Dec 15, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Potential New York Jets: WR Miles Austin


There has been a lot of talk over the last several days has been about acquiring DeSean Jackson. We know Michael Vick wants to get it done, as does a lot of the Jets’ fan base. It’s not surprising, I mean, when have the Jets had this type of dynamic player on offense? Anyone want to guess? I can’t, as it has been quite some time.

But the possibility that remains as the elephant in the room is, what happens if we don’t get him? What if DeSean goes somewhere else? Who else can the Jets get to add to the wide receiver depth chart?

Enter Miles Austin.

Here are his career stats so far:

Receiving & Rushing

Receiving Rushing
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2006 22 DAL KR 14 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0 0 3 0
2007 23 DAL KR 19 16 0 5 76 15.2 0 35 0.3 4.8 76 0 0 1
2008 24 DAL KR 19 12 0 13 278 21.4 3 63 1.1 23.2 278 3 1 2
2009* 25 DAL WR 19 16 9 81 1320 16.3 11 60 5.1 82.5 2 -2 0 11 -1.0 -0.1 0.1 1318 11 1 11
2010* 26 DAL WR 19 16 16 69 1041 15.1 7 69 4.3 65.1 7 93 1 60 13.3 5.8 0.4 1134 8 1 10
2011 27 DAL WR 19 10 10 43 579 13.5 7 53 4.3 57.9 2 3 0 5 1.5 0.3 0.2 582 7 1 5
2012 28 DAL WR 19 16 15 66 943 14.3 6 49 4.1 58.9 943 6 1 7
2013 29 DAL WR 19 11 8 24 244 10.2 0 20 2.2 22.2 244 0 0 2
Career 106 58 301 4481 14.9 34 69 2.8 42.3 11 94 1 60 8.5 0.9 0.1 4575 35 8 38

These are the stats of a pretty good consolation prize, no?

He has actually scored more TD’s receiving (34), than DeSean Jackson (32). Austin is only one year removed from 66 catches for 943 yards and six touchdowns, so it is not as if he hasn’t played well in recent years.

Before that, he posted back to back seasons of 1,000 receiving yards (2009-2010). Austin posted 18 touchdowns over those two seasons as well. When healthy, he was a dynamic combination with Tony Romo in Dallas.

That’s the key. Is Miles Austin healthy? If you look at his stats, he has been a dynamic player when healthy. If not? Not so much.

Am I saying this guy is as good as DeSean Jackson? No. But, if Jackson goes elsewhere, and the Jets are looking for somewhere else to go, look to Miles Austin. He is a talented receiver in his own right, would come at a cheaper price, and not bring some of the concerns that Jackson does.

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