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Tavon Austin

26-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Los Angeles Rams

2016 Receiving Stats

Rec

58

Yds

509

TD

3

Avg

8.8

Tar

106

2017 Receiving Projections

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2017 Fantasy Football Outlook

Austin is classified as a receiver, but his targets look more like a running back's -- 8.8 YPC (dead last among the league's 41 100-target WR) and 4.8 YPT (also 41st). While he rushed for 434 yards on...

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2017 ADP:  197.03

Rank (Overall): Hidden

Rank (WR): Hidden

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Bye Week:  8

STATUS:  Questionable     INJURY:  Wrist
HT: 5' 8"   WT: 176   DOB: 3/15/1991
College: West Virginia  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Tavon Austin Contract Information:

Signed a four-year, $42 million contract extension with the Rams in August of 2016.

June 20, 2017  –  Tavon Austin News

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Austin (wrist) is slated to be ready for training camp, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

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Tavon Austin NFL Stats
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  Receiving Rec Distance Big Rec Games Rushing Kick Ret Punt Ret Fumbles
Year Age Team G Rec Yards TD Tar Avg YPT 20+ 40+ 100+ 150+ 200+ Att Yards Avg TD Yds TD Yds TD Tot Lost
2009 18 CFB 13 15 151 1 10.1 - - - - - - 6 47 - 1 - - - - - -
2010 19 CFB 13 58 787 8 13.6 - - - - - - 15 159 - 1 - - - - - -
2011 20 CFB 13 101 1186 8 11.7 - - - - - - 16 182 - 1 - - - - - -
2012 21 CFB 13 114 1289 12 11.3 - - - - - - 72 643 - 3 - - - - - -
2013 22 STL 13 40 418 4 69 10.5 6.1 5 2 1 0 0 9 151 16.8 1 398 0 280 1 4 1
2014 23 STL 15 31 242 0 44 7.8 5.5 2 0 0 0 0 36 224 6.2 2 19 0 391 1 5 0
2015 24 STL 16 52 473 5 87 9.1 5.4 5 2 0 0 0 52 434 8.3 4 16 0 268 1 3 2
2016 25 LA 15 58 509 3 106 8.8 4.8 6 1 0 0 0 28 159 5.7 1 5 0 364 0 5 1
2017 Proj 26 LAR Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Tavon Austin

Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Tavon Austin Fantasy/Red Zone Stats
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  Fantasy Points Per Game Receiving Stats Red Zone Targets Rushing Stats Red Zone Runs
Year Age Team G Standard PPR 0.5 PPR Rec/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5 Att/G Yds/G In20 In10 In5
2009 18 CFB 13 2.4 3.6 3.0 1 12 - - - 0 4 - - -
2010 19 CFB 13 11.4 15.9 13.7 4 61 - - - 1 12 - - -
2011 20 CFB 13 14.7 22.4 18.6 8 91 - - - 1 14 - - -
2012 21 CFB 13 21.8 30.6 26.2 9 99 - - - 6 49 - - -
2013 22 STL 13 6.7 9.8 8.2 3 32 10 4 2 1 12 0 0 0
2014 23 STL 15 3.9 6.0 4.9 2 16 0 0 0 2 15 9 1 0
2015 24 STL 16 9.0 12.3 10.7 3 30 10 4 0 3 27 3 2 1
2016 25 LA 15 6.1 9.9 8.0 4 34 10 3 0 2 11 4 2 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Tavon Austin – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Wide Receiver
Also Listed As:  #1 Kick Returner, #1 Punt Returner

Snap Count Stats

731

Offensive Snaps in 2016

Tavon Austin was on the field for 731 of his team's snaps on offense in 2016.

91

Special Teams Snaps in 2016

Tavon Austin was on the field for 91 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2016.

Year Off ST
2014 509 77
2015 742 88
2016 731 91
Tavon Austin 2016 Game Log
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  Snap Count Receiving Rec Distance Rushing Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret Red Zone Targets Red Zone Runs
Week Opp Off ST Rec Yards TD Tar Avg 20+ 40+ Att Yards Avg TD Tot Lost Yds TD Yds TD In20 In10 In5 In20 In10 In5
1 @SF 57 7 4 13 0 12 3.3 0 0 1 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Sea 45 7 5 50 0 9 10.0 1 0 2 6 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 15 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
3 @TB 50 5 5 82 1 8 16.4 1 1 2 22 11.0 0 0 0 5 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @Ari 47 4 2 14 0 6 7.0 0 0 1 -6 -6.0 0 0 0 0 0 47 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
5 Buf 46 7 7 59 0 10 8.4 1 0 3 26 8.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 2 1 0
6 @Det 49 2 3 24 0 4 8.0 0 0 3 2 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
7 NYG 61 8 10 57 1 15 5.7 0 0 1 10 10.0 0 2 0 0 0 28 0 2 2 0 0 0 0
8 BYE Bye Week
9 Car 53 6 1 17 0 2 17.0 0 0 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
10 @NYJ 46 6 2 19 0 7 9.5 1 0 2 10 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 38 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
11 Mia 51 11 1 21 0 2 21.0 1 0 2 8 4.0 0 0 0 0 0 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @NO 40 3 4 45 1 4 11.3 1 0 1 10 10.0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 @NE
14 Atl 48 8 7 62 0 11 8.9 0 0 2 27 13.5 0 0 0 0 0 74 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @Sea 43 4 3 14 0 5 4.7 0 0 2 13 6.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
16 SF 48 9 2 14 0 7 7.0 0 0 3 26 8.7 1 1 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 Ari 47 4 2 18 0 4 9.0 0 0 2 2 1.0 0 2 1 0 0 18 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Tavon Austin  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Wide Receivers
Height:   5' 8"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   176 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.34 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.01 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill
Not Available
Arm Length:   30.00 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.13 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   32 in
POOR
Broad Jump:   120 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   14 reps
WEAK
Los Angeles Rams Team Injury Report
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Tavon Austin: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Rams offensive coordinator Matt LeFleur intends to take advantage of Austin's (wrist) speed by using him as a downfield threat in 2017, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. "When you look at what Washington was able to do and what Atlanta was able to do and the explosive plays, it all starts with having speed at that receiver position, which is something he possesses," McVay explained. "I know last year in Atlanta, they used Taylor Gabriel [downfield] and he's not the tallest guy, but he could get open and he was electric with the ball in his hands. So hopefully we can get Tavon going the same way."

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Austin underwent surgery on his left wrist this week but is expected to be ready for training camp, Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.com reports.

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Austin caught just two of four targets for 18 yards and rushed twice for two yards during Sunday's loss to Arizona.

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Austin caught just two of seven targets for 14 yards but rushed three times for 26 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's loss to the 49ers.

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Austin brought in three of five targets for 14 yards and gained 13 yards on two rushes in Thursday's 24-3 loss to the Seahawks.

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Austin caught seven of 11 targets for 62 yards in Sunday's loss to the Falcons. He also added 27 yards on two carries in the contest.

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Austin (chest) practiced fully Wednesday, Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register reports.

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2016

After three years, the Rams finally figured out how to use the 2013 eighth overall pick. Despite playing in one of the league's worst offenses, Austin thrived in 2015 with 907 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns, if you include a punt return score. Of course, the per-play receiving numbers were as poor as ever – 9.1 YPC, 5.4 YPT – but some of that can be chalked up to the quarterback play of Nick Foles and Case Keenum. At 5-8, 176, Austin is possibly the smallest receiver in the NFL and as such he's unlikely ever to be the team's go-to option. But with 4.28 40 speed and as quick as any player in the league, Austin is dangerous in open space and a threat to score any time he touches the ball. While he had only 10 red-zone targets, his three carries, two of which were from inside the 10, helped him score nine times from scrimmage, and he's taken a punt to the house every year he's been in the league. Bottom line, Austin is a unique player because he'll get carries as well as catches, and he's averaged 8.34 yards per carry for his career. And with Jared Goff replacing last year's inept quarterbacks, the offense can only get better.

2015

Austin has been a bit of a disappointment in St. Louis so far, as his 660 total receiving yards in two years doesn't bolster his selection as an eighth overall pick. He never caught more than four passes in a game and failed to tally a single receiving touchdown, leaving fantasy owners even more frustrated with his 2014 season. While the third-year wideout did have 224 yards and two touchdowns on the ground and averaged more than six yards per carry, his usage varied wildly throughout the campaign. While he did average more than 10 yards per punt return and has has found paydirt in each of the last two seasons, just three touchdowns across rushing, receiving and punt returns in 2014 hardly classifies him as a fantasy dynamo. Unless the Rams can figure out how to maximize his offensive value, Austin will continue to disappoint fantasy owners.

2014

For the eighth overall pick in last year’s draft, Austin had an underwhelming rookie season. Sure, there were flashes like a 138-yard, three touchdown game on just two catches and a punt return to the house against the Colts in Week 10. And there was the 65-yard touchdown run in Week 12 against the Bears. But from Week 6 on, Austin had only two games where he caught more than two passes and averaged a meager 10.5 YPC and 6.1 YPT before missing the season’s final three games with a sprained ankle. At 5-8, 176, Austin is about as small as NFL players come, but he runs a blazing 4.34 40 and is as quick and agile as anyone in the league. The question is whether there’s a way to use players like Austin beyond occasional trick plays, short catches which break big every once in a while and in the return game. The Bears never could do it with Devin Hester, and the Chiefs never got much from scrimmage out of Dante Hall, either. Year 2 is typically when receivers figure it out and Austin will augment his receiving numbers with rushes and returns. But he’s not likely to be a factor in the red zone, and the Rams will have to figure out ways to get him the ball.

2013

The first skill player chosen in the 2013 draft, Austin isn't your prototypical wide receiver prospect. At 5-8, 174, he's one of the smallest players in the league, and unlike Carolina's Steve Smith, Austin doesn't have super strength or the ability to snatch the ball out of the air against taller defenders. What Austin does have is 4.34 40 speed, elite quickness and excellent vision in the open field. He can line up in the backfield as a runner, play in the slot or go outside. With the Rams letting Danny Amendola go, Austin is the favorite to be Sam Bradford's top target, and the Rams, who traded up to draft him, should be creative in finding ways to get Austin the ball.