CLEVELAND – With the Cleveland Browns heading into the bye week at 1-2, one of the bright spots on offense has been wide receiver, Miles Austin.
Austin, 30, an eight-year veteran most recently with the Dallas Cowboys, has emerged into quarterback Brian Hoyer’s go-to guy in the red zone and on third down.
In three games, the 6’2, 215-pound Austin leads the team in receiving touchdowns (2) on 14 receptions and 19 targets, has given the Browns the sure-handed veteran wide receiver that they thought they were getting in Davone Bess last season.
After having a breakout year in 2009 with the Cowboys in catching 81 passes for 1,320 yards and 11 touchdowns, injuries would take their toll on him, before getting cut by Dallas at the end of the 2013-14 season.
While fellow receiver, Andrew Hawkins leads the team in receptions (21), receiving yards (244) and yards per catch (11.6), it is Austin’s number that is often called when the Browns need a big catch to score or for a first down.
Austin’s sliding catch on a hook route on a third-and-one against the Saints on the left sideline, helped keep the Browns’ eventual game-winning drive alive. Per TeamRankings.com, Cleveland ranks 10th in red-zone scoring percentage at 61.5 percent, and Austin is a big reason behind that.
Based on Austin’s early-season production and the loss of fellow Pro Bowl wideout, Josh Gordon for ten games, there is no reason to believe why that will not continue.
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