After two (or was it three?) catchable and dropped passes in the end zone, admit it, you started yelling at the parlor wall phrases such as “bench him!” and “his hands suck!” Meanwhile, Austin simply turned his fortune around and had the most productive day of any Cowboys receiver in history.
Obviously, Austin proved something yesterday; he should start. The knee-jerk reaction would be “make him the number one receiver.” Not yet my friend. He deservers the number two spot. This should have happened months ago. It’s astonishing that coaches, especially Ray Sherman, would not give Austin the opportunity. During training camp, Sherman stated that Patrick Crayton was the unquestioned number two receiver. From all the articles and blogs I read, it was clear that Austin and Sam Hurd were having better camps than Crayton. Why not give them a shot? After all, this is Austin’s fourth year; he is not a green rookie, he has the speed, give him the opportunity. As Austin proved yesterday, players need chances.
Also, it’s not as if Crayton has been lighting it up. He has not even been average this year. Move him to the slot where his craftiness makes him a threat. Austin’s size, speed, and potential are just too intriguing. Don’t get me wrong. Austin will not have another 10 catch, 250 yard game any time soon, but if he can get 5-6 catches and 60 to 70 yards a game, he deserves to be the number two. If he can get 7-8 catches and 80-90 yards a game, he should supplant Roy Williams.