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WR Tavon Austin - Dallas Cowboys

5-9, 174Born: 3-15-1991College: West VirginiaDrafted: Round 1, pick 8

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All due respect to Cowboys Executive Vice President Stephen Jones, but he should stop making public predictions about player's roles. A few days after acquiring Tavon Austin from the Rams on draft weekend, Jones told assembled media the team wants to get Austin "a dozen to two dozen touches per game." Even if Austin was a bonafide difference maker, that workload would be nigh impossible. The only player on the roster likely to see that workload is Ezekiel Elliott. And Austin is no threat to displace Elliott as the offensive focal point. Jones' statement is made all the more absurd by who he said it about. Austin spent five years with the Rams disappointing fans and coaches alike. Jeff Fisher continued to force Austin's square peg into the NFL's round hole to no avail, but last year Sean McVay relegated Austin to a marginal role (326 yards and one touchdown). Austin is built like a small running back (5'9", 174 lbs.) but plays receiver. He's neither fish nor fowl. Austin's supporters will point to the Cowboys questionable depth chart and wonder if the 6th year veteran can reprise his 2015 season; which was good enough for a 21st place fantasy ranking. It's unlikely, but not impossible. Austin is a waiver wire watchlist candidate in 12-team leagues until further notice. (May 20)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft PPR - 109, 75

Stats and Projections

2015 LA 16 52 434 4 87 52 473 5 2
2016 LA 15 28 159 1 106 58 509 3 1
2017 LAR 16 58 265 1 23 14 61 0 4
2018 PROJ-Dodds 15 30 * * 10 * * *
2018 PROJ-Henry 16 22 * * 15 * * *
2018 PROJ-Wood 16 30 * * 9 * * *
2018 PROJ-Tremblay 16 49 * * 12 * * *

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Latest News

Cowboys | Tavon Austin to be WR first (Sat May 12, 04:41 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin will line up at different spot this upcoming season but will be mostly used as a receiver, according to offensive coordinator Scott Linehan.

Our View: Austin can be moved around the formation and can line up in the backfield for certain looks. The team will be creative with the way he's used, but we're not expecting much from Austin in 2018.
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Cowboys | Tavon Austin to be busy? (Thu May 10, 10:15 PM) - Dallas Cowboys WR Tavon Austin could touch the ball 'a dozen to two dozen' times per game this season, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones.

Our View: It's hard to say how realistic this is, or what it means. We've heard it before about Austin and it never happens. But there is a potential talent gap with the departures of Dez Bryant and Jason Witten, so we're optimistic the opportunity will be there. The execution? Austin doesn't have our faith on that end.
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2018 Schedule

1@ Carolina Panthers
2vs New York Giants
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4vs Detroit Lions
5@ Houston Texans
6vs Jacksonville Jaguars
7@ Washington Redskins
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9vs Tennessee Titans
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11@ Atlanta Falcons
12vs Washington Redskins
13vs New Orleans Saints
14vs Philadelphia Eagles
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ New York Giants