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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 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

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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.
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.
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

Tavon Austin (ankle) is not expected to play in Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Seahawks.

Both FOX Sports' Mike Garafolo and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport are hearing that Austin is unlikely to suit up for the regular season finale. Austin sprained his ankle in Week 14 against the Cardinals and has missed the majority of practices since. Austin Pettis will fill in as the Rams' slot receiver again this week.
Sun, Dec 29, 2013 10:55:00 AM

Tavon Austin (ankle, questionable) will be a game-time decision for Week 17 against Seattle.

Coach Jeff Fisher is "optimistic" about Tavon's chances after a return to limited practice Friday. Austin was already being limited in terms of snaps on the field, and now barely practiced during the week, failing to get in any work on Wednesday or Thursday. He won't be a recommended Week 17 fantasy play.
Fri, Dec 27, 2013 02:41:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) remained out of Thursday's practice.

Barring a surprise Friday return, the first-round rookie is going to miss his third consecutive game.
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Tavon Austin (ankle) was held out of Rams practice Wednesday.

He's missed the last two games. Austin's Week 17 status is uncertain.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 08:15:00 PM

Coach Jeff Fisher said Tavon Austin (ankle) has a better chance to play this week than last.

Austin has missed the last two games due to a sprained ankle. He's likely shaping up as another game-time decision for Sunday's finale against the Seahawks. When these two teams squared off in late October, Austin has two catches for nine yards.
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 10:29:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Shaun Hill
2Austin Davis
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
3Justice Cunningham
4Alex Bayer
K1Greg Zuerlein