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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09/06/17 - WR Tavon Austin, who missed much of training camp and all of the preseason with a hamstring issue, is listed as one of the Rams' three starters at wide receiver.
Cooper Kupp got most of the playing time as the starter in Austin's absence, and played better than any wide receiver on the roster through the first three preseason games. And while Austin is at the top of the depth chart along with newcomers Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins, it seems more likely Kupp will get the bulk of the playing time in the Rams' three-wide receiver set.
08/28/17 - WR Tavon Austin has missed all of the preseason with hamstring issues, but appears on target to be ready for the season opener Sept. 10 against the Colts. Austin will not play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Packers.
"If it was a normal game week, I think he would be able to play," said Rams head coach Sean McVay. "He's made huge progress with Reggie (trainer Reggie Scott) over the last week where he's running, reaching some higher speeds on the treadmill and stuff where it's 100 percent of the weight that he's supporting. So, those have been some good things and you'll start to figure out - we're going to have to start brainstorming some ways with how we're going to utilize Tavon in that game, which will be fun."
08/25/17 - WR Tavon Austin has missed most of the last three weeks with a hamstring injury and is not expected to play again Saturday when the Rams host the Chargers.
08/21/17 - WR Tavon Austin did not practice all last week with leg issues and his status remains uncertain.
"I think it's a day-to-day deal," Rams head coach Sean McVay said. "Ideally, you'd like for him to be able to play this week. If not, then that'll be a conversation that we have moving forward in terms of how you handle him with Green Bay. With this injury, it's something that, I know it's kind of the monotonous answer, but it's a day-to-day deal with his hamstring. He's making progress in terms of some of the things that he's doing with rehab with (director/sports medicine and performance) Reggie (Scott) our head trainer. Right now with him, we'll get a feel for when he comes back tomorrow since the players are off today and we'll just kind of be mindful of seeing where he's at and continue to try to progress his workload. Whether that means he'll be able or not, will remain to be seen."
08/17/17 - WR Tavon Austin did not practice Thursday
08/08/17 - WR Tavon Austin remained out of practice with a hamstring issue.
07/29/17 - WR Tavon Austin didn't participate much in the offseason because of a wrist injury and there was concern he might not be ready for the start of training camp. However, he practiced on the first day.
Said head coach Sean McVay, "I thought he looked good. He is fully healthy right now. I think there's still just a little bit ... he's still working to get full range motion on that wrist. I thought it was good to see him out there competing. He made some tough catches and you like the way you see him finish on a consistent basis."
06/05/17 - WR Tavon Austin has been unavailable during OTAs because of offseason wrist surgery. "I think with what he can control in the framework of his injury, Tavon is doing really a nice job," Rams coach Sean McVay said. "He's active on the sidelines, you see that he's continuing to try to just perfect his craft with being able to run routes, work on his hand-eye coordination while he can't fully utilize that wrist. He's been engaged in meetings. We wish he had him available right now, but I think he's doing a nice job being able to control what he can and he's getting better within the framework of that."
05/06/17 - WR Tavon Austin won't be on the field for the Rams' organized team activities later this month after undergoing wrist surgery. Austin's surgery on Thursday was an arthroscopic procedure to repair ligament damage on his left wrist, according to ESPN. Austin is expected to be back in time for training camp and see how he will fit into an offense under new head coach Sean McVay. The Rams, currently in the second phase of offseason workouts, begin OTAs on May 23., while training camp starts in late July.
12/26/16 - WR Tavon Austin rushed 30 yards and had his first rushing touchdown of the season against the 49ers. Austin has four touchdowns this season. Austin's career scores total 23 (eight rushing, 12 receiving and three on punt returns).