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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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Tavon Austin (knee) did not practice Wednesday.
Austin got his knee rolled up awkwardly against the Bucs last week. It had the looks of a potentially-serious injury, but the Rams are calling it a sprained MCL. He's unlikely to play this week. Stedman Bailey could man the slot. Sep 17 - 4:39 PM

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NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Tavon Austin has been diagnosed with a sprained right MCL, and will be sidelined "roughly" two weeks.

Austin's sprained MCL is less severe than Ryan Mathews', who is missing 4-5 weeks with the same injury. It hurts the Rams on special teams, but Austin has remained little more than a gadget player on offense this season. There's no fantasy impact here.
Sep 15 - 1:42 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said Tavon Austin (knee) is headed for further testing Monday.

Austin went down in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the Bucs and didn't return. The package player has three catches for 34 yards and three rushes for 26 yards through two games.
Sep 14 - 8:55 PM

Tavon Austin suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's Week 2 game against the Bucs.

Austin's knee got twisted and bent up beneath him on short pass while being tackle by Mark Barron. It looked like it could potentially be serious. Austin hobbled off, but we may not see him the rest of the afternoon. Austin had a gain of 18 yards on an end-around earlier in the game, but that was about it.
Sep 14 - 5:13 PM

Tavon Austin caught all three of his targets for 34 yards in the Rams' Week 1 loss to the Vikings.

He added five yards rushing on three carries, as the Rams lined Austin up in the backfield a couple times. The Rams simply aren't getting enough out of Austin. He doesn't create space or make defenders miss on a regular enough basis, and OC Brian Schottenheimer isn't creative enough to make anything work. Austin's main impact will come on punt returns as a sophomore. He's not start-able outside of deep leagues or return-yardage formats.
Sep 7 - 5:58 PM

Tavon Austin was held without a catch in Saturday's preseason game, drawing only one target.

The Rams' full first-team offense played only two series, but it was still a disappointing night for the 2013 first-rounder. Austin has just five grabs for 40 yards through three preseason games. He isn't looking poised to make much of a fantasy impact as a gadget player and slot man for the Rams' run-first offense.
Aug 23 - 11:09 PM

Torry Holt stated in a radio interview Tuesday that sophomore WR Tavon Austin has been "very quiet" in 2014 training camp.

"Tavon Austin has been very quiet this camp," said Holt, who's a regular at Rams camp and is St. Louis' preseason color analyst. "He was quiet the other night (in the preseason opener), and for a guy picked eighth overall, it's bothering me that he's been so quiet." Holt believes Austin will make his biggest second-year impact on special teams. Austin somehow has an early tenth-round ADP.
Aug 13 - 11:12 AM

Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt are listed as the first-team wide receivers on St. Louis' first unofficial depth chart.

Last year's No. 8 overall pick, Austin has had a quiet camp after an ineffective rookie season. Perhaps the Rams are listing him as a starter in an effort to boost Austin's confidence. In training camp, Britt and Brian Quick have predominately worked as the starters with Austin in the slot and backfield.
Aug 4 - 3:48 PM

Tavon Austin acknowledged he struggled to learn the Rams' playbook as a rookie.

It's worth noting Austin scored a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. "I didn't really know what was going on," he said. "Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me." Entering his second season, Austin now claims to have OC Brian Schottenheimer's system down pat. He's expected to be a sub-package weapon, playing limited snaps. Austin is a long shot for steady WR3 value.
Jul 23 - 12:06 PM

OC Brian Schottenheimer said he'll be moving Tavon Austin around to "a lot of different spots" this season.

"You'll see us hand him the ball, do some different things," Schotty said. "He's playing so much faster just because he knows what we're doing. He has the system down cold." Austin never found a real role as a rookie thanks to dropped passes and an inability to shake loose in small spaces. We wouldn't rule out the light flipping on in Year 2, but last year's tape was so horrifying that we're skeptical. Schottenheimer failed to scheme Austin successfully last year.
Jun 23 - 8:59 AM

Tavon Austin admitted his rookie year was a "pretty big adjustment for me at first."

Austin's 2013 was a borderline disaster, as he dropped six passes in the first five games, had his playing time slashed drastically and ended up averaging just 10.5 yards per catch. He struggled to make plays in small spaces, a mandatory skill for 5-foot-8 slot receivers. We're not giving up on such an explosive player after one season, but it's hard to buy the Rams' claims that things are slowing down now for Austin and he'll be settled in. On a team striving to run the ball and let their defense win games, Austin is a boom-or-bust WR4/5.
Jun 11 - 11:35 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 31 - 10:24 AM

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Shaun Hill
2Austin Davis
3Case Keenum
RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3Tre Mason
4Chase Reynolds
5Trey Watts
GLB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
3RB1Zac Stacy
2Benny Cunningham
FB1Cory Harkey
WR11Kenny Britt
2Tavon Austin
3Stedman Bailey
WR21Brian Quick
2Chris Givens
3Austin Pettis
WR31Tavon Austin
TE1Jared Cook
2Lance Kendricks
3Alex Bayer
K1Greg Zuerlein