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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
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Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Tavon Austin's new contract is a reflection of what they believe he can do in the future.
Austin landed a four-year, $42-million extension despite never topping 475 receiving yards in a season. "We’ve seen what he’s capable of and we’re hoping we’re going to get a lot more than what we’ve seen in the past," Fisher said. "He’s very, very talented with the ball in his hands. He is a problem to defend against and we hear that week after week after week." To Fisher's point, Austin did chip in 434 rushing yards last season, and he has three punt-return touchdowns in his career. While the price tag was steep, the Rams had to keep their only weapon in the passing game. Austin is a nice pick at his 11th-round ADP. Aug 29 - 10:37 AM

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Rams signed WR Tavon Austin to a four-year, $42 million extension through 2021.

The deal includes a whopping $30 million guaranteed, a princely sum for a 5-foot-8 gadget player the Rams have desperately wishcasted as a No. 1 receiver since trading up for him in the 2013 draft. Austin is coming off a unique season where he eclipsed both 400 yards rushing and receiving, but simply isn't worthy of this kind of deal. The Rams under Jeff Fisher have a tendency to compound mistakes instead of trying to fix them. All that being said, despite now being overpaid, Austin is a useful real-life player who has WR4 appeal in fantasy. He is a legitimate playmaker. He's just not who the Rams are paying him to be.
Aug 27 - 6:01 PM

Updating a previous item, Tavon Austin was carted off the practice field due to cramps on Sunday.

Austin was cramping up from dehydration and "isn't expected to miss any time," per coach Jeff Fisher. The Rams can breathe a big sigh of relief. Austin and Todd Gurley will be their primary playmakers on offense this season.
Jul 31 - 8:53 PM

Tavon Austin was carted off the field with a leg/ankle injury at Rams practice on Sunday.

The extent is unknown at this time, but he might need an MRI. Per the Los Angeles Times' Jack Wang, Austin "was able to stand" after the injury, but "couldn't put too much weight on it." Austin averaged 62.2 total yards per game with eight touchdowns in Todd Gurley's 12 weeks as the Rams' lead back last season, versus 40.3 yards with one score in Los Angeles' other four games. Coach Jeff Fisher has suggested Austin could catch 100 passes this season.
Jul 31 - 8:26 PM

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.
Source: therams.com
Jun 1 - 9:58 AM

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

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5Terrence Magee
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3RB1Benny Cunningham
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FB1Cory Harkey
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4Marquez North
5Nelson Spruce
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4Paul McRoberts
5Duke Williams
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2Tyler Higbee
3Temarrick Hemingway
4Justice Cunningham
5Jake Stoneburner
LT1Greg Robinson
2Isaiah Battle
3Darrell Williams
4Jordan Swindle
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2Garrett Reynolds
3Brian Folkerts
C1Tim Barnes
2Demetrius Rhaney
3Eric Kush
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2Cody Wichmann
3David Arkin
RT1Rob Havenstein
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K1Greg Zuerlein
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