Monday, October 12, 2009

Cowboys will use Austin more

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 12, 2009 4:25 PM ET When you catch ten passes, gain 250 yards, and score twice in a single game, people tend to take notice.

That's why Cowboys receiver Miles Austin is on Sportscenter Monday night, why he's going to be picked up in all fantasy leagues, and why the Cowboys will find a way to play him more often going forward.

(Imagine if Austin didn't drop two touchdowns, and miss another scoring chance against Kansas City.)

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips wouldn't use the word "starter" when discussing Austin Monday, but he said Austin will see just as much playing time in Dallas' next game as he did against the Chiefs. When he started. And played almost every snap.

"He did the things we thought he could," Phillips said. "You're not going to make 250 yards every time, but he's going to have a chance to make big plays again."

Austin brings an element of speed to a wide receiver group that is sorely lacking it, even when Roy Williams is healthy.

Williams has gained 412 receiving yards in 14 games since Jerry Jones acquired him before the trading deadline in 2008.