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Miles Austin.. (1 Viewer)

He's the third receiver and fourth receiving option for now. Provided that Sam Hurd comes back at full strength, he'll slip a spot on the depth chart when Hurd comes back. I wouldn't expect much more out of him than he got last night.

 
Pretty sure he worked his way ahead of Hurd before the injury. In fact, I think he distanced himself and was pressuring Crayton. He had a nice camp before the injury and should be WR3 and have some nice moments this season. He was raw three years ago, but he's a bit of a beast starting to put things together.

 
He was battling Hurd pretty hard for the #3 spot in camp before they both got hurt.. Austin has great physical skills and may develop into something down the road, but I wouldn't expect much out of him this year. Like the previous poster stated, he's the 4th option at best. He may be good for 1or 2 50+ yard bombs, but I wouldn't expect any kind of consistency out of him.

 
Pretty sure he worked his way ahead of Hurd before the injury. In fact, I think he distanced himself and was pressuring Crayton. He had a nice camp before the injury and should be WR3 and have some nice moments this season. He was raw three years ago, but he's a bit of a beast starting to put things together.
There's no way that he was pressuring Crayton. I may shortsell him re: Hurd because I think Hurd's the better player, but he hadn't clearly established dominance at the #3 spot before Hurd went down.
 
From the Dallas Morning news blog on 8/17 when Austin went down.

Sam Hurd had been the No. 3 receiver anyway, although Austin had been on the rise since camp started. But now guys like Isaiah Stanback, Mark Bradford, Danny Amendola, Daniel Polk, Mike Jefferson and Todd Lowber move up a step.
From the Dallas Morning News blog on 8/31 when Hurd went down.
Sam Hurd is out from two to four weeks with a high ankle sprain and that problem, more than the injuries to Stanback and Austin, forces the Cowboys to have concern about their wide receiver position.Mike Jefferson and Danny Amendola, who were signed to the practice squad today, should be active for Sunday's game at Cleveland, unless the team signs another wide receiver.Hurd is the most accomplished receiver on the squad behind T.O. and Crayton and with him about to about the end of the month, it raises concerns.
 
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I can say that Austin impressed me much more than Hurd in preseason. He was a return guy that has emerged and catches the ball well with his hands. Austin is a young receiver from a small school (Monmouth) that could be a deep sleeper by 09, imo. I know that might be asking too much, but he looks good when I see him play. Hurd looks to be a perennial WR4 to me while Austin looks like he might have upside.

 
I can say that Austin impressed me much more than Hurd in preseason. He was a return guy that has emerged and catches the ball well with his hands. Austin is a young receiver from a small school (Monmouth) that could be a deep sleeper by 09, imo. I know that might be asking too much, but he looks good when I see him play. Hurd looks to be a perennial WR4 to me while Austin looks like he might have upside.
It's a fair debate. Austin certainly had a better preseason. Personally, I put zero stock in the preseason. But, I'm a gigantic Cowboys homer that doesn't follow the rest of the league as much as I probably should, so maybe I'm missing something. From watching/reading about them constantly the last two years, I'm more sold on Hurd right now. I don't think either are going to develop into more than a WR3, at least not for the Dallas Cowboys as they're currently configured. I'm also holding out some hope that Stanbeck will push both of them. He's the most gifted athlete of the three.
 
I can say that Austin impressed me much more than Hurd in preseason. He was a return guy that has emerged and catches the ball well with his hands. Austin is a young receiver from a small school (Monmouth) that could be a deep sleeper by 09, imo. I know that might be asking too much, but he looks good when I see him play. Hurd looks to be a perennial WR4 to me while Austin looks like he might have upside.
It's a fair debate. Austin certainly had a better preseason. Personally, I put zero stock in the preseason. But, I'm a gigantic Cowboys homer that doesn't follow the rest of the league as much as I probably should, so maybe I'm missing something. From watching/reading about them constantly the last two years, I'm more sold on Hurd right now. I don't think either are going to develop into more than a WR3, at least not for the Dallas Cowboys as they're currently configured. I'm also holding out some hope that Stanbeck will push both of them. He's the most gifted athlete of the three.
I respectfully disagree. Hurd did not have a great camp and has not really progressed as much as Austin. Austin really improved his hands and route running (he already has good speed) in the off season. Austin is the #3 WR on this team and will be used much like how you saw him against the Pack. He will get VERY few looks, but the ones he will be deep shots taking advantage on 1 on 1 coverage.
 
I can say that Austin impressed me much more than Hurd in preseason. He was a return guy that has emerged and catches the ball well with his hands. Austin is a young receiver from a small school (Monmouth) that could be a deep sleeper by 09, imo. I know that might be asking too much, but he looks good when I see him play. Hurd looks to be a perennial WR4 to me while Austin looks like he might have upside.
:confused: Correct.
 
Austin has always been a size/speed freak (see his past KO returns for evidence), but this year he finally looked like a natural catching the ball in the preseason. I think it won't be long before he passes Crayton on the depth chart. I'm even putting brakes on my Isaiah Stanback manlove because Austin is seizing the moment while Stanback is where Austin was a year or two ago.

 
Had my eye on this kid all offseason, had he not been injured in August I think you may have seen this week 1 but that's just speculation. Kid's got game, Crayton pales in comparison, and is a perfect compliment to TO.

Speaking of speculation I'll bet you see him as the primary #2 WR by the second half of the season. He's rostered in one my dyno's, but I'm irrate I missed him being dropped pre week 2 by an owner that had to activate someone off IR in my other. That owner added him back in waivers post week 2.

 
Way too much competition for that spot to make him rosterable, much less startable in any reasonable format.

 
Last year, I didnt think much of Austin. Yes, he's fast and has good size. But just didnt look like much of a player. Before Camp started, I thought he might get cut.

I saw him in preseason and realized immediately that I was watching a different guy. He was confident. He had a swagger. He was beating decent CBs regularly. He was catching well. He had some of the "IT" factor. I felt that he had surpassed Hurd.

Hurd, as others have stated, is an ok receiver. But he doesnt have very high of a ceiling. He's a lesser Patrick Crayton. He'll make some good catches, but will never really threaten a defense.

Stanback is a lot like Austin was a year ago. Except that you can more readily see the athleticism the guy has. When he played the first couple of games this year, I was impressed by what I saw. He's still coming, but I think he'll develop into a very good player in a year or so.

Austin has a higher ceiling than Crayton. He's really coming on. As mentioned earlier, it would not be a huge surprise if he moved ahead of Crayton into the starting lineup. Crayton is best in the slot. Austin is a better deep threat and is more likely to cause major problems for a defense who are focusing on TO, Witten and the RBs.

 
Last year, I didnt think much of Austin. Yes, he's fast and has good size. But just didnt look like much of a player. Before Camp started, I thought he might get cut.I saw him in preseason and realized immediately that I was watching a different guy. He was confident. He had a swagger. He was beating decent CBs regularly. He was catching well. He had some of the "IT" factor. I felt that he had surpassed Hurd.Hurd, as others have stated, is an ok receiver. But he doesnt have very high of a ceiling. He's a lesser Patrick Crayton. He'll make some good catches, but will never really threaten a defense.Stanback is a lot like Austin was a year ago. Except that you can more readily see the athleticism the guy has. When he played the first couple of games this year, I was impressed by what I saw. He's still coming, but I think he'll develop into a very good player in a year or so.Austin has a higher ceiling than Crayton. He's really coming on. As mentioned earlier, it would not be a huge surprise if he moved ahead of Crayton into the starting lineup. Crayton is best in the slot. Austin is a better deep threat and is more likely to cause major problems for a defense who are focusing on TO, Witten and the RBs.
Well done Ridgelake.This is about the same way that I would sum it up. Barring injury or a setback, Austin's playing time and targets will increase as the season wears on.And yes, Crayton is better suited in the slot, which is what he was before Terry Glenn went down over a year ago. Crayton really only got Glenn's spot by default at the time. He was just never challenged for it, until now. Hurd is no more than a 4th guy in a 4 receiver set here. There is still alot of hope for Stanback, but that's as far as it goes right now. He just isn't polished enough yet and the jury is still out.
 
while i agree that austin and crayton should flip-flop, i really don't see garrett rocking the boat unless something happens...i.e. barring some offensive struggle in game(s), expect the status quo.

 

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