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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver

Team: St. Louis Rams
Age / DOB:  (24) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 176
College: West Virginia
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Tavon Austin caught one pass for 35 yards in the Rams' preseason opener.
Austin made the highlight play of the first half, weaving his way through the Raiders' defense for a 35-yard gain on a screen pass. More importantly for his fantasy prospects, Austin opened the game as a starter in two-wide sets. That will likely change as Brian Quick (shoulder) gets up to full speed, however, and Austin's previous highlight plays have never amounted to consistent production. He will likely remain a low-usage gadget player this season. Aug 14 - 11:32 PM

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Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt are listed as the first-team wideouts on the Rams' first unofficial depth chart.

We wouldn't read too much into this at all. Brian Quick (shoulder) will be the starter opposite Britt soon and Austin will resume his role as a gadget player. Austin averaged 2.9 targets per game last season.
Aug 10 - 11:34 AM

New Rams OC Frank Cignetti said WR Tavon Austin "had a great offseason."

"It starts in the classroom. He’s learning. He’s paying attention. He’s bringing it to the practice field," Cignetti said. "You just see it from his route running. What a difference. His effort, his attention to details. Every day out there, the guy’s made plays." Cignetti will likely try to get Austin into space to utilize his theoretical playmaking ability, but Austin has shown nothing so far to suggest he will suddenly turn into an offensive weapon. He is well off the redraft radar.
Jun 20 - 11:54 AM

Brian Quick hints the Rams will have a more creative offense in 2015.

"Oh man, we have some stuff," Quick said of new OC Frank Cignetti. "It’s going to take some time, but it’s coming. (Cignetti) has a lot up his sleeve." Ex-OC Brian Schottenheimer was brutally vanilla, something Quick is tacitly acknowledging. One of Cignetti's most-important tasks is finding something for the Rams to do with the No. 8 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Tavon Austin. Schottenheimer never came close to figuring out Austin's ideal role.
Jun 4 - 7:13 PM

Rams OC Frank Cignetti said he plans to get Tavon Austin more involved.

Austin has been a gadget player his first two seasons. He's shown nothing to believe he'll develop into a featured receiver, and doesn't project as higher than the No. 3 option. Austin is entering a make-or-break year in 2015.
Feb 14 - 5:38 PM

Tavon Austin caught two passes for 13 yards in the Rams' Week 17 loss to the Seahawks, rushing one time for one yard.

As a sophomore, Austin caught 31 passes for 242 scoreless yards and rushed 35 times for 224 yards and two touchdowns. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 draft, Austin made some strides after a slow start to the season, but he’s shown nothing that gives us any hope that he’ll be more than a gadget player. Austin is well off the fantasy radar in the Rams’ spread-the-wealth offense that lacks a true weapon at receiver. Austin holds no redraft value and his Dynasty stock is very low.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 08:08:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught one pass for 15 yards and rushed three times for 25 yards in Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Giants.

Austin really hurt the team by having a first-quarter screen pass clang off his hands and get picked off by the Giants. The No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 draft remains a gadget player at best and now has just 29 catches on the season. The Rams finish up at Seattle in Week 17.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 08:21:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 2-of-4 targets for 14 yards in the Rams' Week 15 loss to the Cardinals, adding an eight-yard rush.

Austin's three touches were his fewest in five games. Austin has made minor strides this season, but still doesn't bust nearly enough big plays, particularly on offense. He's an end-of-bench type in dynasty leagues.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:22:00 AM

Tavon Austin managed 46 yards on five carries and caught two passes for 14 yards in the Rams' Week 14 win over the Redskins.

Austin legitimately looked like the best player on the field in this one. He was dynamic as a punt returner, bringing back four punts for 143 yards, including a 78-yard touchdown. The Rams just may be figuring out how to use the former first-round pick, though we don't expect him to carry much fantasy weight.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Tavon Austin rushed twice for 24 yards and a touchdown and caught two balls for 11 yards in the Rams' Week 13 win over the Raiders.

Austin scored an 18-yard touchdown on a "speed sweep" run to give St. Louis a 21-0 lead late in the first quarter. Otherwise, he was a minimal part of the Rams' offense, focusing mostly on special teams.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 05:18:00 PM

Tavon Austin rushed for 27 yards and one touchdown on three carries in the Rams' Week 12 loss to the Chargers.

Austin caught three passes for 11 yards. His two biggest plays were a 15-yard run to set up his own six-yard touchdown run two plays later. Austin was also dynamic on punt returns, bring two back for 44 yards, though a 77-yard one late in the fourth quarter was called back due to a questionable holding penalty. Austin remains a non-factor fantasy-wise, but he's shown some signs of life lately.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:54:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught two passes for 20 yards in the Rams' Week 10 loss to the Cardinals.

Austin added one carry for 10 yards. He turned his first target into 17 yards, bursting up field after catching it at the line of scrimmage. But that was it for last year's No. 8 overall pick. He's obviously nowhere near fantasy relevance.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 08:17:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught two passes for 12 yards in the Rams' Week 8 loss to the Chiefs.

Austin added seven yards on two carries. A bit part of the offense as a niche player, Austin is well off the fantasy radar. He's been a colossal bust since going No. 8 overall in last year's draft.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 06:01:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught three passes for six yards and rushed for 16 yards on five carries in the Rams' Week 7 win over the Seahawks.

Austin was given five carries, second only behind Tre Mason's 18, as a traditional running back. He hits the hole hard, but is too small/fragile to make charging linebackers and linemen miss. As a receiver, we've just about given up hope on Austin. He doesn't do anything near the line of scrimmage with the ball in his hands. His jukes are rendered useless. Austin is simply a gadget player.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 12:22:00 AM

Tavon Austin caught four passes for 35 yards in the Rams' Week 6 loss to the 49ers.

He was targeted five times, which is pretty a pretty standard day at the office for last year's No. 8 overall pick. Austin has proven time and again that he's not an NFL-caliber receiver. He shouldn't be anywhere near re-draft rosters.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:21:00 AM

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QB1Nick Foles
2Austin Davis
3Case Keenum
4Sean Mannion
RB1Tre Mason
2Todd Gurley
3Benny Cunningham
4Chase Reynolds
5Malcolm Brown
GLB1Tre Mason
2Todd Gurley
3RB1Benny Cunningham
2Tre Mason
FB1Cory Harkey
2Brad Smelley
3Zach Laskey
WR11Brian Quick
2Tavon Austin
3Chris Givens
4Damian Williams
5Tyler Slavin
WR21Kenny Britt
2Stedman Bailey
3Emory Blake
4Daniel Rodriguez
5Isiah Ferguson
WR31Stedman Bailey
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Justice Cunningham
4Alex Bayer
K1Greg Zuerlein
2Michael Palardy