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Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Date of Birth:  03/15/1991
Age:  31
Height  5'8"
Weight:   176
College:  West Virginia
Drafted:  2013 | Round 1 | Pick 8
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Tavon Austin | Bills WR


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Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin has been designated to return from IR.

Austin can play as soon as this Thursday night against the Bengals, and he could be given an immediate role as Jacksonville hopes to find a spark on offense. That said, he is unlikely to be a recommended fantasy option with D.J. Chark, Marvin Jones, and Laviska Shenault Jr. healthy.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The Jaguars are signing Tavon Austin.

It's not surprising that Urban Meyer is interested in bringing in a dynamic talent like Austin. The veteran receiver/returner will look to make an impact this preseason and win a spot on the final roster for the Jags.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The Packers are signing Tavon Austin, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Austin could bring some added explosiveness to the return game, and he might also see snaps on offense similar to Tyler Ervin. That said, the former first-round pick isn't currently on the redraft radar.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The 49ers placed Tavon Austin (knee) on injured reserve.

This is unfortunate for Austin, who landed in an offense that might have allowed him to make an impact with the ball in his hands. The dynamic talent does not need to be held in dynasty leagues.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The 49ers are signing Tavon Austin.

This was the expectation, and the 49ers are set to make it official soon according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Austin is being signed along with J.J. Nelson, and the two of them might compete for one roster spot that would have likely been Travis Benjamin's before he opted out. Austin provides more versatility to play all over the field on offense and as a returner, but he'll be on waiver wires to begin the season in standard-sized fantasy leagues.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (concussion) is out for Week 2.

Austin caught one pass for eight yards in the opener, but he wasn't expected to have a big role against the Redskins. Hopefully the former first-round pick can pass the protocol before Week 3.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The Cowboys have agreed to re-sign Tavon Austin, according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo.

Last season, Austin dealt with a groin injury that limited him to seven games during the regular season, but he averaged 17.5 yards per reception and 9.2 yards per carry in limited action. Dallas is going to want to get the ball in the explosive hybrid running back/receiver's hands, and he could have more of a role in the slot with Cole Beasley signing with the Bills. Austin might have some boom/bust FLEX upside in 2019.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin catches one pass in playoff loss to the Rams.

It went for a loss of two yards on his only targets. Austin couldn't get revenge against his former team, and we will now see where he lands as he hits unrestricted free agency. The former first-round pick turns 28 in March.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets two offensive touches in the Wild Card Round.

Austin had one carry for -3 yards and one reception for seven yards in the Cowboys' win versus the Seahawks, but he did most of his damage on special teams as a punt returner. In the first half, he had a return touchdown brought back because of a holding call; but in the second half, he had a big 51-yard return to set his team up in favorable field position—he nearly took it all the way but appeared to trip over his own feet. Austin wasn't in on the last punt return for the Cowboys and appeared to be in some slight discomfort earlier in the game, but he should b fine for next weekend's playoff game.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (groin) catches one pass in Week 17.

Austin gained ten yards on his lone reception against the Giants in his first game back since Week 6 with a groin injury. Austin's regular season ends with six carries for 55 yards and eight receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in seven games. He's someone to keep an eye on as an under-the-radar difference-maker entering the postseason.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (groin) is out for the rest of today's game.

Austin was targeted on a deep ball and appeared to sustain the injury there. Before leaving, Austin carried twice for 14 yards and added one reception for five yards. Hopefully this isn't a multi-week injury for the West Virginia product. It's worth noting the Cowboys are winning in a blowout, so perhaps the team is just being cautious with Austin.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin caught one pass for 44 yards in Sunday night's loss to Houston.

Austin was on the receiving end up an unbelievable play by Dak Prescott in which he escaped a J.J. Watt sack and scrambled away to uncork a deep ball, but he was unfortunately also on the receiving end of an interception that went right off his hands. The former first-round pick isn't a recommended fantasy play heading into a matchup with the Jaguars.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets one carry in Week 4.

Austin gained seven yards on his lone attempt against Detroit. Austin missed some time with a shoulder injury, but hopefully he's OK moving forward.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (shoulder) is back in the game for the Cowboys.

Austin might be dealing with some discomfort, but he's back in there in a close game against the Lions.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (shoulder) is questionable to return against the Lions.

Austin was holding his first, but the Cowboys are officially calling it a shoulder injury. We'll update you as more information becomes available.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin scores in Week 3.

Austin had three receptions for two yards and a touchdown along with one carry for 18 yards in the loss to Seattle. The score was on a nicely designed pop pass by the goal line, and it was Austin's second touchdown in as many weeks. The Cowboys are using Austin, but he remains a volatile fantasy option.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin catches 64-yard touchdown in Week 2 win over the Giants.

Austin was able to get behind Janoris Jenkins on the game's opening drive, and he finished with two receptions for 79 yards, also adding a 15-yard rush. The former first-round pick will probably make big plays like he did on Sunday Night at least a couple more times this year, but they will be unpredictable. He's not a recommended fantasy option.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin records one touch in Cowboys debut.

It was a one-yard carry in the second quarter. Austin had a big gain on the first drive of the game, but it was wiped out due to a penalty. The former first-round pick is off the fantasy radar.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin has not lined up in the backfield during training camp yet.

Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News writes that Austin has "lined up in the slot, on the outside and taken handoffs on end-arounds," but has not once lined up in the backfield as a traditional running back. Austin says the things he's been doing "is pretty much what I'll be doing," but that hopefully he'll be in the backfield if they need him there. The Cowboys have listed Austin as a running back, so it's slightly peculiar that he hasn't lined up in the backfield yet. Dallas wants to get him the ball, though, and a sizable amount of his touches could be on handoffs via end-arounds. It'll be interesting to see what the Cowboys do offensively this season, but they might not reveal anything big until the regular season.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin is listed as a running back for the Cowboys.

Austin still has a wide receiver number (No. 10), but Dallas is apparently classifying him as a running back. Last season with the Rams, Austin received a career-high 59 carries, and he averages 6.7 yards per carry on 184 attempts in his career. Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said today that they plan to use Austin a lot of ways, and of course the Cowboys brought him in with a role in mind. With Dez Bryant and Jason Witten gone, don't be surprised if Austin immediately becomes a huge part of Dallas' offense in 2018. It'll be interesting to see how he's used throughout the preseason, but the electric former first-round pick might become one of the better late-round targets in fantasy drafts this summer.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The Rams have traded wide receiver Tavon Austin to the Cowboys.

Dallas is sending the 192nd pick (sixth round) in the draft in exchange for Austin. Through his five seasons with the Rams, Austin has contributed as a receiver, runner, and returner, catching 194 passes for 1,689 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns; carrying 184 times for 1,238 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns; and adding three punt return touchdowns. In Dallas, Austin will probably have a chance to carve out a nice role on offense in a receiving group without Dez Bryant. The Cowboys have a lot of receivers that you would think are best suited to play the slot, so it'll be interesting to see how they line up in 2018. As of now, Austin will probably be a better real-life contributor than fantasy contributor this season.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin will remain with the Rams in 2018.

Reporters were saying that Austin would be cut for weeks now, but Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News says the speedy receiver restructured his contract and will remain with the team. Perhaps Sammy Watkins leaving in free agency impacted things, but either way the eighth pick in the 2013 draft will remain with the team that drafted him. We'll see what happens throughout the offseason and training camp, but Austin could potentially have a bigger role at receiver now that Watkins is in Kansas City.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

The Rams will trade or release Tavon Austin, according to Mike Garafolo.

Due $8 million, the Rams didn't really use him enough to justify paying him that type of money when they are looking to get new deals done with Aaron Donald and others. After being selected eighth overall in the 2013 draft as a dynamic playmaker out of West Virginia, Austin was a durable player for the Rams, playing in at least 13 games in every season. He had 194 receptions for 1,689 receiving yards and 12 receiving touchdowns along with 184 carries for 1,238 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns and three punt return touchdowns during his time in St. Louis and Los Angeles. Now we'll have to see if anyone wants to trade for Austin to ensure they are able to acquire him, or if he's able to hit free agency and sign with any team.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin handles seven touches in Week 17 loss.

Austin rushed four times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 14 yards. Basically acting as a change-of-pace to Todd Gurley in Sean McVay's offense, Austin rushed 59 times for 270 yards (4.6 yards per carry) and one touchdown this season. The former first-round pick also caught 13 passes for 47 yards, so he actually averaged more yards per touch as a runner than as a receiver. He will look to break a big play in the postseason, which starts on Saturday night against the Falcons.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets extensive work as a ball-carrier in Week 15.

The Rams were destroying the Seahawks, and head coach Sean McVay decided to give Austin a career-high in carries in the victory. Austin had ten rushing attempts for 44 yards, as he ran well as a traditional running back, something he's done well all season when given chances. This was Austin's first career game with double-digit rushing attempts, so he probably had some fun doing it. The dynamic playmaker is an important member of the Rams, but it doesn't equate to much fantasy value right now.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets one touch in Week 14.

Austin gained six yards on one carry and was also given a lost fumble when the Rams were trying laterals on the final play of the game. He makes a real-life impact in real life with the offense, but Austin isn't a reliable fantasy option.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin rushed three times for eight yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.

Basically a running back now, Austin didn't catch a pass. The former first-round pick isn't worth rostering with fantasy playoffs set to begin.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin handles eight touches in Week 12 win.

Austin rushed five times for 17 yards and caught three passes for negative-one yard. The former first-round pick often plays as a traditional running back as a change-of-pace to Todd Gurley in the backfield, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him earn dual-eligibility soon, as he's rushed 41 yards and only has 10 receptions in 2017. Still, he still probably wouldn't be a fantasy option if that happens.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets five carries in Week 10.

Austin didn't catch any passes against the Texans, but the Rams gave him another five carries in this one. He gained only two yards on his attempts, but one went for a loss of about five or so yards. The Rams have given Austin at least two carries in each game this season, and he'll remain involved moving forward—though he's not a reliable fantasy option right now.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin rushed six times for 34 yards in Sunday's blowout win over the Giants.

Austin didn't have a reception, but Sean McVay continues to get his dynamic weapon involved. Still, he is a better real-life threat than fantasy contributor. Keep him on the waiver wire.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets five touches against the Cardinals.

Austin carried three times for 27 yards and caught two passes (on two targets) for 15 yards. He's a very good weapon for Sean McVay and the Rams, but Austin simply doesn't get enough touches each week to be a reliable fantasy option.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets two carries in Week 6.

The Jaguars did a good job of limiting Austin, as he had a six-yard carry and a -6-yard carry, totaling zero yards on his two attempts. Austin isn't a recommended fantasy option given his usual weekly amount of touches.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin zooms for a touchdown in Week 6.

Austin carried six times for 27 yards and a touchdown while adding three receptions for 14 yards against the Seahawks. The touchdown came on what looked like an inside zone from shotgun where Austin received great blocking and sped through the defense (while putting a superb high-step move on Kam Chancellor) on his way to the end zone. Austin is no doubt a good weapon for the Rams, but he's not a recommended fantasy option in standard-sized leagues.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets most work out of the backfield in Week 4 win.

Austin rushed six times for 48 yards and caught a pass for negative-two yards in a 35-30 victory. He basically worked as Todd Gurley's backup on Sunday, but with the way Gurley is playing, it won't lead to much work. Tavon can remain on the waiver wire with a matchup against Seattle in Week 5.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin has been cleared from his concussion.

He's on track to play Sunday against the Cowboys. Austin being good is a definite boost for the Rams, but his role isn't quite big enough to be a reliable option in fantasy lineups.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (concussion) was limited in practice.

Like teammate Sammy Watkins, his limited participation should be seen as a good sign as he's in the final stage of getting cleared from concussion protocol.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin is in concussion protocol.

He joins teammate Sammy Watkins as two Rams receivers that'll have about ten days to get cleared for Week 4 against the Cowboys.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets three touches in Week 3.

Austin received a good amount of playing time in the win over the Niners, and he worked as the backup running back behind Todd Gurley with Malcolm Brown out. He did not catch any passes, but Austin had three carries for 14 yards in the game. He nearly had a touchdown on a jet sweep that he took for eight yards, but he was tackled just inside the one and it was overturned after it was initially ruled a touchdown. He did also fumble a punt that led to a 49ers field goal. Austin plays the Cowboys in Week 4 but won't be a recommended fantasy option.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin is day-to-day.

Head coach Sean McVay says his speedy receiver tweaked his hamstring and they want to be "really careful." When Austin left practice a couple days ago, it was expected to be just a minor leg injury, and McVay confirmed it. We'll see if Austin can get healthy for the Rams' first preseason game next week.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin left practice today.

The extent of the injury is unknown, but it's reportedly just a minor leg injury. Hopefully it's nothing, but we'll let you know if it's something serious. Austin needs to stay healthy if he's going to have a big season in the first year of Sean McVay's offense.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Rams head coach Sean McVay said Tavon Austin is "fully healthy."

Austin had offseason wrist surgery, but has been fully participating in training camp. McVay did say Austin is working on getting full range of motion in his wrist, but it's great to hear the dynamic receiver is healthy. The 26-year-old Austin is expected to have a big role, similar to that of DeSean Jackson when McVay was the coordinator in Washington, so he has some upside late in fantasy drafts.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Sean McVay projects Tavon Austin will be a "big part" of the offense.

Austin is still recovering from offseason wrist injury, so he hasn't been able to practice with the team this offseason. But the team plans to employ him as a deep threat, and there was talk earlier this offseason that he'd be used like DeSean Jackson was used when McVay was the OC in Washington. Austin said, "I definitely love the plans they've got for me." The Rams did revamp their receiving corps this season, however, including signing former Bills receiver Robert Woods to a big contract. Austin needs to get on the field before his role can be projected more accurately, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Rams GM Les Snead told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the "goal" is for Tavon Austin to be back for training camp.

Austin recently had wrist surgery and will miss OTAs. It'd be great for chemistry with Jared Goff if Austin could get back for the start of training camp. Snead also said that he hopes Austin plays a "DeSean Jackson-like role" for the Rams. With head coach Sean McVay saying Austin is the "centerpiece" of the offense, and Snead wanting him to be a DeSean Jackson-type, Austin could offer a lot of upside late in fantasy drafts. He's someone to watch during camp.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin is undergoing wrist surgery and will miss OTAs.

Austin is expected to be ready for training camp, but he will miss valuable time in OTAs. The Rams are expecting Austin to step up for first year head coach Sean McVay and quarterback Jared Goff. McVay has said Austin is the "centerpiece" of the offense, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Tavon Austin doesn't do much in season finale.

Austin had two carries for two yards and two catches for 18 yards. He ends the season with 58 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns with 28 carries for 159 yards and a touchdown. Austin set career highs in receptions and receiving yards, but people expected more when he signed a big contract extension before the season. The Rams offense was a mess, to be fair, so Austin could improve next season. He's obviously a dynamic player and hopefully the new coaches can utilize him.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin runs for 30-yard touchdown in Week 16.

Austin ran 30 yards on an end around against the Niners, and ended up with three carries for 26 yards and two catches for 14 yards in the game. He's not a good fantasy option against Arizona next week. He had two catches for 14 yards in their first matchup.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin doesn't do much against Seattle in Week 15.

Austin had two carries for 13 yards and three catches for 14 yards. He's been disappointing from a fantasy perspective this season and does not need to be rostered.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin gets nine touches in return from chest injury.

After missing one game, Austin returned and had seven catches for 62 yards and two carries for 27 yards. It was good to see Austin involved in the run game a little bit. Despite the nice game, Austin doesn't need to be rostered in fantasy leagues.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (chest) out for Patriots.

Austin doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin (chest) listed as doubtful for Rams.

He didn't practice at all this week and probably won't be playing for the Rams. Kenny Britt and Brian Quick get a slight boost, but so does the New England D/ST. Austin doesn't need to be on fantasy teams.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin catches 24-yard touchdown in Rams Week 12 loss.

Austin ran a corner route from the slot and received a perfect pass from Goff for Goff's first career touchdown. Tavon had four catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, and a carry for ten yards in the game. He's too inconsistent to be in your fantasy lineup and can stay on your waiver wire.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin does little against the Dolphins.

He had one catch for 21 yards and two carries for eight yards. Austin doesn’t need to be owned in fantasy leagues, but is worth a shot if you’re looking for a big game.

Tavon Austin | Bills WR

Tavon Austin has another quiet game in Week 10.

He had two catches for 19 yards and two carries for 10 yards against the Jets. After giving Austin a big contract before the season, it seems that the Rams have actually decided to use him less than the past couple of years. Austin came out this week and said teams are game-planning to shut him down, so that could have something to do with his struggles. However, the whole Rams offense is struggling and has taken a big step back from last season. Austin has 73 yards rushing after having 434 last season. Austin does not need to be owned in fantasy leagues.