Austin wrapped up the 2019 season with 13 catches on 24 targets for 177 receiving yards and a touchdown, adding 47 rushing yards and another score on six carries. While the veteran speedster saw nearly three times as many snaps on offense under new OC Kellen Moore than he did the season before, Austin did little with the extra opportunities, winding up with nearly identical production to 2018, when he totaled 195 scrimmage yards and two TDs. He's also no longer much of a threat in the return game -- he managed only 84 yards on punt returns this year, and his last return for a touchdown came in 2015 with the Rams. An unrestricted free agent, Austin could be brought back as wideout depth if Amari Cooper and Randall Cobb wind up signing elsewhere, but he's unlikely to be a major factor in whichever offense he finds himself in next season.
Austin caught one of two targets for five yards during Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Austin played only 16 offensive snaps, his lowest snap total since Week 12. The 29-year-old has 12 receptions for 176 yards and one touchdown this season.
Austin caught his only target for a 59-yard touchdown in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams. He also gained three yards on two carries. The Cowboys leaned heavily on their running game, as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard each ran for over 100 yards and combined for three TDs, so there wasn't a whole lot of production left over for the team's wide receivers. Austin made his one opportunity in the passing game count, however. He found himself wide open after two Los Angeles defenders collided, and Dak Prescott got him the ball for an easy score. It was Austin's first receiving TD of the year, adding to a rushing touchdown he scored Week 7 against next Sunday's opponents, the Eagles.
Austin was unable to bring in either of his targets during Thursday's 31-24 loss to Chicago. Austin was unable to build on his Week 13 two-catch performance and now has not touched the ball on offense in four of Dallas' six games since its bye. The Cowboys are still in the thick of the race in a weak NFC East, but the offense hasn't shown the life it had earlier in the season against a murderer's row of pass defenses over the past three weeks, resulting in losses to New England, Buffalo, and Chicago. The challenges, and potential struggles, continue Sunday as Austin and the Cowboys take on the league's 10th-ranked pass defense in the Rams.
Austin caught two of his five targets for 22 yards during Thursday's 26-15 loss to Buffalo. Austin's receptions were his first since a five-catch performance in Week 6, although he had two rushes for 27 yards and a touchdown since then. The speedster is an incredibly risky play no matter the opponent, although the Cowboys have walked into the pass-defense equivalent of a buzz saw lately. As luck would have it, the team's next opponent offers yet another difficult matchup Thursday, as Dallas takes on Chicago's ninth-rated pass defense.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/14||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|5||10/11||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|15||12/21||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|17||01/03||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|3 Year Avg||20||11||121||1||5||11.00||34|