WR Tavon Austin - Los Angeles Rams
|5-9, 174||Born: 3-15-1991||College: West Virginia||Drafted: Round 1, pick 8|
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec, 2 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin ended his season about as poorly as he could have imagined as he fumbled twice on the day including one that ended up being recovered by Arizona. Outside of the fumbles there really was nothing going for Austin which aligns with most of the Rams offense as they tried to get him the ball but he was unable to break lose in this game as the Rams seemed to contain just about everything the Rams did in this game.
2016 Week 16 vs SF (7 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 3 / 26 / 1 rush)
With the loss of Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin had a chance to step up and take over the offense. He was targeted a team-high 7 times but was unable to do anything with the extra targets. Jared Goff was off the mark on several throws and Austin had to find other ways to contribute. This came in the way of a 30-yard rushing touchdown. Austin took the handoff off tackle and went untouched into the end zone. If Britt is out next week, look for a significant bump in touches for Austin.
2016 Week 15 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec, 2 / 13 / 0 rush)
Austin could not quite meet his production from last week and was smothered by a dominating Seahawks' defense. The only real play of note was an 8-yard end around early in the first half. The Seahawks kept Jared Goff on the run all night and the Rams never really attempted to get Austin going with screens or short routes today.
2016 Week 14 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec, 2 / 27 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin was one of the most productive Rams today and had big plays in both the rush and passing game. Austin took a jet sweep 23-yards on the first drive of the game, but the Rams were unable to capitalize as Jared Goff was later intercepted in the red zone. Austin was also targeted 11 times in the game and his big catch came on a 17-yard reception in the second quarter. Unfortunately, after his catch and a penalty for a false start, Goff was again intercepted and returned for a touchdown. Austin continues to play a role in the passing and run game but will need better play from his quarterback to make a difference.
2016 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Austin played a big role in this one as he scored a touchdown, rushed for a first down, and caught all 4 of his targets. The big play came on his 24-yard perfectly thrown touchdown on the first drive of the game. It was nice to see Goff push the ball down the field to Austin rather than relying on the quick dump offs that had become the staple of the season. Austin took a nice jet sweep 10 yards off tackle in the third quarter, but as the Rams continued to fall behind in the game they all but abandoned the run. Austin should help Goff going forward with the short and intermediate throws to get the rookie quarterback settled early in the game. Look for the volume to increase as the Rams figure to be behind early and often in their next three games.
2016 Week 11 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Austin was unable to get on the same page with Goff today as the speedy receiver only had 3 total touches. Goff never really seemed to look in Austin's direction as he never made it that far in his progressions. The lone catch was a short 21-yard catch and run towards the end of the third quarter that helped set up a Zuerlein field goal.
2016 Week 10 vs NYJ (7 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 2 / 10 / 0 rush)
Austin was heavily targeted in this one but was unable to pull in most as Keenum was wildly inaccurate on the day. Austin was unable to find any room to run after the catch today and the same went for out of the backfield. Keenum tried to get him the ball, but the two were just not on the same page. Look for Austin to get on track next week against visiting Miami.
2016 Week 9 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Austin was very quiet today with his one catch for 17 yards and was not used as much in the run game as he has been this season. The speedy receiver never broke away from Carolina's banged up and young secondary, and did not play a major factor in the game today.
2016 Week 7 vs NYG (15 / 10 / 57 / 1 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Austin continues to be a roller coaster this season as he came off a three reception four target game last week and followed that up with a heavy usage rate this week as he was targeted 15 times. Austin, unfortunately, was not able to do much with the targets as his longest reception of the day was only ten yards as he has continued to show difficulty running after the catch which is what made him so valuable in prior years. Austin was able to catch his second touchdown of the year in this game on an in-route over the middle. Austin still has the elusiveness as we have seen it on punt returns this season, but for whatever reason is having a hard time making defenders miss when he gets the ball on offense. Austin has 50 targets this year and is only averaging 4.8 yards per target which simply is not good enough for the most targeted receiver on this team.
2016 Week 6 vs DET (4 / 3 / 24 / 0 rec, 3 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin went into this game with high expectations, as Slay was going to be lined up against Kenny Britt. Austin had a season low in targets with four in this game. Prior to this game, Austin had been averaging nine targets per game and while the production had not been there so far this season the volume had been. This is a situation to watch, as the volume may be shifting to the more productive Britt this season as Keenum continues to develop as a quarterback.
2016 Week 5 vs BUF (10 / 7 / 59 / 0 rec, 3 / 26 / 0 rush)
Austin was targeted a team-high 10 times and pulled in 7 of those passes for 59 yards, adding 3 carries for 26 yards on the ground. Austin was able to find separation from his defender on an out and up double move. Austin continues to see the targets as he is averaging nine targets per game but has yet to show consistency so far this season as he only averaging 4.6 yards per target.
2016 Week 4 vs ARI (6 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / -6 / 0 rush)
For the fourth week in a row, Tavon Austin's targets have decreased (13, 9, 8, 6) as he continues to deal with a shoulder injury. Austin and Case Keenum almost connected on a 50-yard pass that unfortunately hit the ground as Austin was going to the ground ruling it incomplete. Had he caught that pass his day looks very different. Austin was able to setup the Rams for a win in this game with a big punt 47-yard punt return which ultimately setup the Rams for the game-winning touchdown.
2016 Week 3 vs TB (8 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec, 2 / 22 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin continues to be the leading target for Case Keenum and the Rams offense, but prior to this game he just wasn't able to capitalize on the targets. This week, he made the most of them as he caught five of the eight passes thrown to him including a corner route along the sidelines that once Austin caught it he was able to spin out of a tackle and easily run into the end zone for his first touchdown of the season. Much like a lot of the Rams offense he is going to be highly volatile as he is a big play threat, but he has 29 targets in just three games which is definitely something to keep an eye on as he is the leading receiver on this offense.
2016 Week 2 vs SEA (9 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin continued his slow start to this season, although he was able to break a long reception for 26 yards on a deep out route that was a perfect throw by Case Keenum. Excluding this reception, Austin had 8 targets for just 24 yards, which is a concern as last week he had 12 targets for just 13 yards. The issue is that the Rams are just not doing enough to keep the defense honest on the types of plays that Austin can utilize his speed. They tried to hand the ball off to Austin and he has had little success so far this season. Austin has a very unconventional role in this offense, and his role is being impacted due to the nature of the Rams' offense at this point.
2016 Week 1 vs SF (12 / 4 / 13 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Tavon Austin was heavily targeted in this game, but never got it going as when they targeted him, Keenum was unable to complete the deep pass due to inaccuracy, or there was a defender waiting for the play on the short routes and it was either caught or broken up by the defender. The Rams did attempt to incorporate Austin in the running game, but the 49ers had every answer this week and stopped the wide receiver run for minimal game. Austin did make an impact as a punt returner with a 28 yard punt return which appears to be where most of his value is at this point until the Rams can figure out a consistent passing game.
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