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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (25) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAR
Contract: view contract details

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Coach Jeff Fisher thinks Tavon Austin can "double" his 52 catches from last season in 2016.
Austin had a mini-breakout last year despite the Rams' quarterback woes, setting career highs in receiving (52-473-5) and rushing (52-434-4). Behind Todd Gurley, Austin was the Rams' clear No. 2 option. With Jared Cook out of the way and Jared Goff upgrading under center, it's not unreasonable to expect another leap from Austin. But 100 catches in Los Angeles' run-dominated offense is an absurd reach. No wideout on a Fisher-coached team has hit 70 catches since 2004. Jun 1 - 9:58 AM

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The Rams have exercised Tavon Austin's fifth-year team option for 2017.

They've done the same with MLB Alec Ogletree. Austin has never lived up to his billing as the No. 8 overall pick of the 2013 draft, but has steadily come on as a playmaker. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands. The option is worth over $12 million, something the Rams might very well decide is too much. Option years are guaranteed for injury only. Austin has been durable despite his pint size (5-foot-8, 176 pounds).
May 2 - 2:21 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said Tavon Austin is "somebody we want for the future."

"What he brings to the table as a weapon on offense and what our coaches can do," Snead said. "And also on special teams. He’s a valuable piece. He’s an offensive weapon so we’ll try to figure (that) out." Austin is entering the final year of his rookie deal. The Rams could use the fifth-year option to keep him around through 2017, but that would be a high price to pay for what amounts to a utility player. A long-term extension would make more sense.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 1:12 PM

Tavon Austin rushed six times for 32 yards and caught 5-of-8 targets for 30 yards in the Rams' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Austin saw a slight bump in running back snaps with Todd Gurley (knee) on the shelf. Finally showing signs of becoming a legitimate NFL weapon, Austin finished his third pro campaign with 907 all-purpose yards and nine touchdowns. Turning 24 in March, Austin will enter his contract year in 2016. He still has yet to show the ability to handle an offensive position full time and is more of a gadget player for whom an offense must manufacture touches.
Jan 3 - 8:16 PM

Tavon Austin caught 3-of-7 targets for 16 yards in the Rams' Week 16 win over the Seahawks, adding three rushes for 12 additional yards.

It was a quiet day for the Rams' gadget player. Expectations should be higher for Week 17, where he'll get the 49ers' extremely leaky run defense. Austin will be on the WR3/4 borderline for that one.
Sun, Dec 27, 2015 08:43:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught all three of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown and logged four carries for 32 yards and another touchdown in the Rams' Week 15 win over the Buccaneers.

Not much has gone right for the Rams this year, but Thursday in what may have been their final game in St. Louis, everything fell their way. Austin only saw seven touches but he sure knew what to do with them. His first touchdown came on a quick screen early in the first quarter while his second was a 21-yard run off an end-around in the third quarter. Austin continues to impress with his versatility. He’s the first player since Gale Sayers to score four rushing touchdowns, five receiving touchdowns and a kick return touchdown in the same season. Austin will be a WR3 for next week’s game in Seattle.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 11:53:00 PM

Tavon Austin contributed three catches for 19 yards on five targets while rushing four times for 40 yards in the Rams' Week 14 win over the Lions.

Austin’s biggest contributions came in the running game, which has been a theme for him throughout the year. He scored a long punt return touchdown in the third quarter but it was called back on a holding penalty. Austin is certainly a unique talent but he’s never been an easy guy to trust in fantasy. Consider him a boom-or-bust WR3 for next week’s game against Tampa Bay.
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 06:26:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 1-of-3 targets for 24 yards in St. Louis' Week 13 loss to the Cardinals, adding two rushes for 14 yards.

Austin also had a long punt return, but this being the Rams, it got called back by penalty. Austin got off to a scorching start this season, but has seen his stock collapse along with the Rams' quarterback play. Austin is no longer on the WR3 radar.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught all six of his targets for 33 yards and logged four carries for 63 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 12 loss to the Bengals.

The six catches matched a season-high. Austin broke off an impressive 60-yard run out of the wildcat formation during the second quarter. He was aided by a nice block from Kenny Britt on the right side. Austin found the end zone later on a 5-yard touchdown run. It came on a jet sweep with Jared Cook delivering the key block. Austin is more boom than bust in fantasy and will probably never reach his full potential playing in the Rams’ dead-end offense. With that said, he’s an athletic freak with a knack for making big plays. He’ll be a WR3/4 next week against Arizona.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 05:10:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 1-of-5 targets for five yards and rushed one time for 16 yards in the Rams' Week 11 loss to the Ravens.

His five targets were second to Jared Cook's six, but Austin and Case Keenum didn't appear to have much chemistry. Since Wes Welker was signed, Austin has touched the ball just seven times in two games. He's turned into a low-volume WR4 with a floor of zero points. Austin isn't start-able.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:26:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 2-of-4 targets for five yards and rushed three times for 18 yards in the Rams' Week 10 loss to the Bears.

He had a 17-yard rushing touchdown called back on a holding penalty by LT Greg Robinson, who was whistled three times for holding calls on Sunday and leads the league with eight of them. The Rams' offense was a disaster all afternoon, as Nick Foles continues to play brutal football. Brian Quick and Wes Welker ended up leading the team in targets with seven and six, respectively. The addition of Welker might hurt Austin's already-limited volume.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015 06:03:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 4-of-7 targets for 15 yards and rushed eight times for 66 yards in the Rams' Week 9 loss to the Vikings.

Austin's seven targets again led the Rams, but he didn't get much going out wide as a pass-catcher. Instead, OC Frank Cignetti dialed up numerous end-arounds for the shifty slot receiver, and the Vikings had no idea how to stop it. It was legitimately the Rams' best offensive play in a game Nick Foles displayed a high level of incompetence as a passer. Austin is a borderline WR3/4 being held back by his quarterback. The matchup is delicious Week 10 against the Bears.
Sun, Nov 8, 2015 05:28:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 4-of-7 targets for 98 yards and one touchdown and rushed three times for 21 yards and another touchdown in the Rams' Week 8 win over the 49ers.

It's quite clear Austin has taken over as the preferred target in the Rams' anemic passing game. This offense can support maybe one pass catcher, and Austin has been that guy in recent weeks. He's leading the Rams in targets and gets schemed touches in the red zone. He scored a two-yard rushing touchdown on a jet sweep and later took a screen 66 yards to the house. Austin's six touchdowns are a career-high. He's put himself on the WR3/4 radar. The 4-3 Rams head to Minnesota in Week 9.
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 06:23:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 4-of-7 targets for 43 yards and rushed one time for 21 yards in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Browns.

His 43 yards led the team in receiving on a day Nick Foles threw for just 163 yards. Austin's seven targets were also a team-high as the Rams continue to show a desire to fully use the former No. 8 overall pick on offense. To the surprise of many, Austin is actually making an impact and has some WR4 value. Still, the Rams are a run-heavy, ball-control team. The Rams host San Francisco Week 8.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 05:00:00 PM

Tavon Austin (hamstring) is active for Week 7 against the Browns.

Austin is top news-worthy in a prime spot off the bye against an injury-riddle Browns secondary. While Todd Gurley is expected to dominate offensive touches out of the backfield, Austin has seen an increased role this season and is on the WR3 map. Inactive for the Rams are LE Chris Long (knee), WLB Alec Ogletree (leg), RB Tre Mason (ankle), QB Sean Mannion, TE Lance Kendricks (thumb), OLB Jo-Lonn Dunbar, and OL Andrew Donnal. Benny Cunningham will back up Gurley.
Sun, Oct 25, 2015 11:40:00 AM

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QB1Jared Goff
2Case Keenum
3Nick Foles
4Sean Mannion
5Dylan Thompson
RB1Todd Gurley
2Benny Cunningham
3Tre Mason
4Chase Reynolds
5Trey Watts
GLB1Todd Gurley
2Tre Mason
3RB1Benny Cunningham
2Todd Gurley
FB1Cory Harkey
2Zach Laskey
WR11Tavon Austin
2Pharoh Cooper
3Mike Thomas
4Marquez North
5Nelson Spruce
WR21Kenny Britt
2Brian Quick
3Bradley Marquez
4Paul McRoberts
5Duke Williams
WR31Brian Quick
TE1Lance Kendricks
2Tyler Higbee
3Temarrick Hemingway
4Justice Cunningham
5Benson Browne
LT1Greg Robinson
2Isaiah Battle
3Darrell Williams
4Jordan Swindle
LG1Rodger Saffold
2Garrett Reynolds
3Brian Folkerts
C1Tim Barnes
2Demetrius Rhaney
3Eric Kush
RG1Jamon Brown
2Cody Wichmann
3David Arkin
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Andrew Donnal
3Pace Murphy
K1Greg Zuerlein
2Taylor Bertolet