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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06/12/14 - WR Tavon Austin acknowledged that it wasn't easy learning an NFL playbook when he was a rookie last season, noting that it almost "sounded like Spanish."
He said, "It's all about getting comfortable. It was a pretty big adjustment for me at first. The playbook was different. The speed of the game was different. I eventually caught on and the game settled down."
Now, as he is going through his first full offseason, there is an even larger comfort level, and Austin said simply, "I'm much smarter."
06/06/14 - WR Tavon Austin, who missed the final three games of the 2013 season because of an ankle injury, was full-go at Thursday's OTA.
12/26/13 - WR Tavon Austin has yet to practice since suffering an ankle injury against Arizona and missing the previous two games.
12/18/13 - WR Tavon Austin is out of his walking boot, but still did not practice because of an ankle injury. Said coach Jeff Fisher, "He's getting better."
12/17/13 - WR Tavon Austin, who suffered a ankle injury against Arizona in Week 14 and was in a boot all week, was inactive against New Orleans. Said coach Jeff Fisher of Austin not being able to play, "It's not sitting very well with him right now. He's a little frustrated, but he's not able to play. He'll be day-to-day this week. We're hoping to get him on the practice field at some point late in the week and see."
12/13/13 - WR Tavon Austin, who was considered day-to-day because of an ankle injury suffered Sunday against Arizona, missed his third straight day of practice and was listed as questionable.
12/11/13 - WR Tavon Austin, who is considered day-to-day because of an ankle injury suffered Sunday against Arizona, did not practice Wednesday.
12/09/13 - WR Tavon Austin suffered an ankle injury at the end of a 56-yard run in the third quarter against Arizona. Austin did come back on the field as the punt returner, but didn't play after that for the rest of the game. Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday he would be "day-to-day" this week.
10/17/13 - --WR Tavon Austin participated in only three offensive plays against Houston, and while acknowledging "it's hard to be patient," he said, "I know my time will come. The big thing was getting the win." Austin leads the team with 24 receptions, but his average is just 6.6 yards per catch.
09/10/13 - WR Tavon Austin had a somewhat quiet NFL debut. He was targeted seven times and caught six, but he gained just 41 yards. He also had one run that the Cardinals defensed well, dropping him for a 1-yard loss. He had one punt return for one yard.