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Miles Austin | Wide Receiver

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/30/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 215
College: Monmouth
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Miles Austin secured 3-of-8 targets for 53 yards in the Browns' Week 7 loss to the Jaguars.
He finished second on the team in targets behind Andrew Hawkins' nine. Austin has been a somewhat useful role player in Cleveland's run-first attack, but offers zero fantasy upside. He's, at best, a WR5 in PPR leagues. Oct 19 - 4:55 PM

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Miles Austin caught 2-of-3 targets for 29 yards in Cleveland's Week 6 win over the Steelers.

A fairly-standard day for Austin in the Browns' run-heavy offense. He's a WR5/6 in standard leagues.
Oct 12 - 6:56 PM

Miles Austin caught 2-of-3 targets for 54 yards in the Browns' Week 5 win over the Titans.

With Jordan Cameron back to soak up seven targets, Austin operated as a role player in Cleveland's Week 5 offense. He's a low-ceiling WR5 heading into a Week 6 meeting with the division rival Steelers.
Oct 5 - 6:10 PM

Miles Austin caught six passes for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Browns' Week 3 loss to the Ravens.

His seven targets ranked second on the team behind only Andrew Hawkins' 10. Despite back-to-back stat lines of 6-44-1 and now 6-51-1, Austin will be tough for fantasy owners to hang onto entering Cleveland's Week 4 bye. As Jordan Cameron gets healthier, Austin's targets are likely to sink, perhaps considerably.
Sep 21 - 5:49 PM

Miles Austin caught six passes for 44 yards and one touchdown in the Browns' Week 2 win over the Saints.

With Jordan Cameron out, Austin (10) and Andrew Hawkins (12) combined to see 22 targets. Austin beat burn victim Patrick Robinson for an easy three-yard touchdown off play-action in the first quarter. He later had a big catch on the Browns' final game-winning drive, but also dropped a very catchable ball on a third down early on. Austin is an average talent at this stage of his career.
Sep 14 - 5:52 PM

Miles Austin caught 2-of-3 targets for 20 yards in the Browns' Week 1 loss to the Steelers.

Austin ended up tied for fourth in targets, drawing as many looks as Travis Benjamin, and half as many as UDFA Taylor Gabriel. With Brian Hoyer among the league's worst starting quarterbacks and Josh Gordon (suspension) potentially on the verge of a return, Austin isn't a must hold in 12-team leagues.
Sep 7 - 6:04 PM

Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins are projected as the Browns' starting wideouts.

Travis Benjamin, Charles Johnson and Taylor Gabriel fill out the five-man room. Expect OC Kyle Shanahan to go extremely run-heavy and build his pass game around TE Jordan Cameron, capping the upside of both receivers. 30-year-old Austin looked done in Dallas last year even after overcoming another hamstring issue, getting severely outplayed by Terrance Williams. Hawkins is an underrated asset, but is a role player limited by a 5'7/180 frame.
Aug 31 - 11:48 AM

Miles Austin caught 2-of-6 targets for 23 yards in Saturday's preseason game against the Rams

The low-conversion rate was mostly due to shaky-quarterback play from Brian Hoyer. Austin now has three catches for 36 yards through three preseason games. Middling numbers, but Austin has looked healthy and nimble. Inexplicably the Browns' No. 1 receiver, Austin has some late-round appeal as a guy who's going to play a lot of snaps and draw targets as long as he can keep his hamstrings healthy.
Aug 23 - 11:06 PM

Miles Austin remains penned in as a starting outside receiver.

While Josh Gordon is suspended, Austin will be the No. 1 outside receiver. That alone makes him a sleeper, but expectations should be held in check. Austin has been ineffective even when on the field over the last few years, and the Browns are going to play a Ground 'N Pound ball control style. Austin has played on 36 preseason snaps and produced one catch for 13 yards on three targets.
Aug 21 - 8:45 AM

Miles Austin caught one pass for 13 yards in Saturday's preseason opener.

As promised, Austin started opposite Josh Gordon. Austin drew three targets, and should have had a second catch. He muffed it with a horrific drop in the red zone, however. Regardless, the takeaway is that Austin started, and looked healthy. He could end up a late-round bargain in re-draft leagues.
Aug 9 - 11:49 PM

Miles Austin and Josh Gordon are listed as the starting receivers on the Browns' first depth chart of training camp.

Gordon will hold a top spot until his suspension appeal is resolved. Austin has managed to stay healthy the entire camp -- a huge feat for him -- and the coaches like where's he's at. Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins are listed as second-teamers, while super-sleeper Charles Johnson is on the fourth string behind Austin, Burleson, and Anthony Armstrong. If Gordon's suspension holds up, the Browns are expected to use a committee approach out wide.
Aug 5 - 9:44 AM

Browns OC Kyle Shanahan expects to use "receivers by committee" this season.

Shanahan did the same in D.C. in 2012 with Pierre Garcon hobbled; Josh Morgan was the Redskins' leading receiver, Santana Moss somehow scored eight TDs, and Aldrick Robinson and Leonard Hankerson played lots of snaps. Shanahan first named Miles Austin and Andrew Hawkins when discussing his receivers. He didn't address super-sleeper Charles Johnson specifically.
Jul 31 - 8:26 PM

Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns "feel good about where Miles Austin is health wise."

Austin could've used offseason reps learning a new offense in Cleveland, but sat out all of OTAs and minicamp for maintenance purposes. So the Browns will have to see if he has any gas left in the tank when they get camp underway this weekend. Austin looked done during his final days in Dallas. We'd rather target Jordan Cameron and Andrew Hawkins in fantasy drafts.
Jul 23 - 8:53 AM

Miles Austin's one-year contract with the Browns included a $300,000 signing bonus.

It's nothing to sneeze at, and it suggests the Browns will give Austin every possible opportunity to stick on the final roster. He'll have plenty of incentive as well thanks to a $1.7 million base salary. Austin's chronic hamstring issues have been well documented, but the Browns will be bordering on desperate at wideout if Josh Gordon is suspended for a full year. Austin is at least capable of beating out the likes of Nate Burleson, Earl Bennett, Charles Johnson and Travis Benjamin for significant snaps.
May 22 - 8:48 AM

Browns agreed to terms with WR Miles Austin, formerly of the Cowboys.

Castigated for failing to draft a wideout as they awaited word on the length of Josh Gordon's suspension, the Browns have finally added a body in the second-best receiver on the open market. That's not saying much, of course. Released on March 11, Austin had yet to make a single-known visit, and appeared to be at the end of the line last season. The Cowboys were a better team when he wasn't on the field. Positively racked by hamstring injuries, Austin turns 30 next month. In theory, he's an option on the outside, but he's best left in the slot at this stage of his career. That's a crowded position in Cleveland with Andrew Hawkins and Earl Bennett also competing. Austin is extremely unlikely to make a fantasy impact in 2014.
May 15 - 3:04 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Brian Hoyer
2Johnny Manziel
RB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3Terrance West
4Glenn Winston
GLB1Ben Tate
2Isaiah Crowell
3RB1Ben Tate
2Terrance West
FB1Kiero Small
WR11Andrew Hawkins
2Taylor Gabriel
3Rodney Smith
WR21Miles Austin
2Travis Benjamin
3Marlon Moore
WR31Taylor Gabriel
TE1Jordan Cameron
2Jim Dray
3Gary Barnidge
K1Billy Cundiff