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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176
College: West Virginia
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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. Nov 22 - 5:26 PM

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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.
Nov 15 - 6:03 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.
Nov 8 - 5:28 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.
Nov 1 - 6:23 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.
Oct 25 - 5:00 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.
Oct 25 - 11:40 AM

Tavon Austin (questionable, hamstring) is expected to play Sunday.

Coach Jeff Fisher called Austin probable despite his questionable tag. With Cleveland missing half their secondary, Austin has a favorable Week 7 matchup. Austin is a low-end WR3/FLEX.
Oct 24 - 8:37 PM

Updating an earlier report, Tavon Austin (hamstring) is actually listed as questionable for Week 7 against the Browns.

The initial confusion regarding his status came from coach Jeff Fisher, who was reciting the injury report off the top of his head. We'll take the Freudian slip as a sign Austin is likely to suit up Sunday against Cleveland. As usual, he'll be a boom or bust fantasy option.
Oct 23 - 3:31 PM

Tavon Austin (hamstring) is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Browns.

Austin missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices, but he returned on Friday and will be good to go. As usual, Austin is a dart-throw WR3/flex option.
Oct 23 - 3:02 PM

Tavon Austin (hand) remained sidelined Thursday.

The Rams haven't shed any light on their gadget player's status, but two missed practices off a bye is foreboding. Perhaps he'll return and be listed as "probable" on Friday, but he's headed in the wrong direction for Week 7.
Oct 22 - 4:22 PM

Tavon Austin (thigh) did not practice Wednesday.

There aren't any details, but it's not a good sign Austin couldn't practice coming off a bye week. Austin's status will be a concern if he doesn't return to practice Thursday.
Oct 21 - 5:48 PM

Tavon Austin caught 2-of-5 targets for six yards and a touchdown in St. Louis' Week 5 loss to the Packers, adding three rushes for 22 yards.

Austin's "touchdown reception" was a de facto handoff, with Nick Foles shot putting the ball to his diminutive wideout. Austin is making more plays than ever on offense this season, but it's still not translating to WR3 value. He's simply too inconsistent in one of the league's shakiest offenses.
Oct 11 - 5:13 PM

Rams OC Frank Cignetti said he plans to continue to put Tavon Austin in position to make plays.

"We’ve said it all offseason and camp, Tavon Austin’s a complete player," Cignetti said. "He’s a great route runner -- whether it’s taking the top off or running short routes. I’m very impressed with his play." Most of the narrative has been on Todd Gurley’s Week 4 breakout, but Austin’s big week shouldn’t be overlooked. Austin has started every game and has more targets than Jared Cook the last two weeks. Austin still has a lot to prove as a receiver, but the early signs are encouraging.
Oct 10 - 7:28 PM

Tavon Austin caught 6-of-7 targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns in the Rams' Week 4 win over the Cardinals.

Austin kicked off the scoring for the Rams with a 12-yard touchdown catch on the first possession following Cardinals rookie David Johnson's fumbled kick return. Austin was wide open on the crossing route over the middle. He scored on almost an identical play in the fourth quarter, again from 12 yards out on a crossing pattern. Sandwiched between those two scores was a 47-yard gain on play-action. We might need to start taking Austin a little more seriously, but it's so hard to trust him as anything more than a WR4/5 in such an anemic offense. Austin is on pace for 860 offensive yards and 12 touchdowns. That'd be a real win for the Rams.
Oct 4 - 8:09 PM

Tavon Austin caught 5-of-5 targets for 38 yards in St. Louis' Week 3 loss to the Steelers.

Austin was held without a rushing attempt. Austin appeared to be on the verge of busting a big play, but it never came to be against a pass defense that entered Week 3 getting gutted by long gainers. Austin remains a tease outside leagues without return yards.
Sep 27 - 6:28 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Case Keenum
2Nick Foles
3Sean Mannion
RB1Todd Gurley
2Tre Mason
3Benny Cunningham
4Chase Reynolds
5Trey Watts
GLB1Todd Gurley
2Tre Mason
3RB1Benny Cunningham
2Tre Mason
FB1Cory Harkey
WR11Tavon Austin
2Stedman Bailey
3Wes Welker
WR21Kenny Britt
2Brian Quick
3Bradley Marquez
WR31Stedman Bailey
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Justice Cunningham
LT1Greg Robinson
LG1Cody Wichmann
C1Tim Barnes
2Demetrius Rhaney
3Eric Kush
4Brian Folkerts
RG1Garrett Reynolds
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Andrew Donnal
K1Greg Zuerlein