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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01/10/18 - WR Tavon Austin carved out a role for himself, it was nowhere near worth the $13 million the Rams paid him.
They hoped to get Pro-Bowl numbers out of him upon signing him to a lucrative extension last year; instead they got a high-paid decoy.
10/09/17 - WR Tavon Austin mishandled one punt and muffed another and was eventually replaced by Cooper Kupp as the Rams punt returner.
Austin has struggled all year on securing punts. Austin, according to head coach Sean McVay, will take a break from returning punts with Kupp and Pharoh Cooper in line to replace him.
10/01/17 - WRs Tavon Austin and Sammy Watkins were in the NFL's concussion protocol following the Week 3 game against the 49ers. Both were cleared to play Sunday. Watkins finished with one catch for 17 yards, while Austin had one reception for minus-2 yards.
09/28/17 - WR Tavon Austin returned to full practice Thursday after suffering a concussion last week.
09/27/17 - WR Tavon Austin was limited in practice Wednesday after suffering a concussion last Thursday.
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