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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver | #10

Team: Dallas Cowboys
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/15/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 179
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAR
Contract: view contract details
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Dak Prescott said Tavon Austin will be used all over the formation with the Cowboys.
"Coaches have a great plan, whether it's getting him out of the backfield, lining him up at X, lining him up at Z, putting him in the slot," Prescott said. "He's a guy we get the ball in his hands, he'll score some points and get a bunch of yards in this offense." Earlier this month, EVP Stephen Jones said Austin is a "web back" who they want to get "a dozen to two dozen" touches per game. Consider us skeptical, but the Cowboys are shoveling as much coal into the hype train as possible. May 24 - 11:47 AM

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Cowboys OC Scott Linehan expects Tavon Austin to get most of his snaps at receiver.

"We’ll use him for a lot of things, but he’s a receiver first," said Linehan. "Some of his skill set is as an outside receiver, but he can move around." This throws shade on reports the Cowboys plan to use Austin in a Lance Dunbar role. Austin should see an uptick from the last year's 81 touches, but remains unlikely to make a fantasy impact.
May 12 - 4:09 PM

Speaking in the Cowboys' post-draft press conference, EVP Stephen Jones said the team wants to get "web back" Tavon Austin "a dozen to two dozen" touches per game.

That's a real quote, verifiable at the link below. Jones said that's in addition to the return game. Austin lost return duties to Pharoh Cooper last season and averaged 4.5 touches on offense. Even during his Jeff Fisher heyday of 2015, Austin averaged just 6.5 touches. We are going to assume the front office doesn't actually mandate that Austin is one of the most heavily-used players in football this season, but the Cowboys have made it abundantly clear they want to feature Austin in their old Lance Dunbar role.
May 10 - 6:42 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys view Tavon Austin as a running back.

Rapoport compares Austin to Lance Dunbar, who received 24 targets in a third-down role with the Cowboys in 2016. Austin played a similar role with the Rams last season as he handled 59 carries and saw 22 targets. Despite Austin's reported involvement in Dallas' backfield, Ezekiel Elliott remains a prime bounce-back candidate and RB1 in 2018.
Apr 28 - 3:13 PM

Cowboys acquired Tavon Austin from the Rams in exchange for the No. 192 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

The gadget player goes from one of the most crowded receiver corps in the league to arguably the least. The overpaid former first-round bust couldn't find a role in Sean McVay's resurgent 2017 offense but that shouldn't be an issue in Dallas. The Cowboys need bodies at wideout. Austin can still resemble a game-breaker on film but rarely on the actual field. For his career he's averaged a running back-like 8.7 yards per catch. He was used more as a runner than receiver in 2017. Even if a bigger role materializes, Austin is unlikely to have 2018 fantasy value.
Apr 28 - 2:38 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Dak Prescott
2Cooper Rush
3Mike White
RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
3Tavon Austin
4Bo Scarbrough
5Trey Williams
GLB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
3RB1Ezekiel Elliott
2Rod Smith
FB1Jamize Olawale
WR11Terrance Williams
2Cole Beasley
3Noah Brown
4Lance Lenoir
5Mekale McKay
WR21Allen Hurns
2Michael Gallup
3Deonte Thompson
4Cedrick Wilson
5KD Cannon
WR31Cole Beasley
TE1Geoff Swaim
2Blake Jarwin
3Rico Gathers
4Dalton Schultz
LT1Tyron Smith
LG1Connor Williams
2Chaz Green
3Dustin Stanton
4Damien Mama
C1Travis Frederick
2Joe Looney
RG1Zack Martin
2Marcus Martin
3Dustin Stanton
RT1La'el Collins
2Cameron Fleming
K1Dan Bailey
2Brett Maher