PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 08: Miles Austin #19 of the Dallas Cowboys scores on a 49-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter against Quintin Mikell #27 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 8, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
In just a month's time, Miles Austin has emerged from the obscurity so closely related to being an undrafted free agent receiver, to being the de facto no. 1 receiver and a media darling, so to speak, on the most visible football team in the world.
There's good reason for the increased notoriety.
In his first career start, replacing the injured Roy Williams against Kansas City, Austin had a record-breaking coming out party, with 10 catches, a record 250 yards and two touchdowns. Since then, it seems as though the Monmouth product has been on a mission to prove that he was no flash in the pan. He put up two touchdowns against Atlanta, and added another in the team's rout of Seattle.
Over this span, Austin has endeared himself to fans in and out of Cowboys Nation, and media both local and national with his quiet, unpretentious approach to the game, and deft playmaking abilities. Ditto for fantasy football owners.
This increasing buzz around receiver manifested in double-coverage and constant attention against Philadelphia, which worked for most of the game. Austin had just one catch on Sunday, which speaks to the talent of Philadelphia's secondary; however, that one catch was a 49-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, ultimately the difference in the game.
It will not, in all likelihood, be the last time Austin sees such respect. Not at this rate, anyway.
"I don't care if he's making one play or 100 plays, if you're making the play that counts, you're going to be the guy,'' said Eagles' cornerback Ellis Hobbs, in the Dallas Morning News recently. "He deserves every accolade that he's getting right now. He's proving it every day."