As UNC Football fans wait for the second half of the season to come along, unsure how this campaign will end for their team, there is a former Tar Heel who has been unsure of his future as well… Marvin Austin. The defensive tackle, who was drafted by the New York Giants in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft, has found a new home, according to a blog post on ESPNDallas. The second one since being cut by the G-Men.
Austin missed all of his first season with a torn pectoral muscle and played just half the season last year for the New York franchise, who cut him after the last preseason game. After being released the young man found his way down to the sunshine state, where he was picked up by the Dolphins on September 24th. The 6’2″/213 lbs D lineman lasted a couple of games with the Miami franchise and was back looking for a team, this time landing in Big D.
“What we know about him is a lot of really positive things,” Garrett said. “There are some positive physical traits and some positive character personality traits you want to tap into it. You want to give a guy a blank slate when he comes in and hopefully the environment you create for him brings out the best in him.”
The Dallas Cowboys have picked up Austin, the fifteen defensive lineman they will use this year, when the team had to put one of their defensive ends on short term injured reserve, and do not expect him back until the middle of December. This will give the former UNC Football stand out, who is the third D lineman signed off the street by Jerry Jones’ club since week four, about six weeks to show that he is worth the roster spot. If he does not prove his worth the third year pro might be once again without a team before 2013 is over and done.
You have to wonder, having been shuffled three times already this season, if the 24 year old isn’t able to stick with the Cowboys will he find another team this season, and more importantly, will he find another team at all. In the over a third of a century that I been watching college and pro football I have seen many things, like players rise and fall, teams come and go, coaches get hot and then get to the hot seat. However, I must say that the slide that Marvin Austin has had, from being hyped as a “beast” at his role, to not being able to get going with any franchise, is one I would have never expected.
Maybe landing with a divisional foe of the team that cut you at the beginning of the season might spark the 300+ pounder into wanting to show what both the Giants and the Dolphins missed out on. Maybe being with a team where it seems they can use the help will do the trick. Maybe being far enough away from all the injuries and having enough games to prove his worth will. In the end it feels likes for Austin it’s “Dallas or bust”, as I am not sure how many more franchises will offer him a shot.