Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
1 week ago1 Comment

Austin had one carry for three yards in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.

EDGE Analysis

Austin also received one target but didn't haul it in. With the exception of one partially-missed practice due to cramping, the multi-dimensional weapon has enjoyed a healthy training camp as he prepares for his fourth NFL season. A repeat of last year's 10 touchdowns would be a lot to ask, but Austin should have a similar role in a St. Louis offense that only has room to improve.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
3 weeks ago

Austin's early exit from Sunday's practice was merely due to leg cramps, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

EDGE Analysis

Austin was carted out of Sunday's session, but his issue was never thought to be serious and coach Jeff Fisher confirmed that notion afterward, confirming he was just dealing with cramps. At this stage in camp, strains and cramps are bound to result from an increased workload, so Austin's situation is hardly worrisome and he should be back in action soon.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
4 weeks ago

Austin was carted off the field at Sunday's practice, but his injury is not believed to be serious, NFL Media's Colleen Wolfe reports.

EDGE Analysis

Austin likely just suffered a painful leg/foot cramp, which can make it difficult to walk for the next few minutes. His 2016 role should be similar to the one he filled last season, with Austin's ability as a rusher and returner giving him a shot at fantasy relevance despite his modest workload in the passing game.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
4 months ago

Austin's fifth-year contract option has been exercised by the Rams, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

EDGE Analysis

Austin was drafted eighth overall in 2013 and has been used as an all-purpose weapon through his first three seasons. Last year, Austin caught 52 passes (on 86 targets) for 473 yards and five touchdowns, and rushed 52 times for 434 yards and four more scores. The shifty wideout has also returned one punt for a touchdown in each season since entering the league. Given his dynamic versatility, it's of little surprise that the Rams decided to exercise Austin's option, keeping him under contract through 2017.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
8 months ago

Austin rushed six times for 32 yards and added 30 yards receiving on five catches in a 19-16 overtime loss to the 49ers on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The Rams made a much more concerted effort to get Austin the ball this season, and it helped get them some wins. Austin finishes the season with 52 catches for 473 yards and five touchdowns to go with 52 rushes for 434 yards and four touchdowns on the ground. All in all, it was a pretty good season for Austin despite the fact that St. Louis had terrible quarterback play much of the year. He's not as valuable in PPR leagues, but his versatility does give him an uptick in value heading into 2016.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
8 months ago

Austin caught three of seven targets for 16 yards and had three rushes for 12 yards in Sunday's 23-17 upset win at Seattle.

EDGE Analysis

Austin was actually the team's second leading receiver Sunday, as Case Keenum completed just 14 of 23 passes for 103 yards in rainy and wet field conditions. The third-year wideout has generally been a touchdown-dependent fantasy player this season, although the Rams have been creative in trying to get him the ball on jet sweeps, reverses and traditional hand offs. Looking towards next year, it's possible Austin turns into more of a fantasy asset, especially if he can see a bump in targets (just 79 looks in 15 games), as his playmaking skills are no longer in question. In any event, he's got one more game left in 2015, and that will take place next Sunday at San Francisco.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
8 months ago

Austin caught all three of his targets for 41 yards and a touchdown, adding 32 yards and another touchdown on four carries, in Thursday's 31-23 win over the Buccaneers.

EDGE Analysis

Austin took a screen pass for a 17-yard touchdown on the opening drive, later scoring from 21 yards out on an end-around. It was his third multi-touchdown performance of the season, but there have also been quite a few duds along the way, as he's yet to see more than seven targets in a game. Austin's touchdown-dependency isn't necessarily a bad thing on the whole, but it doesn't bode well for his prospects in a Week 16 road matchup with the red-hot Seahawks.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
8 months ago

Austin rushe for 40 yards on four carries and added three catches off of five targets for 19 yards in Sunday's win over Detroit.

EDGE Analysis

Sunday marked the eighth time this season that Austin accumualted more rushing yards than receiving yards. The peculiar trend has been a blessing in disguise as the young receiver has topped 75 total yards four times and has scored seven touchdowns despite St. Louis' inability to pass the ball consistently. Austin is a solid get for teams struggling with receiver depth coming down the stretch, but it's tough to put too much faith in a target who has failed to catch a touchdown or top 50 yards receiving in six straight weeks.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
9 months ago

Austin gained 24 yards on a reception and another 14 on the ground in a 27-3 loss to Arizona on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

Austin is the second-best option on the Rams' offense, so it's strange that they would only give him two carries when the game didn't get out of hand until the second half. The Rams' offense has completely deflated the last four games with only three touchdowns in that span. While Austin certainly has potential for fantasy excellence, he is mired in the muck of St. Louis' offense and only touches the ball a few times a game.

Tavon Austin
WR LA (8)
9 months ago

Austin caught all six passes that came his way during Sunday's loss to the Bengals for a total of 33 yards. He added 63 yards and a touchdown on four carries.

EDGE Analysis

Austin took an end around and zig-zagged up the sideline for 60 yards midway through the second quarter and then, two plays later, took a second in for a five-yard score. Three of Austin's seven offensive touchdowns this season have come on the ground, making him resilient to the Rams struggles at quarterback. Eight of Austin's 70 touches this season have gone for more than 20 yards and his speed makes him a threat for big game every week. His 44 combined yards in the Rams' two previous games, however, should serve as a reminder of the dangers of starting a receiver playing on the league's worst pass offense.