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Cowboys add Marvin Austin to bolster line

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The Cowboys are struggling to keep healthy defensive linemen on the field, so they turned to a guy who has struggled to stay healthy and on a field.

The team announced they signed defensive tackle Marvin Austin.

Austin was a second-round pick by the Giants in 2011, but he sat out his rookie year because of a chest injury, after sitting out his 2010 season at North Carolina because of an NCAA violation.

He played eight games with the Giants last year, but was released in final cuts and had a cup of coffee with the Dolphins.

The Cowboys have been in flux up front since the offseason, with Jay Ratliff never getting on the field and Anthony Spencer on injured reserve. Throw in a short-term injury for DeMarcus Ware, and they have a lot of money tied up in linemen not playing.

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17 Responses to “Cowboys add Marvin Austin to bolster line”
  1. steelerben says: Oct 21, 2013 3:42 PM

    After signing his new deal, Austin was so excited that he fist pumped.

    He’ll be out four to six weeks with a partially torn pectoral.

  2. westampa says: Oct 21, 2013 3:49 PM

    If Rod Marinelli can turn George Selvi into a productive player, I have no doubt he can do the same with this turd.

  3. jeremylmohler says: Oct 21, 2013 3:56 PM

    Marinelli (according to Wikipedia) loved this kid coming out of college. This makes sense – if anyone can turn a 2nd rounder into gold it would be Dr. Rod.

  4. dccowboy says: Oct 21, 2013 4:13 PM

    The book on this kid is he doesn’t have the ‘want to’ to do what he has to do t be a good player. Maybe Marinelli can get through to him. I hope so because this kid has all the tools, just not the desire.

  5. bigbluenationdb says: Oct 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    I thought this kid was going to make the Giants roster. They probably should have kept him and gave him a chance over Patterson and Rogers who are both terrible.

    Could be a solid pick up if he wants it. This is probably his last chance.

  6. trollaikman8 says: Oct 21, 2013 4:33 PM

    Marinelli has been effective with guys that lack the pedigree of Austin. Sounds like a low risk pick up.

  7. dohpey28 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:13 PM

    The only line he’ll be bolstering is the lunch line.

  8. cowboysq says: Oct 21, 2013 5:24 PM

    I love this pick up, Marvin Austin was projected to be a lottery pick before getting the violation his Sr. Year. I was mad when the midgets picked him up and with the plethora of talent they had over there (I say that loosely of course) he was the odd man out with Pierre “water” Paul, Osi “fragile” omenyura, Justin “fetal position” tuck and Chris “benidict Arnold” Canty…. His knock is a questionable motor;well there is somthing about being on your last chance to inspire performance. Coupled with the fact Marianelli wanted this dude out of college speaks volumes; rod has proven time and time again that if he see somthing in you then most likely it’s there! Granted we got allot of guys off the streets but they are all hungry and eager!

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 21, 2013 5:26 PM

    He doesn’t care about football. He just wants to become the next Just Blaze or Timbaland, rather than play defensive tackle.

  10. cowboysq says: Oct 21, 2013 5:30 PM

    Also Bruce Carter a college teammate and close freind; I think a familiar face is a place conducive to his improvement will work wonders for this kid. He fits into the rushman’s principles of penetration and QB pressure to a T! After watching my old man Die (jay ratliff) I welcomed a new baby (Mario Austin) the Lord taketh and the Lord giveth as well. God bless America’s team!

  11. cowboysq says: Oct 21, 2013 5:33 PM

    Also Bruce Carter a college teammate and close freind; I think a familiar face is a place conducive to his improvement will work wonders for this kid. He fits into the rushman’s principles of penetration and QB pressure to a T! After watching my old man Die (jay ratliff) I welcomed a new baby (Marvin Austin) the Lord taketh and the Lord giveth as well. God bless America’s team!

  12. kev86 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:39 PM

    Lazy bum. How bout them cowgirls?

  13. Mr. Wright 212 says: Oct 21, 2013 6:42 PM

    Keep trying to talk yourself into him. He literally came out and said that he cares more about music than football. He only showed up for the check so that he could go and concentrate on music like Dhani Jones went aloof.

  14. jerrysglassescleaner says: Oct 21, 2013 6:43 PM

    First Selvie, now this guy? Low risk? Playing on a defense with a bunch of help with Dware returning? A Defense that held the ranked 4th Offense TDless? Welcome to Dallas with open arms Austin. I believe you will be a steal in Jerry’s Land.

  15. bluebongzilla says: Oct 21, 2013 6:48 PM

    He could care about underwater basket weaving more than football, he’d still be better than 75% of the rest of the NFCE’s DT’s.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Oct 21, 2013 7:33 PM

    I have no reason to believe Austin will make any difference at all. Really don’t care for this fat, over rated turd. But if anyone can get something out of him, it will be Marinelli.

  17. cowboysnation34 says: Oct 22, 2013 9:39 AM

    I love this pick up. Being from NC and a huge UNC fan I loved this kid. He was a complete stud on a very talented d-line his several years at the hill. Rod will get him to work, just like Selvie.

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