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WR Tavon Austin - Los Angeles Rams

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

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs SF 24 4 24 0 5 3 14 0 0 3000 6.80 2.27
18 vs ATL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3000 0.00 0.00

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 15 vs SEA (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 10 / 44 / 0 rush - 4.4 points, $3000)

Normally you would expect Austin to make this list because of what he did in the receiving game, but he actually did not register a catch. Interestingly enough, he carried the ball 10 times and was the third leading rusher. Austin was used primarily on end-around plays but did line up in the wildcat a few times despite not really being a risk to throw the ball. This is a trend that will most likely not continue and Austin will revert to his 2-3 carries per game that he has averaged the rest of the season.

2017 Week 5 vs SEA (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec, 6 / 27 / 1 rush - 12.1 points, $3000)

At first glance, it looks like Austin had a great day with his 27-yard rushing touchdown to begin the second quarter. However, the bigger story was his troubles with returning punts. Austin muffed two catches and Seattle was able to recover one. This came in the fourth quarter with Seattle only winning by three and put the deficit to six. Austin was used in his normal quick hitting role in the passing game but had no success. The Rams actually handed him the ball in the backfield more than they threw it to him in the air (six to five attempts). This is a game the entire Rams offense will want to forget but especially Austin's issues returning punts.

2017 Week 1 vs IND (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec, 2 / 11 / 0 rush - 1.8 points, $3800)

Austin appears to have lost his role in this new Sean McVay offense as he was only on the field for 7 offensive plays in this game after being on the field 72% of the plays last season.


Latest News

Rams | Tavon Austin contract details (Thu Mar 15, 10:44 PM) - Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin had 'the rest of his contract' eliminated and is now working under a one-year, $5 million deal that can be worth up to $8 million with incentives. In addition, he will also have to compete for a role as a wide receiver, 'with no promises.'

Our View: He will be competing with Pharoh Cooper primarily to be the speed threat and return specialist for the team. Mike Thomas has also been with the team for two years and could compete for the fifth spot if Cooper wins the fourth. Austin has more football value than fantasy value at this point.
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Rams | Tavon Austin staying with the Rams (Thu Mar 15, 08:37 PM) - Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin has agreed to restructure his contract and will be with the Rams next season.

Our View: Austin never lived up to his top 10 pick status, but he can be a useful piece in a diverse offense with good play design, playcalling and quarterback play. This was a good outcome for both parties.
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