Draft Scout Snapshot: A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 1/8 - Tavon Austin, WR/KR, 5-9, 174, West Virginia...The Rams gave up a second-round pick to move up eight spots and take arguably the best playmaker in the draft. Austin will play in the spot, lineup at running, return kicks, and who knows what else. QUOTE TO NOTE: "That's something I can't change. I just laugh at it now. Not really laugh, but I just smile and take it in and put it on my shoulders. I've been small my whole life. It's not going to change. I'm 5-9, but my heart plays like I'm six feet. I try to keep that mindset, keep being smart on the field, knowing when to get down, knowing when not to get down, get the first down. That's really what it boils down to." - WR Tavon Austin on his size. - The Sports Xchange
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08/22/16 - --WR Tavon Austin and the offense have converted seven touchdowns in their only seven trips to the red zone. For a team that's struggled for years to score points, the red zone success could bode well if it carries over to the regular season. The Rams are 2-0, and one gets the sense they are enjoying the success, even if it is the preseason. "Definitely happy with how we played tonight," Austin said after Saturday's win over Kansas City. "That comes with the game. Just to knock out one last week -- the big thing about it is we got one more win and that's all that matters."
08/09/16 - WR Tavon Austin is geeked up for the Rams' first preseason game in Los Angeles Saturday against the Dallas Cowboys, which could draw one of the biggest crowds in preseason history. It's also the first time the Rams and Cowboys have shared the same field since a memorable brawl they had during a training camp practice last year in Oxnard.
"It's definitely going to be a big game," Austin said. "Last year we kind of got into it in Oxnard. We've got to bring it. I know our side is definitely going to bring it. We'll see from them."
Of course, excitable isn't unusual for Austin. "He's got two speeds," head coach Jeff Fisher said. "One is 'fast' and the other is 'sleep.' When he's not sleeping, he's going fast and that's how his personality is also. He's just going fast all the time. He's a really smart player and a really exciting, special player. He loves to play."
05/02/16 - WR Tavon Austin had his fifth-year option exercised by the Rams for the 2017 season. The Rams will pay Austin $12.268 million in 2017. He was a first-round pick in 2013.
Austin 25, led the Rams in 2015 with 52 receptions and five touchdowns and was third on the team with 473 yards. He has played in 44 games for the Rams over the last three years. Austin also rushed 52 times for 434 yards and four touchdowns and ran his streak of seasons with a punt return touchdown to three.
11/29/15 - WR Tavon Austin had 63 yards rushing, including a 60-yarder and a TD run on Sunday following an emotional week after his close friend and Rams WR Stedman Bailey was shot in the head late Tuesday in the Miami area. "He's dealing with a lot of emotions right now," said QB Nick Foles. "He plays with a ton of heart."
11/08/15 - WR Tavon Austin continued to show his versatility on Sunday, leading the Rams with four receptions and also carrying the ball eight times for 66 yards. Austin didn't find the end zone and also dropped a crucial third-down pass in the first quarter, but remains a valuable part of the Rams' attack moving forward.
10/21/15 - WR Tavon Austin (hamstring) did not practice Wednesday, but his status for this week's game in unknown.
10/04/15 - WR Tavon Austin had two receiving touchdowns, catching six passes for 96 yards, and running twice for 20 yards. Does he expect to get the ball more often this season? "There were previous times where they attempted to get me the ball. This isn't the first time I've had a big game," he said. "I've had a couple of big games and it's all about opportunities. Some games, it won't work. Sometimes you have a great defensive coordinator who will take me out of the game like last week (against Pittsburgh)."
12/07/14 - WR Tavon Austin can be special. The receiver/return man, drafted in the first round in 2013, came in with 538 yards on 67 touches but produced 203 yards on 11 touches against the Redskins.
11/30/14 - WR Tavon Austin showed his versatility in the team's 21-point first quarter. He caught two passes on the first drive, one for a first down, then ran 19 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead. While he didn't do much after that, his early impact helped St. Louis control the game.
10/06/14 - WR Tavon Austin was active after missing the Sept. 21 game against Dallas because of a knee injury. Austin played 22 snaps and had two receptions for 33 yards and two punt returns for just seven yards.