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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176
College: West Virginia
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Coach Jeff Fisher said he expects the Rams to do a better job of using Tavon Austin "now that we know what he's capable of."
Austin was a disappointment as the No. 8 overall pick, posting a 40-418-4 line while playing on just 50.5 percent of his possible offensive snaps. The Rams must do a better job of getting him in space. "I think another year in the program, in the offense, OTAs, training camp, you’ll see more production," Fisher said. Getting Sam Bradford back healthy will help, but Austin dropped too many passes and too often failed to make big plays in small areas last season. Mar 31 - 10:24 AM

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Tavon Austin's 40 catches led the Rams' receiver corps this season.

It was the fewest by the Rams' leading receiver since 1986. TE Jared Cook led the team with 51 grabs. Austin's receiver-corps leading number speaks to the troubles the Rams had at receiver despite investing four draft picks in the position over the past two years. The return of Sam Bradford will obviously help in 2014, but unless Austin or Brian Quick steps up, the Rams will likely again have one of the league's worst groups of wideouts.
Jan 2 - 9:38 PM

Tavon Austin said he intends to "put on a couple more pounds" this offseason.

It's a non-story as a lack of strength wasn't Austin's biggest issue as a rookie. His problem was making big plays in small spaces as he tumbled down the receiving depth chart en route to just 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns. Austin also ranked just 16th in yards per punt return (8.5). We're far from writing him off as he has truly unique open-field ability, but the early returns were not promising.
Jan 1 - 12:12 PM

Rams declared WR Tavon Austin, G Harvey Dahl, OT Mike Person, DE Sammy Brown, RB Daryl Richardson, CB Quinton Pointer, and DT Matt Conrath inactive for Week 17 against the Seahawks.

Austin wound up missing St. Louis' last three games with a high ankle sprain. The Rams will lean on Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, and Brian Quick at receiver against Seattle. Isaiah Pead is active ahead of banged-up Richardson, but is the No. 3 back behind Zac Stacy and Benny Cunningham.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 02:57:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Seahawks.

Both FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are hearing that Austin is unlikely to suit up for the regular season finale. Austin sprained his ankle in Week 14 against the Cardinals and has missed the majority of practices since. Austin Pettis will fill in as the Rams' slot receiver again this week.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable) will be a game-time decision for Week 17 against Seattle.

Coach Jeff Fisher is "optimistic" about Tavon's chances after a return to limited practice Friday. Austin was already being limited in terms of snaps on the field, and now barely practiced during the week, failing to get in any work on Wednesday or Thursday. He won't be a recommended Week 17 fantasy play.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) remained out of Thursday's practice.

Barring a surprise Friday return, the first-round rookie is going to miss his third consecutive game.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) was held out of Rams practice Wednesday.

He's missed the last two games. Austin's Week 17 status is uncertain.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said Tavon Austin (ankle) has a better chance to play this week than last.

Austin has missed the last two games due to a sprained ankle. He's likely shaping up as another game-time decision for Sunday's finale against the Seahawks. When these two teams squared off in late October, Austin has two catches for nine yards.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Tavon Austin (ankle) is inactive for Week 16 against the Bucs.

Austin didn't practice all week, and should be considered no better than 50-50 for Week 17. In all likelihood, the Rams are going to shut their first-round pick down. There's no reason to risk further injury. Also inactive for the Rams are RB Daryl Richardson, CB Quinton Pointer, OG Harvey Dahl, OG Brandon Washington, DT Matt Conrath and OT Mike Person.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 11:31:00 AM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it "doesn't sound" like Tavon Austin (ankle) will play Sunday versus Tampa Bay.

Austin didn't practice all week, and it's quite rare for rookies to play when they've gotten in zero reps. Look for Austin Pettis to fill in at slot receiver, with Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey, and Brian Quick rotating outside.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 09:45:00 AM

Tavon Austin (questionable, ankle) missed practice for the third straight day Friday.

Players typically do not play when they do not practice all week, and that especially goes for rookies. Austin won't be a fantasy option in trophy week.
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 02:25:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) remained sidelined at Rams practice Thursday.

Austin is trending in the wrong direction for Week 16. It appears he'll miss his second straight game. Despite his inconsistent rookie year, Austin showed enough as a play-maker to remain a strong hold in Dynasty leagues.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 07:37:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Austin was inactive last week after spraining his ankle against the Cardinals the previous game. Austin Pettis handled slot duties in his absence. Austin remains day-to-day, though coach Jeff Fisher is optimistic about his Week 16 chances. Either way, the No. 8 overall pick won't be a fantasy option Sunday.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 03:51:00 PM

Rams coach Jeff Fisher expressed optimism Sunday that Tavon Austin (ankle) will return for Week 16 against the Bucs.

Austin spent all of last week in a walking boot. He's a start-stop player who relies on lateral agility to make plays on limited snaps and touches, so Austin's effectiveness will be a question mark even if he's active against Tampa Bay. He'll be a WR3/flex shot in the dark.
Sun, Dec 15, 2013 09:09:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Sam Bradford
2Shaun Hill
3Austin Davis
RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3Isaiah Pead
4Daryl Richardson
5Chase Reynolds
GLB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Cory Harkey
WR11Chris Givens
2Tavon Austin
3Stedman Bailey
4Justin Veltung
WR21Austin Pettis
2Brian Quick
3Kenny Britt
4Emory Blake
WR31Tavon Austin
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Justice Cunningham
K1Greg Zuerlein