Tavon Austin
Tavon Austin
28-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Dallas Cowboys
Inactive
Injury Groin
Fri Practice: Limited
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Dealt to Dallas during the draft, Austin finished up his tenure with the Rams with a whimper, managing a career-low 13 catches and 317 yards from scrimmage in 2017. Cowboys offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has had success with speedy, shifty players like Austin in the past, utilizing them as backfield pass catchers and slot receivers, but on a roster where Ezekiel Elliott dominates the snaps at running back and Cole Beasley is the established option in the slot, Austin could once again find it tough to get consistent touches. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $7 million restructured contract with the Rams in March of 2018. Traded to the Cowboys in April of 2018.
Not ready to play
WRDallas Cowboys
Groin
December 16, 2018
Austin (groin) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.
ANALYSIS
Though Austin will be sidelined for an eighth straight game, his return at least appears to be on the horizon after he managed a trio of limited practices this week, his first recorded on-field activity since suffering the groin strain Oct. 14. Even if he gains clearance to play Week 16 against Tampa Bay, however, Austin will likely play only a minimal role on offense with the Cowboys having added a legitimate No. 1 wideout in Amari Cooper to the roster during his absence. Additionally, rookie Michael Gallup has gained more prominence in the passing attack in recent weeks to further bury Austin in the pecking order at receiver.
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How do Tavon Austin's 2018 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
28.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.61
 
% Team Air Yards
5.6%
 
% Team Targets
2.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
17.1 Yds
 
Catch Rate
70.0%
 
Drop Rate
20.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.0
 
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Colts pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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@ Colts
Sunday, Dec 16th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
89.7
 
Cornerbacks
98.0
 
Safeties
74.3
 
Linebackers
88.5
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Tavon Austin's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 8"
 
Weight
179 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.34 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.01 sec
 
Vertical Jump
32.0 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Bench Press
14 reps
 
Hand Length
9.13 in
 
Arm Length
30.00 in
 
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Gameday Injuries: Week 11
November 18th
Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through a Week 11 injury report that is surprisingly light for quarterbacks and running backs but features plenty of walking wounded among receivers.
Gameday Injuries: Week 10
November 11th
Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through a Week 10 injury report bursting at the seams with notable names, including some who are trending in the right direction.
Weekly Rankings: Week 10 Value Meter
November 6th
Melvin Gordon gets a juicy matchup on the road against the Raiders and tops the RB rankings in this week's Value Meter.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
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 52 carries in 2015, he totaled only 28 for 159 last year. At 5-8, 176, Austin is among the smallest players in the league, but with 4.28 40 speed and elite quickness, he's also one of the most explosive. The problem for him -- and the Rams -- is they can't find a good way to get him the ball in space. Bad QB play was part of the problem, and while Jared Goff could improve in Year 2, he's starting from a low baseline. Entering training camp, Austin sat atop the depth chart, but a trade for Sammy Watkins will seemingly push him into a role where his skill set can be optimized. Hurting Austin's cause, though, is his continued absence from practice due to a hamstring injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Inching toward return
WRDallas Cowboys
Groin
December 14, 2018
Austin (groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest at Indianapolis, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Returns as limited participant
WRDallas Cowboys
Groin
December 12, 2018
Austin (groin) practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
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Expected to practice this week
WRDallas Cowboys
Groin
December 10, 2018
Head coach Sean Garrett said Austin (groin) is expected to return to practice on a limited basis Wednesday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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Streak of absences continues
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Groin
December 7, 2018
Austin (groin) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.
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Still not practicing
WRDallas Cowboys
Groin
December 6, 2018
Austin (groin) didn't participate in Thursday's practice, Calvin Watkins of The Athletic reports.
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