The Cowboys have re-signed Austin, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft hasn't seen many passes thrown his way over the last couple of seasons, but the versatile offensive weapon's profile in the Dallas attack could expand some in 2019, with slot man Cole Beasley having signed with Buffalo. The 5-foot-8, 179-pounder spent most of last season dealing with a groin injury, logging just 14 touches in seven games in his first season with the Cowboys. However, if he can stay healthy, Austin -- who turns 29 on Friday -- could establish a degree of fantasy utility in deeper formats.
Austin played in only seven games in 2018, catching eight passes on 13 targets for 140 yards and two touchdowns while adding 55 yards on six carries on the ground. Brought over from the Rams in a draft-day trade, Austin had a quick start to his Cowboys tenure. He scored TDs in Weeks 2 and 3, but injuries and ineffectiveness soon ended any thought of the speedy receiver becoming a consistent threat, and his biggest impact after that came as a punt returner in the wild-card game win over the Seahawks. The 2013 first-round pick now heads into free agency with a very spotty resume, and while a return to Dallas is possible, he's not likely to be in very high demand.
Austin (groin) does not carry an injury designation for Saturday's divisional-round playoff game against the Rams, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports. Austing was a full participant in Thursday's practice after having been limited to begin the week. The 27-year-old is managing a groin issue that sidelined him for more than the first half of the regular season, and is on track to play through the injury versus the Rams on Saturday. Austin could see a slight uptick in snaps with Allen Hurns (ankle) now on injured reserve.
Austin (groin) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. It's the second limited practice in as many days for Austin, who is still receiving maintenance for the groin injury that sidelined him for more than half of the regular season. The 27-year-old was able to play in both of Dallas' last two games and isn't believed to have suffered a setback coming out of last weekend's wild-card win over Seattle, so the expectation is that he'll be ready to go for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the Rams. With Allen Hurns (ankle) moving to injured reserve earlier this week, Austin could see a slight uptick in snaps if he suits up.
Austin (groin) was limited during Tuesday's practice session, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports. Austin played through his groin injury in Saturday's wild-card win over the Seahawks, but he saw just nine snaps. His limited participation Tuesday bodes well for his ability to play in the divisional round against the Rams, though he may see limited snaps once again.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/30||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|5||10/06||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|6||10/13||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|9||11/05||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|12||11/24||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|15||12/15||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||47||26||232||2||11||8.92||53|