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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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Tavon Austin (shoulder) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.
The Rams are just managing Austin's practice reps. He'll be his typical WR4 against the Cardinals. Sep 29 - 5:28 PM

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Tavon Austin (shoulder) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

It’s a new injury for Austin. The limited practice suggests it’s nothing serious. Austin is WR4 for Sunday’s Cardinals matchup.
Sep 28 - 7:41 PM

Tavon Austin caught 5-of-8 targets for 82 yards and a touchdown in the Rams' Week 3 win over the Bucs.

Austin entered Week 3 with an inconceivable 63 yards on 22 targets, but finally had a productive afternoon. The Rams continued to scheme him the ball, and Austin chewed up some yardage in space. His score was a 43-yarder where he was somehow left on a 1-on-1 island with Chris Conte. The result was predictable. Austin nearly cost the Rams late in the fourth quarter, fielding a kickoff like a punt and setting his team up at the six-yard line. It was a ball that should have been given up on. Going up against the Cardinals' solid secondary in Week 4, Austin will be a low-end WR4.
Sep 25 - 8:38 PM

Tavon Austin caught 5-of-9 targets for 50 yards in the Rams' Week 2 win over the Seahawks.

Austin was mostly held in check before reeling in a 27-yard catch down the left side. Prior to the grab, Austin had turned 19 targets into 34 yards through roughly two games. The Rams are clearly trying to feed him, but Austin simply has to make too many guys miss to turn nothing into something. He's hard to sell as a WR4 heading into a Week 3 road date at the Bucs.
Sep 18 - 7:56 PM

Tavon Austin caught just 4-of-12 targets for 13 yards in the Rams' Week 1 loss to the 49ers on Monday night.

On a per-target basis, that's about as ineffective as a receiver can be in a given game. While it's not all his own fault thanks to trash quarterback play, the Rams are paying Austin like a No. 1 receiver after he just signed a four-year, $42 million extension last month. He can't win downfield at 5'8/176 and catches all of his balls at the line of scrimmage. When doing so, Austin has to work extremely hard to literally make something out of nothing. It didn't happen Monday night, and it doesn't get any easier Week 2 against the Seahawks. Austin is a WR4/5 with blowup potential, but also a very low floor at the same time.
Sep 13 - 2:10 AM

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

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

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QB1Case Keenum
2Jared Goff
3Sean Mannion
RB1Todd Gurley
2Benny Cunningham
3Malcolm Brown
4Chase Reynolds
GLB1Todd Gurley
2Benny Cunningham
3RB1Benny Cunningham
2Todd Gurley
FB1Cory Harkey
WR11Tavon Austin
2Brian Quick
3Nelson Spruce
4Mike Thomas
WR21Kenny Britt
2Pharoh Cooper
3Bradley Marquez
WR31Brian Quick
TE1Lance Kendricks
2Tyler Higbee
3Temarrick Hemingway
LT1Greg Robinson
LG1Rodger Saffold
C1Tim Barnes
2Demetrius Rhaney
RG1Jamon Brown
2Cody Wichmann
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Andrew Donnal
K1Greg Zuerlein