Austin has already put some Miles on Packers Defense : Packers Insider

Austin has already put some Miles on Packers Defense

November 13, 2009 by  
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By Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel
Nov. 12th, 2009

Green Bay — Long before Miles Austin emerged as one of the hottest wide receivers in the National Football League, the Green Bay Packers knew about him.

Austin has been on a tear since earning his first career start against Kansas City Oct. 11, cutting up the Dallas Cowboys’ last four opponents for 531 yards and six touchdowns on 22 receptions. It started with his amazing performance against the Chiefs in which he caught 10 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns in a 26-20 victory. 

Last year in Green Bay, Austin caught two passes for 115 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown.

Last year in Green Bay, Austin caught two passes for 115 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown.

For 30 other teams it appeared to be Austin’s coming-out party, but not for the Packers, who had brushes with his potential greatness all the way back in 2007, when he was still just a kick return specialist trying to make it as a receiver.

“I got history with him,” Packers cornerback Tramon Williams said Thursday.

Those with good memories might remember that Austin was the receiver with whom Williams’ feet got tangled on a long pass to the 5-yard line two years ago in a Packers loss at Texas Stadium. It took the officials so long to throw a flag that most people assumed it had been called incidental contact.

The play was critical in the Cowboys taking a 37-27 decision. Ahead at the time, 27-24, with just under 9 minutes to go, the Cowboys scored a touchdown one play later. A few minutes later, Austin applied the final touch when he returned a kickoff 32 yards to give the Cowboys breathing room and only a short distance to go to kick a game-clinching field goal.

Quiet most of the rest of the year, Austin came back to torment the Packers again last year at Lambeau Field when he caught two passes for 115 yards, including a 52-yard touchdown on Williams in the fourth quarter.

“Hell, he had a great game against us last year,” said safety Nick Collins, who was victimized by Austin on a 63-yard catch.  Full story here

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