When totally healthy, Miles Austin has top-10 receiver potential.
His breakout season of 2009 displayed Austin's true capabilities and the 2010 campaign wasn't bad either.
Between both seasons he combined for 2,361 yards and 18 scores on 150 receptions.
Presenting great size at 6'2", 217 pounds, Austin has proven to draw double coverage, consistently dominant against single coverage and make plays after the catch. Averaging 15.6 yards per catch for his career, Austin's bread and butter is the intermediate level and getting upfield.
So, New York must honor his ability to find the soft spot between the zones with a nickel/dime package and roll a safety down while blitzing an inside linebacker. The downside of this leaves a cover 1/3 safety on an island if Austin runs a post or deep curl.
Also, as one of the more difficult receivers to tackle, any man coverage with zone help won't entirely slow Austin down. The best opportunity, however, is playing semi-press coverage with inside leverage to use the boundary as an extra defender while cover 2 is over top.
Fortunately for Dallas, Austin possesses the strength to create immediate separation and he's quicker than fast when given space.
The more situations where he's put inside with that size advantage and given chances downfield off play-action, the increased odds Big D has in getting a big Week 1 victory.
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