The Dallas Cowboys added another defensive lineman as they continue to struggle with injuries. This time they signed Marvin Austin, a defensive tackle formerly with the New York Giants, who cut him at the end of training camp. Austin was then signed by the Miami Dolphins in September and released after two games.
“He’s a good player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Monday, via the Dallas Morning News. “He’s a guy we thought a lot of coming out of school. He’s one of those guys we kept our eye on.
“Obviously our situation on the defensive line, we’ve had a lot of different injuries up there, so you look at the landscape of personnel and see you who can bring in and try to help your football team. He’s in pretty decent shape because he’s been in training camp and been playing. We’d like to tap into some of that ability that caused him to be such a high draft pick.”
Austin was a second-round pick in the 2011 draft out of North Carolina.
“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,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. ”Give the guy an opportunity. If he comes in here and buys into what Rod’s doing, he can certainly help us out.”