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A Season In Review: Miles Austin


The “A Season In Review” series continues today with Miles Austin. Since signing his huge contract extension, Austin has been basically awful for the Dallas Cowboys. Because of his subpar play over the past two seasons, it comes by no surprise that he is on the outs in Dallas. I fully expect Dallas to cut the oft-injured receiver.

In 2010, Austin was thriving with Tony Romo. But, he had numerous setbacks because of ongoing hamstring injuries. Many forget that Austin had a 200-yard game against the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2010. It looked as if Austin would be a contributor in Big D for the long run. But things took a turn for the worse after the Monmouth product signed a massive contract extension. Let’s take a look Austin’s stats in 2013:

(all stats courtesy of NFL.com)

  • 24 receptions
  • 244 receiving yards
  • 0 touchdowns (Yes, you read that right.. ZERO touchdowns!)

I will be honest… Austin looked like he would have a breakout season after week one’s matchup against the New York Giants. In that game, Austin caught 10 passes for 72 yards. In what has become an enigma, it is sad that Austin is a shell of his former self. Many Cowboy fans are still enamored by how good he was in his first few years in the league. But since, he has had little production.

It wasn’t surprising that Tony Romo and Austin were good friends early in their careers. Both are undrafted, and both have always played with a chip on their shoulders. They have a ton of similarities. I fully believe Austin had some more nagging injuries in 2013, but he continued to play through them anyway. Like Austin, Romo has always played with numerous injuries. In 2013, their relationship seem like it faltered.

Final Grade: F

Austin will most likely not be on the team in 2014. His cap hit in 2014 is just too much for the Cowboys, even with the new salary cap. Also, rookie Terrance Williams already surpassed Austin in the depth chart for next year. The writing is on the wall in Dallas, and it’s only a matter of time until Austin gets cut. He will most likely be designated as a June first cut meaning the Cowboys would be able to save even more money.

To check out my previous piece in the “A Season In Review” series, check out my article on Terrance Williams here.

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  • Old Frog

    New rallying cry for the Cowboys’ FO should be, “Remember Austin, remember Ratliff, remember Spencer, remember Carr…” We can only hope, “Remember Romo” won’t be added to the list.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. I’m not going to give up on Carr just yet. Make-or-break year for him though.

  • SmartThinking

    Another WR Jones paid multi-millions for and who ended up a bust.

    This has got to stop or this team will never get out of debt!

    It’s Jones’ fault. He makes the final decision on every player coming or going. He should have parlayed Austin two years ago when his injuries weren’t as well advertised. Now, we’ll pay for Austin for at least another year. Maybe more.

    • Ryan Ratty

      Thanks for the comment. It’s going to be hard with Jerry running the team. But it’s getting to the point where he is running out of options. Don’t be surprised to see a GM come into play. My guesses are Will McClay or Troy Aikman.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Time to move on from Miles. Should have moved to WR starved teams like the Jets two years ago.