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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAR
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Rams coach Sean McVay said he projects Tavon Austin "to be a big part of our offense."
Austin is still recovering from wrist surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McVay said he will not be able to truly gauge how they will use Austin until he sees him on the field, but the Rams reportedly want to use him as more of a deep threat, which has not been an area of expertise for Austin to this point in his career. McVay has a much better chance to get something out of Austin than the previous regime, but we are still not projecting a breakout. Jun 15 - 10:21 AM
Source: ESPN

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Tavon Austin (wrist) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Austin is just over a month removed from surgery. He didn't participate in team drills at OTAs, but has been getting in some conditioning work. A gadget player his first four seasons, the Rams are hoping to use Austin as more of a deep threat under Sean McVay.
Jun 9 - 6:11 PM

Just 15 of Tavon Austin's 181 career receptions have travelled more than 15 yards in the air.

In other words, if you were trying to engineer a reverse-DeSean Jackson, Austin would be your man. It's D-Jax new Rams coach Sean McVay wants Austin to be more like in 2017, but it's a pipe dream. The supposed big-play threat has averaged 9.1 yards per catch for his career, which would have ranked eighth amongst running backs last season. His 2016 mark of 8.8 was third-to-last amongst wide receivers. Jackson averaged literally twice as many yards per catch. Part of it has been Austin's usage, but the odds of him suddenly developing into a viable deep threat in Year Five of his NFL career are close to zero.
May 15 - 2:34 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said the "goal" for Tavon Austin (wrist surgery) is training camp.

It's notable that's the "goal" instead of the expectation. Speaking in a radio interview, Snead also reiterated his desire for Austin to take on more a "DeSean Jackson-like" role. Austin has the speed, but if he had the skills, he would have become "DeSean Jackson-like" three years ago. You don't become DeSean Jackson five seasons into your career.
May 9 - 1:20 PM

Tavon Austin will miss OTAs after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.

Austin underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday. He should still be ready for training camp in late July. Despite his 4.34 speed and theoretical playmaking ability, the former first-round pick has never developed into anything more than a gadget player. Apparently now scheduled to play outside receiver under rookie coach Sean McVay, Jackson is going to miss valuable practice time in the Rams' new offense.
May 5 - 2:47 PM

The Rams want Tavon Austin to become more of a downfield threat similar to DeSean Jackson.

Easier said than done. Jackson is one of the premier deep threats the sport has seen over the last decade. While not big at 5'10/175, Jackson still plays bigger than the 5'9/174 Austin. Both ran similar forties as straight-line speedsters, with Jackson blazing a 4.35 coming out of Cal and Austin clocking a 4.34 out of West Virginia. New Rams coach Sean McVay obviously got a ton out of Jackson in Washington and hopes to develop Austin into more as a receiver after Jeff Fisher's staff seemed clueless how to use him, using Austin more as a gimmick.
May 5 - 12:19 PM

Tavon Austin secured two-of-four targets for 18 yards and rushed twice for two yards Sunday in the Rams' Week 17 loss to the Cardinals.

Tavon was as frustrating as ever in 2016. He sprinkled in moments of brilliance but they were often buried between layers of gaffes and inexplicable miscues. Austin is undeniably talented and can change the game in a split-second with a long catch or one of his patented returns. But he still hasn’t graduated from being a gadget player and at this point, he probably never will. Austin re-wrote the book on boom-or-bust, which makes him almost impossible to employ with any level of confidence in fantasy. He’ll finish the year with 58 catches for 509 yards and three touchdowns to go with 159 yards and one touchdown on 28 rushing attempts.
Jan 1 - 8:35 PM

Tavon Austin secured two-of-seven targets for 14 yards and added three carries for 26 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Rams' Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Austin hasn’t done as much running as he did last year, but he looked pretty swift on his 30-yard touchdown dash late in the first quarter. That was the Rams’ longest running play of the season. Austin’s speed never left but the Rams haven’t been able to find much use for it this year. The Rams’ gadget receiver will take on the Cardinals in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 3-of-5 targets for 14 yards in the Rams' Week 15 loss to the Seahawks, adding two rushes for 13 yards.

Same as it ever was for the disappointing gadget player. Austin's career hinges on the Rams making the right coaching hire. Austin can be a useful player, but more so in "real life" than fantasy. He won't be a recommended WR4 against the 49ers in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:28:00 AM

Tavon Austin corralled seven-of-11 targets for 62 yards and rushed twice for 27 yards Sunday in the Rams' Week 14 loss to the Falcons.

Austin took an end-around 23 yards on the Rams’ opening drive for his longest gain of the afternoon. That set the tone for a solid first half as Austin went into the break with 67 yards from scrimmage on five touches. The second half wasn’t as eventful for Austin but the finished product was still one of his better games of the season. Austin drew his most targets since Week 7 while accumulating his most receiving yards since Week 3. He won’t be more than a WR4/5 against Seattle on Thursday night.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 09:11:00 PM

Tavon Austin (chest) isn't on the Week 14 injury report.

Austin practiced fully after sitting out last week. Even in a plus matchup, Austin isn't a fantasy option with Jared Goff starting.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest) is practicing in full for Week 14.

Austin sat out last week's loss to the Patriots. He's likely to return against the Falcons, but will be a WR5 with deer-in-headlights rookie Jared Goff under center.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Tavon Austin (chest) is out for Week 13 against the Patriots.

His absence was widely expected after sitting out all three practices this week. Austin has been a disappointment this year, averaging less than 40 yards per game with only three touchdowns. Pharoh Cooper could see more work in the slot on Sunday but obviously isn't a fantasy option.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 08:51:00 AM

Tavon Austin (chest) missed Rams practice again on Friday and is listed as doubtful for Week 13 at New England.

The DNP on Friday and doubtful tag indicate Austin has almost no chance of playing Sunday. The Patriots have struggled to stop interior options all season long, so Austin would have theoretically been in a favorable spot. If Austin can't play, the Rams would figure to turn to Pharoh Cooper in the slot.
Fri, Dec 2, 2016 03:53:00 PM

Tavon Austin (chest) didn't practice on Wednesday.

Austin must have suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to New Orleans. He hasn't been a consistent fantasy presence this year and shouldn't be in any lineups against New England this week, assuming he plays.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 08:01:00 PM

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