After leading the Washington Redskins with 11 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown during the preseason and then getting passed over in each of his team’s first four weeks of the season, second-year receiver Terrence Austin finally got a chance to make a play on Sunday.
Austin hauled in a 32-yard grab from John Beck and was tackled at the two-yard line. The big catch marked Beck’s longest completion of his 15 attempts and set Washington up to score on the next play when Beck scrambled for a touchdown.
“It felt real good,” said Austin, whom Washington drafted out of UCLA in the seventh round of the 2010 draft. “I’m always trying to make a play, trying to help out the team the best way I can, and I just want to show I’m able to do that. Whenever the guys need a breather, I want to show that I’m able to do that and help the team.”
Austin hadn’t made a catch until that strike from Beck, and had his most effective preseason performances with Beck under center.
But Austin -- who last season got together with Beck every Tuesday to get in extra work while both were buried on the depth chart -- said although it helped to have that rapport with Beck, he can remain effective even if Shanahan decides to stick with Rex Grossman.
“Yeah, I don’t think it was any different than when Rex was in there,” Austin said. “It was just about making a play when my number was called and being available when asked to be available.”