Miles Austin never had it easy in the NFL. When he was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2006 by the Dallas Cowboys out of Monmouth University, almost no one knew who Austin was.
For three seasons Austin scrapped and fought his way on the playing field, first fielding kick-offs, then getting snaps on three receiver sets, and finally getting the starting position for the Cowboys in 2009.
After being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2010, Austin signed a six-year contract extension with the Cowboys.
Unfortunately for him, injuries hampered his progress, and over the next three seasons Austin struggled to stay on the field while dealing with a nagging hamstring injury.
With Austin out of the line-up consistently, Dez Bryant emerged as the new superstar receiver in Dallas, and in March, Austin was released by the team.
In May, the Cleveland Browns gave Austin a second chance in his NFL career when they signed him on a free-agent contract. Austin, who says he is finally healthy and ready to compete, is looking to prove himself yet again (Courtesy of news-herald):
I’m fortunate to be in this situation and have another opportunity to go out and prove myself again. I’m looking forward to the challenge. Regardless (the year), I always felt I had to go out and prove myself. I’m looking forward to going out and playing again.
I’m going to go out there and try my best whether I’m blocking, catching, being a good teammate or doing what needs to be done in the locker room or on the field. That’s really what my goal is. I try to do the things the right way, leading by example. Practice hard, showing up to work on time … things like that speak volumes and are positives for the locker room. If you practice hard, other people have to practice hard and the team gets better.
With Josh Gordon’s season in question and rookie Johnny Manziel potentially starting in week 1, a healthy Austin could provide a much needed spark for the Browns moving forward.