The Dallas Cowboys patchwork defensive line has a new patch, in defensive tackle Marvin Austin.
Austin was selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. He missed his rookie season with a chest injury before appearing in eight games in 2012. He was among the Giants’ final cuts in camp this year, signed on with the Dolphins in September and, after playing in two games, was cut a week ago.
In his two games with Miami, Austin recorded just one tackle, but it went for a loss.
On Monday, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones told 105.3-FM The Fan that Austin has been on the Cowboys’ radar since he came out of North Carolina two years ago.
“He has moved around a little bit, but we had him as a guy we liked if we had been in the 4-3,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Had we been running the 4-3, we had him as a second-round type of talent. Rod [Marinelli], evidently at Chicago, worked him out as well. And they had him high on their board. We’re going to give the guy a shot here, just as we have throughout the season, going all the way back to training camp to the George Selvies of the world. Give the guy an opportunity. If he comes in here and buys into what Rod’s doing, he can certainly help us out.”
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