because he cannot play the 1 or 2?
I see this said all the time, and it's patently false. Small speedy receivers don't need to play in the slot. Anyone who makes the assumption that the only receiver position that fast, speedy, short receivers can play is in the slot is just plain being simple minded. With his speed and ability combination, Austin has the potential to gain separation and stretch the field from any receiver positional alignment. What he couldn't be is a possession receiver, in the mold of Moose, but he would never be asked to be. We don't need a possession receiver that can grab high passes out of the air. That's basically Lafell's job, and very likely Lamont Bryant's future job. What we need is a future downfield, dynamic playmaking receiver, which is most definitely what Austin is.