The Eagles have released Austin, philly.com reports. Austin, who was inactive Sunday against the Patriots, caught 13 passes for 224 yards and a TD in 11 games for the Eagles this season. The 31-year-old will now look to catch on with a team in need of wideout depth down the stretch.
Austin was inactive in Sunday's 35-28 win over the Patriots. This was the first time Austin was among the Eagles' inactives all season. After the team signed wide receiver Jonathan Krause during the week, Krause was active and had a six-yard catch against his former team, and head coach Chip Kelly was effusive in his praise of Krause's work ethic and ability. Krause's arrival and success might spell the end of Austin's productive time in Philadelphia, especially considering Krause is significantly younger than Austin, a veteran.
Austin dropped his only target of the game in Sunday's 45-17 loss to the Buccaneers. After a surprisingly hot start to the season, Austin has one catch in the Eagles' past three games. With tight ends Zach Ertz and Brent Celek contributing more in the air, and the Eagles' offense continuing to struggle in terms of finding a rhythm, Austin's production has plummeted. He also had problems with dropping passes in the Eagles' loss to the Dolphins, and has seen his role in the offense minimized in recent weeks.
Austin didn't catch a pass despite seeing a number of targets in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Dolphins. After an unexpected strong start to the season, Austin has hampered the Eagles' offense in recent weeks, no more than when he failed to haul in a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Dolphins. He continues to see plenty of targets, from both Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez, but Austin's ability to turn those targets into production has wavered, and, on Sunday, disappeared entirely. With Bradford's status in question for Week 11, Austin's value is extremely limited against Tampa Bay.
Austin caught one pass for 27 yards in Sunday's 33-27 win over the Cowboys. Before the Eagles' bye week, Austin was excelling and fellow wide receiver Jordan Matthews couldn't catch a pass. In the Eagles' first game after the week off, however, the script was reversed. Austin caught just one of three targets, and Matthews was the game-breaking wideout the Eagles expect him to be. With quarterback Sam Bradford involving running backs and tight ends in the passing game pretty heavily, Austin's role will probably be limited at best going forward.
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