Miles Austin Fantasy News

Saturday, November 21, 2015, 10:52am - [Full Article]

To the unbiased observers, and especially the fans, it doesn't make sense.

Why is Eagles wide receiver Miles Austin getting more snaps per game than every other wide receiver, except Jordan Matthews?

Two people with knowledge of the situation, one who works for another team and one close to the Eagles, agreed on what is happening with Austin.

"You see it all the time, it's the classic case of guy gaining trust in the coaches,'' the man with another team said. "We have it here with a defensive player. Even though his backup is the better player, he plays because the coaches trust him to know the defense. It's got to be same thing going on (with Austin). The coaches know he's going to run the right routes and be in the right place all the time. Even though the other guys might be better, he's getting the time.''

Fantasy Impact:

After playing a limited amount of snaps the first month, Austin played 46 snaps against the Saints, more than Josh Huff (41) and Nelson Agholor (34); played 50 against the Giants, second most to Matthews' 62 (Agholor was out that game); 60 against the Panthers; a team-high 64 against the Cowboys; and 45 against the Dolphins when Agholor returned to the lineup. The thing is, Austin hasn't been great either. Agholor is getting healthier but has missed a lot of time and may be way behind in terms of reps and chemistry, however he should start to take some snaps away from Austin as the season goes along. Right now, only Matthews is a safe fantasy option.

Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:15pm

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (ankle) missed practice again Friday. Agholor’s ankle injury may keep him out of Week 6. The Eagles play on Monday night. The Eagles will turn to Josh Huff, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin to replace Agholor’s snaps.

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 6:18pm

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor (ankle) missed practice Thursday. Agholor’s ankle injury may keep him out of Week 6. The Eagles play on Monday night. The Eagles will turn to Josh Huff, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin to replace Agholor’s snaps.

Eagles Beat: 'Bit of a surprise' that WR Nelson Agholor played so much in Week 1

Friday, September 18, 2015, 11:38am - [Full Article]

Despite his first round draft status, it would have been a stretch to expect Nelson Agholor to make a splash in his first NFL appearance. The fact that he started and played 59 snaps - second only to Jordan Matthews' 63 - was a bit of a surprise.

But the extra playing time was likely because Kelly called for more passing than running plays. Matthews will be on the field either way. But Agholor and Miles Austin will likely be featured more on passing downs and the better-blocking Riley Cooper and Josh Huff on running downs.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor played 80 percent of the snaps and was only targeted twice, catching one pass for five yards. Agholor is bound to have some good games, but he's not off to a good start, production-wise.

Monday, August 3, 2015, 4:19pm - [Full Article]

Eagles camp notes from Monday:

- Jordan Matthews gets my “Camper of the Day” award. Practices that limit contact tend to highlight the passing game and those mostly involved, but Matthews had a standout performance by any estimate. He did most of his damage from the slot. I think we’ll see more of Matthews on the outside than we did last year, but why limit his effectiveness when there probably isn’t another option as comparable on the roster? Most of his catches came from Sam Bradford and there were a variety.

- DeMarco Murray was back in action after sitting out team and 7-on-7 drills yesterday. He said it was a coach’s decision to limit his action on the first day of camp. I’m not sure why he would need to rest after a six-week layoff, but he looked fine on Monday. He didn’t seem to go 100 percent when he was involved, but after last season when he logged almost 500 touches, it doesn’t seem necessary for Murray to push himself this early.

- A day after taking all of the first team repetitions at quarterback, Bradford was under center for the majority. He looked a little more comfortable on Day 2.

- Mark Sanchez took his first series of snaps with the first team. I’m not sure that constitutes as a quarterback competition, but it’s a start. His best toss during the series was downfield to Huff on a comeback route. Working with the second team, Sanchez knew who would butter his bread. He kept going to Nelson Agholor on the outside. The rookie wide receiver continued to get the best of rookie corner Eric Rowe. Contact at the line is limited, so I wouldn’t make any assumptions about Rowe just yet, but Agholor has looked more than competent.

- Matt Barkley and Tim Tebow split third team reps again. If Kelly wants a pure quarterback at the third spot, the job is clearly Barkley’s. But if he wants someone that has an “X” factor or can be effective in zone read plays, then Tebow would seem to have the advantage.

- The Eagles practiced punt returns and the returners were Darren Sproles, Agholor, Matthews, Kenjon Barner, Riley Cooper and Miles Austin.

Eagles Beat: Expect Nelson Agholor to start Week 1

Friday, July 31, 2015, 10:07pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

Beat writer Jimmy Kempski broke down the Eagles' WR competition:

In my view, I think it'd be crazy to take Jordan Matthews off the field. The Eagles mostly stay in three wide receiver sets, and in those situations, expect Matthews to resume his role in the slot. However, when they go with two wides, Matthews should stay in and line up on the outside.

I also expect Nelson Agholor to start Week 1, and produce immediately. He just looks like the real deal to me.

So the real battle here is Josh Huff vs Riley Cooper vs Miles Austin. Huff has the most natural ability and explosion of the three, but he needs to refine some of the more nuanced aspects of the position. The Eagles would love to see Huff go out and earn more playing time, but they're not just going to hand it to him. Their opinion of Cooper is clearly far higher than yours is.

Fantasy Impact:

This comes on the heels of another column declaring Josh Huff as the biggest breakout candidate in the Eagles' receiving corps. Agholor figures to have the edge, as reports have been almost universally positive this offseason. Ultimately, we see Matthews, Agholor and Huff playing the most snaps, but it may not happen early or even this season. Chip Kelly likes Cooper more than the rest of us do.

Eagles Beat: Miles Austin has a chance to be productive

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 12:41pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

If you go by past accomplishments, Eagles WR Miles Austin is easily the team’s best wide receiver.

The reality is he hasn’t had a productive season since 2012, when he caught 66 passes for 943 yards and six touchdowns, but the Eagles would sign right now for anything close to those numbers.

Think about this: On an awful Browns team with quarterback havoc, Austin was on pace for 63 catches, 757 yards and three TDs before lacerating his kidney in a freak injury. Last year, Riley Cooper caught 55 passes for 577 yards and three TDs.

If sports science can keep him healthy, and with some stability at QB in Chip Kelly’s offense, Austin could at very least be more productive than Cooper and is probably more reliable than Josh Huff, who still has to prove he can be consistent and values the football.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin will have to battle some young guys drafted by Chip Kelly in order to get on the field, but like the piece mentions, Austin is pretty much the veteran presence at the position. With pass-catching RB Darren Sproles and emerging TE Zach Ertz also around, there are going to be a lot of targets to get the ball to, but Austin could be a guy who makes a move in camp and jumps on the fantasy radar, so he's perhaps worth keeping an eye on in this fast-paced offense.

Eagles Beat: WR Nelson Agholor is 'fast...athletic...runs crisp routes'

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 1:35pm - [Full Article]

Nelson Agholor continued to make a strong impression. It should be noted that receivers tend to have the upper hand during spring workouts when defensive backs are restricted, but you can often see whether rookie receivers have at the very least the skills to compete at this level. Agholor clearly does. He’s fast. Not DeSean Jackson fast, but he’s gets down the field in a hurry. He’s athletic. He made several catches when he out-jumped a defender. And he appears to run crisp routes.

On a Matt Barkley pass over the middle, Agholor high-pointed the ball and pulled it in. Later, when Tim Tebow threw a fade to his back shoulder in the end zone, Agholor went up and caught the ball away from his body. The Eagles’ top pick had a good day. It’s just one practice in shorts, but the signs so far suggest he was worth the investment.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. We expect him to beat out Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Miles Austin for a starter’s role opposite Jordan Matthews. If he does, he’ll certainly be fantasy relevant in 2015.

Eagles WR Nelson Agholor impresses in first practice

Wednesday, June 3, 2015, 9:33am - [Full Article]

In his first practice, Eagles WR Nelson Agholor ran smooth crisp routes, showed the kind of speed that vaulted him up draft boards late in the process.

Another wrinkle that the USC product who finished his collegiate career with 179 catches for 2,571 yards and 20 touchdowns is his ability to contribute as a kickoff returner. During Tuesday's practice Agholor was the first receiver up, perhaps giving a glimpse of another area in which he may contribute during his rookie campaign.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. We expect him to beat out Riley Cooper, Josh Huff and Miles Austin for a starter’s role opposite Jordan Matthews. If he does, he’ll certainly be fantasy relevant in 2015.

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews preparing to play more outside

Thursday, April 2, 2015, 7:07pm - [Full Article]

Eagles WR Jordan Matthews will likely play more in 2015 - and he could spend more time on the outside, where Jeremy Maclin was featured.

"I think you would think that I might get a whole lot more outside reps now just because Maclin is gone, but I already had talked to coaches, and they were already going to implement me more on the outside as opposed to just the inside regardless," Matthews said. "I don't think that's a crazy, huge deal."

HC Chip Kelly said last week that he can envision Matthews playing "a lot of different spots." Kelly kept Matthews in the slot because they wanted him to learn only one position as a rookie. Now that Matthews is more comfortable entering his second season, that role can expand.

Fantasy Impact:

If Matthews moves outside, he'll surely see his snaps played increase from his rookie season (65%) and he should be able to improve on his #25 finish in PPR formats. The team signed Miles Austin, who played mostly in the slot while with the Cowboys. Josh Huff and Zach Ertz could also see snaps in the slot.

Eagles sign WR Miles Austin to a one-year deal

Monday, March 30, 2015, 10:16pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Miles Austin and the Eagles have agreed on a one-year deal worth $2.3M base with another $700K available in incentives, source said.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin finished with 47 catches for 568 yards and two touchdowns, but missed four games due to a kidney injury. Over a full season his stats extrapolate to 63-757-2.7, which equate to fringe WR4-type numbers in PPR formats. This is certainly a system upgrade in Philadelphia. It's not clear what Austin's role will be, but he has plenty of experience playing in the slot from his days in Dallas, so the Eagles could elect to move Jordan Matthews outside. Austin figures to be fantasy relevant, though his days as a starter are probably over.

Browns place WR Miles Austin on injured reserve

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 1:26pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Browns have placed wide receiver Miles Austin on injured reserve and say he's still in the hospital recovering from a kidney injury.

Austin was hurt in Sunday's loss to Buffalo. Browns coach Mike Pettine said Austin remains in the Erie County Medical Center.

Fantasy Impact:

It's a tough blow for Austin, but it opens the door for more snaps/targets for Andrew Hawkins and Taylor Gabriel.

Monday, December 1, 2014, 8:14pm - [Full Article]

Shortly after posting a game-high seven receptions for 86 yards in Buffalo, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Miles Austin notified team officials he was feeling discomfort in his abdomen. After further evaluation, it was determined Austin had sustained an injury to his kidney.

“Miles is a concern,” Pettine said during his press conference on Monday.

Fantasy Impact:

Austin spent the night at Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo and will remain there Monday evening for precautionary reasons. Coach Mike Pettine said it wasn’t clear which play Austin was injured on. In 12 games this season, the 30-year-old veteran has 47 catches, 568 yards and two touchdowns. His status is in some doubt heading into Week 14.

Sunday, November 30, 2014, 7:32pm

Tony Grossi on Twitter - [Full Article]

Browns WR Miles Austin was taken to hospital via stretcher with abdominal pain.

TNF Browns/Bengals Inactives: Andrew Hawkins INACTIVE

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 7:20pm - [Full Article]


Johnson Bademosi CB
Jordan Cameron TE
Pierre Desir CB
Andrew Hawkins WR
Robert Nelson DB
Vinston Painter T
Glenn Winston RB


Giovani Bernard RB
Vontaze Burfict OLB
Will Clarke DE
Leon Hall CB
Rey Maualuga MLB
Dane Sanzenbacher WR
Andre Smith T

Fantasy Impact:

Taylor Gabriel, Miles Austin and Travis Benjamin all get a small bump, but this is not an attractive matchup against a good Bengals secondary and weather may be an issue. Gabriel is our highest-ranked Browns receiver (#43 in standard formats).

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