / 1 rec)
Miles Austin led the Dallas Cowboys to an impressive victory in Week 15 over the New Orleans Saints, getting off to a fast start with a nice stop-and-go route for a 49-yard touchdown in the opening quarter. Austin continued to get open down the field as he led the Cowboys in receiving yards, targets and catches on Saturday night. Austin had three catches for 20+ yards against the Saints including the touchdown and a 32-yard crossing route late in the fourth quarter that helped Dallas to keep the Saints' offense off of the field and prevent the comeback by New Orleans.
2009 Week 16 vs WAS (10 / 9 / 92 / 0 rec, 1 / -13 / 0 rush)
Austin was clearly Tony Romo's go to guy in week 16 and he turned in another excellent performance. The Cowboys got the ball in a variety of different ways to Austin throughout the game, but he was almost always targeted on shorter routes in space. The focus clearly being on allowing Austin to make moves in the open field and to utilize his run the after catch abilities. Austin did not disappoint reeling in 9 catches for 92 yards. He has also displayed a little more confidence in recent weeks, which may be limiting his dropsy's which plagued him a bit earlier in the season.
2009 Week 17 vs PHI (8 / 7 / 90 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin paced the Cowboys with his seven catches and 90 yards against the Eagles in Week 17, picking up four first downs on his seven grabs. Austin looked to be at full strength despite a nagging thumb injury as he worked the middle of the field for several big gains, highlighted by a 40-yard catch and run in the second quarter where CB Asante Samuel gambled on the pass but failed to pick it, opening up Austin for the big gain. Watch for more of the same in the Wild Card rematch on Saturday.
2009 Week 18 vs PHI (10 / 7 / 82 / 1 rec)
Austin had his strong regular season campaign spill over into the postseason. In addition to hurting the Eagles with a third down conversion on the game's first scoring drive, Austin drew the pass interference penalty to set up the score. He also had a long catch and run to set up the Cowboys FG to pull ahead by more than one score, and he scored their third TD on a quick pass deep in Eagles territory to put them up by 17.
2009 Week 19 vs MIN (8 / 4 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Austin had a relatively quiet day against Minnesota, catching only 4 balls for with a long gain of 12. Austin's best catch came on a heads up play where the Tony Romo pass was tipped up by Jason Witten. Austin, in the area, quickly keyed in on the ball and outjumped the defense for the reception, eventually turning upfield for a 7 yard gain. Otherwise, his effect was limited as the entire Cowboy offense struggled.
2008 Week 3 vs GB (3 / 2 / 115 / 1 rec)
WR Miles Austin, only playing because WR Sam Hurd was inactive, made the most of his opportunity by hauling in two long passes including a 52 yard touchdown that clinched the win for the Cowboys. Austin looked speedy and was reliable as a deep threat for QB Tony Romo, as the top two Dallas receivers were unable to get anything going in the victory.
2008 Week 4 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 45 / 1 rec)
As teams continue to double both Witten and Owens the Cowboys are forced to give their third receiver some targets. Austin continues to run nice routes and has improved his catching abilities. Late in the fourth quarter Austin scored against the Washington prevent defense when the game was virtually over.
2008 Week 5 vs CIN (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Austin muffed a TD catch in the fourth quarter that fell in the hands of Patrick Crayton.
2008 Week 6 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 14 / 1 rec)
Playing as the third wide receiver in the Cowboys offense Austin only saw limited action, but he did make an impact with his only reception. He ended the opening drive of the second half by catching a perfectly thrown pass just inside the pylon for a touchdown to give the Cowboys a seven point lead.
2008 Week 7 vs STL (3 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Austin was not used much during the early parts of this game. His three targets came in the fourth quarter when the Cowboys needed points through the air. Austin continues to run nice routes and has improved his catching abilities. His first catch he displayed some nice run after the catch ability as he busted it up the middle of the field for a 36 yard gain.
2008 Week 11 vs WAS (3 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
During this game Austin saw the field a little more then in past games so far. He made some clutch possession type receptions on third down. The first one was a well run corner route where he showed nice hands to make the reception. His last catch of the game on a third and seven set up the eventual winning touchdown. It is possible that he may see more playing time going forward and may have passed Crayton on the depth chart. It will be worth watching.
2008 Week 15 vs NYG (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Austin's only catch came near the end of the third quarter and went for a gain of 23 yards. In addition to his plays on offense, he also averaged 25 yards on three kickoff returns.
2008 Week 16 vs BAL (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Miles Austin only saw one target, on a deep pass that was overthrown. Had Austin been able to come up with the ball he had a clear patch to the end zone.
2007 Week 12 vs NYJ (2 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
Austin caught his first passes of the season and showed good speed and ability to run after the catch.
2007 Week 17 vs WAS (5 / 1 / 35 / 0 rec)
Austin shared the target lead on the team. Four of his five targets came off the arm of Brad Johnson. His only catch was long enough to earn him a second place finish in receiving yards for the Cowboys.