Will Miles Austin Go For 1,000 Yards in 2012?
Over at DallasCowboys.com, I projected Miles Austin’s stats for the season.
One of the keys to projecting Austin’s production is understanding where he positions himself on the field. As I mentioned in a previous article, Austin lined up in the slot on 44 percent of his snaps in 2011. Since the Cowboys used three-plus receiver sets on only 42 percent of their plays last season, you can see Austin is now the Cowboys’ full-time slot receiver (if you’re wondering, Austin’s slot rate is higher than the overall team rate of three-receiver sets because Austin often lines up in the slot in base packages with tight end Jason Witten outside).
Austin’s increase in snaps in the slot last year is reflected in his stats; in 2011, the average length of a pass to Austin was only 10.9 yards, ranking him just 90th in the NFL among wide receivers. Austin also posted only 13.5 yards-per-reception – down over two yards from his career mark of 15.6.
Read the whole post to find out why Austin may not reach 1,000 yards even if he stays healthy in 2012.