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Tavon Austin | Wide Receiver | #11

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (26) / 3/15/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'8' / 179
College: West Virginia
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (8) / LAR
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Rams GM Les Snead said Tavon Austin (hamstring) will be "used very similarly" by the new coaching staff.
Austin was somewhat ridiculously pegged as a deep threat when coach Sean McVay was hired, but he has not been healthy enough to carve out a role. "We haven’t figured out how much he evolves as a receiver in this offense because he hasn’t had a chance to play," Snead said. "He threatens the opposing team in many different ways. We’ve just got to get him healthy." With Sammy Watkins in the fold, Austin's chance at a meaningful role now looks even slimmer. Aug 17 - 9:30 AM

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The Rams are unsure if Tavon Austin (hamstring) will be available for any preseason games.

Austin has essentially been injured since Sean McVay took over as Rams coach, missing the spring following wrist surgery and now missing almost the entirety of training camp. Initially, hilariously, ticketed for the "DeSean Jackson Role" in McVay's offense, Austin has been replaced there by Sammy Watkins.
Aug 13 - 7:14 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said Tavon Austin "definitely has a place" despite the trade for Sammy Watkins.

Austin has been a gadget player his entire career and failed miserably in larger roles. With Watkins and Robert Woods lining up as outside receivers and Cooper Kupp in the slot, it will be tough for Austin to contribute. The only "role" imaginable for Austin after the Rams' offseason additions is a rotational gadget player. Austin should not be drafted in most fantasy leagues this year.
Source: ESPN
Aug 12 - 1:15 PM

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk on NBC Sports, the Rams aren't shopping Tavon Austin.

There was speculation Austin could be dealt after the Rams acquired Sammy Watkins from Buffalo on Friday, but multiple outlets have confirmed that isn't the case. Obviously Watkins' presence will mean fewer targets for Austin, whose fantasy appeal was flimsy to begin with. A glorified gadget player (despite ludicrous comparisons to DeSean Jackson), the former eighth overall pick ranked 123rd out of 154 qualified receivers in yards per reception last season.
Aug 11 - 2:13 PM

Tavon Austin has missed the past five days of training camp with a hamstring injury.

Austin missed the entire offseason program as he recovered from wrist surgery. "It’s a little bit of a setback," coach Sean McVay admitted. It's practice time Austin can't afford to miss as the Rams attempt a likely ill-fated transition to making him more of an outside threat. It's hard to see Austin's path to standard league relevance, and even PPR is probably a stretch.
Aug 7 - 3:25 PM

Tavon Austin has been fully cleared for training camp.

Austin missed the spring due to wrist surgery. The Rams have spoken openly of how they want to use Austin in a DeSean Jackson-type role, sending him on more vertical patterns. ESPN Rams reporter Alden Gonzalez observed Austin "being sent on several deep routes outside" on his first day of action. Austin lacks re-draft appeal, but he offers some upside as a best-ball WR6/7 pick.
Jul 30 - 2:35 PM

Rams coach Sean McVay said he projects Tavon Austin "to be a big part of our offense."

Austin is still recovering from wrist surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McVay said he will not be able to truly gauge how they will use Austin until he sees him on the field, but the Rams reportedly want to use him as more of a deep threat, which has not been an area of expertise for Austin to this point in his career. McVay has a much better chance to get something out of Austin than the previous regime, but we are still not projecting a breakout.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 10:21 AM

Tavon Austin (wrist) is expected to be ready for training camp.

Austin is just over a month removed from surgery. He didn't participate in team drills at OTAs, but has been getting in some conditioning work. A gadget player his first four seasons, the Rams are hoping to use Austin as more of a deep threat under Sean McVay.
Jun 9 - 6:11 PM

Just 15 of Tavon Austin's 181 career receptions have travelled more than 15 yards in the air.

In other words, if you were trying to engineer a reverse-DeSean Jackson, Austin would be your man. It's D-Jax new Rams coach Sean McVay wants Austin to be more like in 2017, but it's a pipe dream. The supposed big-play threat has averaged 9.1 yards per catch for his career, which would have ranked eighth amongst running backs last season. His 2016 mark of 8.8 was third-to-last amongst wide receivers. Jackson averaged literally twice as many yards per catch. Part of it has been Austin's usage, but the odds of him suddenly developing into a viable deep threat in Year Five of his NFL career are close to zero.
Source: ESPN.com
May 15 - 2:34 PM

Rams GM Les Snead said the "goal" for Tavon Austin (wrist surgery) is training camp.

It's notable that's the "goal" instead of the expectation. Speaking in a radio interview, Snead also reiterated his desire for Austin to take on more a "DeSean Jackson-like" role. Austin has the speed, but if he had the skills, he would have become "DeSean Jackson-like" three years ago. You don't become DeSean Jackson five seasons into your career.
May 9 - 1:20 PM

Tavon Austin will miss OTAs after undergoing surgery on his left wrist.

Austin underwent arthroscopic surgery on Thursday. He should still be ready for training camp in late July. Despite his 4.34 speed and theoretical playmaking ability, the former first-round pick has never developed into anything more than a gadget player. Apparently now scheduled to play outside receiver under rookie coach Sean McVay, Jackson is going to miss valuable practice time in the Rams' new offense.
May 5 - 2:47 PM

The Rams want Tavon Austin to become more of a downfield threat similar to DeSean Jackson.

Easier said than done. Jackson is one of the premier deep threats the sport has seen over the last decade. While not big at 5'10/175, Jackson still plays bigger than the 5'9/174 Austin. Both ran similar forties as straight-line speedsters, with Jackson blazing a 4.35 coming out of Cal and Austin clocking a 4.34 out of West Virginia. New Rams coach Sean McVay obviously got a ton out of Jackson in Washington and hopes to develop Austin into more as a receiver after Jeff Fisher's staff seemed clueless how to use him, using Austin more as a gimmick.
Source: ESPN.com
May 5 - 12:19 PM

Tavon Austin secured two-of-four targets for 18 yards and rushed twice for two yards Sunday in the Rams' Week 17 loss to the Cardinals.

Tavon was as frustrating as ever in 2016. He sprinkled in moments of brilliance but they were often buried between layers of gaffes and inexplicable miscues. Austin is undeniably talented and can change the game in a split-second with a long catch or one of his patented returns. But he still hasn’t graduated from being a gadget player and at this point, he probably never will. Austin re-wrote the book on boom-or-bust, which makes him almost impossible to employ with any level of confidence in fantasy. He’ll finish the year with 58 catches for 509 yards and three touchdowns to go with 159 yards and one touchdown on 28 rushing attempts.
Jan 1 - 8:35 PM

Tavon Austin secured two-of-seven targets for 14 yards and added three carries for 26 yards and a touchdown Saturday in the Rams' Week 16 loss to the 49ers.

Austin hasn’t done as much running as he did last year, but he looked pretty swift on his 30-yard touchdown dash late in the first quarter. That was the Rams’ longest running play of the season. Austin’s speed never left but the Rams haven’t been able to find much use for it this year. The Rams’ gadget receiver will take on the Cardinals in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:45:00 PM

Tavon Austin caught 3-of-5 targets for 14 yards in the Rams' Week 15 loss to the Seahawks, adding two rushes for 13 yards.

Same as it ever was for the disappointing gadget player. Austin's career hinges on the Rams making the right coaching hire. Austin can be a useful player, but more so in "real life" than fantasy. He won't be a recommended WR4 against the 49ers in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 12:28:00 AM

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2Malcolm Brown
3Aaron Green
4Justin Davis
5Lance Dunbar
GLB1Todd Gurley
2Malcolm Brown
3RB1Todd Gurley
2Malcolm Brown
FB1Cory Harkey
2Sam Rogers
WR11Sammy Watkins
2Tavon Austin
3Josh Reynolds
4Nelson Spruce
5Brandon Shippen
WR21Robert Woods
2Cooper Kupp
3Mike Thomas
4Pharoh Cooper
5Paul McRoberts
WR31Cooper Kupp
TE1Tyler Higbee
2Gerald Everett
3Temarrick Hemingway
4Johnny Mundt
5Travis Wilson
LT1Andrew Whitworth
2Pace Murphy
3Michael Dunn
LG1Rodger Saffold
2Jake Eldrenkamp
3Alex Kozan
C1John Sullivan
2Austin Blythe
RG1Jamon Brown
2Cody Wichmann
RT1Rob Havenstein
2Andrew Donnal
3Darrell Williams
K1Greg Zuerlein