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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 179
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAR
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The remainder of Tavon Austin's contract was eliminated and replaced by a one-year, $5 million deal with another $3 million available in incentives.
"He will compete for a role as a wide receiver, with no promises," per beat writer Alden Gonzalez. Seeing as Austin had four years and $36 million left on his dud of a contract, this is a massive pay cut. GM Les Snead indicated the only reason Austin is getting a chance to return is that the Rams were unable to keep Sammy Watkins. Austin will be the underdog in a battle with Josh Reynolds to replace Watkins opposite Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp. Mar 15 - 9:12 PM

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ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports the Rams will keep Tavon Austin following a contract restructure.

We strongly suspect the "restructure" in this instance is a pay cut, though the intricacies of Austin's contract mean it can't be a large one. Austin had been scheduled to make $8 million between salary and bonuses. Austin had no role in Sean McVay's offense last season, touching the ball 72 times. 59 of those were rushes. It's surprising he is keeping his roster spot, but Austin has enough talent that perhaps McVay thinks he can find more of a use in 2018.
Mar 15 - 8:32 PM

According to ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez, a resolution on Tavon Austin's future with the team could come on Thursday.

GM Les Snead has been in talks with Austin's agent and it looks like a final decision will be handed down sometime in the next 24 hours. The Rams have made Austin available for trade but are unlikely to find any takers. Austin was one of the league's highest-paid receivers in 2017 but managed just 13 catches for 47 yards while adding 270 yards and a touchdown on 59 rushing attempts. The Rams will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money when they inevitably release Austin.
Mar 14 - 8:14 PM

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports the Rams will trade or release Tavon Austin before the new league year opens on March 14.

It is extremely unlikely another team is willing to give up anything for Austin's albatross of a contract, so he will almost certainly be released. That contract was the only reason his fate was in any doubt, but it looks like the Rams are willing to eat the $5 million guaranteed they owe Austin in 2018. Austin gained 317 yards from scrimmage and scored once last season.
Mar 1 - 11:46 AM

ESPN Los Angeles expects the Rams to release Tavon Austin.

Reporter Alden Gonzalez believes the "only reason" Austin might keep his roster spot is because just 37.5 percent of his $8 million salary/bonuses would come off the books this year, as opposed to 100 percent in 2019. With Austin due a $5 million roster bonus in March, we would fully expect the Rams to cut their losses, even if it comes with $5 million in dead money. Austin's four-year, $42 million extension in August 2016 is one of the worst NFL decisions in recent memory.
Feb 6 - 2:29 PM

Tavon Austin played two snaps in the Rams' Wild Card loss to the Falcons.

The $42-million "playmaker" did not touch the ball in the loss. More of a running back than a receiver under the new coaching staff, Austin rushed for 270 yards and a touchdown on 59 carries this season while catching 13-of-22 targets for 47 yards, easily the lowest receiving output of his career. Austin also lost his punt return job to Pharoh Cooper in Week 6. Austin is guaranteed a $5 million roster bonus in March, but the Rams can still save $3 million against the cap if they cut him. It would be a surprise if they did not.
Jan 7 - 11:15 AM

Tavon Austin rushed six times for 34 yards and caught his lone target for a gain of nine in the Rams' Week 9 win over the Giants.

The Rams kept Austin involved on gadget plays, trying to get the ball into his hands in space. He very nearly scored a touchdown in the third quarter, but was tackled just shy of the end zone and Robert Woods cleaned it up. Austin has carved out a critical place in the Rams’ offense as a situational player, but he can continue to be ignored in fantasy-lineup decisions.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 04:02:00 PM

Tavon Austin rushed six times for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 5 loss to the Seahawks, adding three receptions for 14 additional yards.

Austin appeared shot out of a cannon on his 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He took a shotgun handoff, hit the hole and was gone. Unfortunately, his other five carries produced a net of zero yards. Austin has 20 rushes compared to just five receptions so far this season. He's off the fantasy radar.
Sun, Oct 8, 2017 08:07:00 PM

Tavon Austin rushed six times for 48 yards and caught 1-of-2 targets for a loss of two in the Rams' Week 4 win over the Cowboys.

Austin didn't do much in the Rams' first three games, but he was a legitimate factor as a change-of-pace back against Dallas. This role seems to suit him best, but it won't necessarily translate to fantasy value.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 05:12:00 PM

Tavon Austin (concussion) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

The lightly-used gadget player will be out there against the Cowboys on Sunday.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 07:32:00 PM

Tavon Austin (concussion) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He and teammate Sammy Watkins were both concussed in Thursday night's win at San Francisco. Austin has caught just one pass this season, though he does have eight carries for 33 yards.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 07:11:00 PM

Tavin Austin is in the league's concussion protocol.

Austin has been phased out of the offense with the additions of Sammy Watkins, Robert Woods, and Cooper Kupp. He's caught just two passes for 12 yards through three games. Austin is likely a goner in 2018.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 09:03:00 AM

Tavon Austin rushed three times for 14 yards and wasn't targeted against the 49ers in Week 3.

Late in the fourth quarter, he needed to be evaluated for a concussion. The Rams have been lining him up out wide and they had him in the backfield because they only had two active backs. He almost scored on a jet sweep from 11 yards out, but he was tackled just shy of the goal line. This week, coach Sean McVay said Austin "has a lot more in him, just as a complete receiver," but he's still getting most of his looks as a gadget guy.
Source: ESPN.com
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 12:11:00 AM

Tavon Austin secured one-of-three targets for five yards while adding three yards on two carries Sunday in the Rams’ Week 2 loss to the Redskins.

Now buried on the depth chart behind better players such as Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp, Austin isn’t making much of a fantasy dent these days. The Rams’ expensive gadget player can be safely ignored in fantasy until further notice.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 08:52:00 PM

Tavon Austin secured his only target for seven yards while adding two carries for nine yards Sunday in the Rams’ Week 1 win over the Colts.

He was out-targeted by Cooper Kupp, Sammy Watkins, Todd Gurley, Robert Woods and Tyler Higbee among others. The Rams used Austin as a gadget player, which is essentially what he is. He’s no better than the Rams’ fourth-best receiving option behind Watkins, Woods and Kupp and doesn’t warrant fantasy attention in any format.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 08:33:00 PM

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GLB1Todd Gurley
2Malcolm Brown
3RB1Todd Gurley
2Malcolm Brown
FB1Sam Rogers
2Zach Laskey
WR11Brandin Cooks
2Josh Reynolds
3Pharoh Cooper
4Fred Brown
WR21Robert Woods
2Cooper Kupp
3Tavon Austin
4Mike Thomas
WR31Cooper Kupp
TE1Tyler Higbee
2Gerald Everett
3Henry Krieger-Coble
4Temarrick Hemingway
5Johnny Mundt
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Darrell Williams
LG1Rodger Saffold
2Austin Blythe
C1John Sullivan
2Aaron Neary
RG1Jamon Brown
2Jake Eldrenkamp
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Cornelius Lucas
K1Greg Zuerlein
2Sam Ficken