The other West Virginia wide receiver on the St. Louis Rams will look to improve upon an up-and-down rookie season. Tavon Austin showed bursts of greatness but was eventually slowed by an injury late in the season. Now, he’ll look to break out.
2013 Season Recap: Austin finished his rookie season with 40 catches for 418 yards with four scores. He ran the ball nine times for 133 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown run. Closing out his triple threat abilities, Austin had 33 punt returns for 280 yards and a score and 18 kick returns for 388 yards.After catching six passes in each of his first three games, his production began to dwindle. His best game, by far, game against the Indianapolis Colts where he caught two passes for 138 yards, including an 81-yard streak and a 57-yard reception – both for scores. He also had a 98-yard punt return for a TD.
Contract: After being selected in the top-ten, Austin signed a four-year $12.751 million deal with a $7.653 signing bonus. He’s set to make $984,591 in 2014 and will be a free agent in 2017.
Summer OTA Outlook: Austin is the only other receiver besides Chris Givens who have a starting spot locked up. Givens will be on the outside while Austin will be in the slot. This summer, Austin will be working closely with QB Sam Bradford. The two didn’t have a full season together as Bradford went down with an injury mid-season.
2014 Season Outlook: Austin will be looking to live up to his top-ten selection and provide the explosiveness he was known for at WVU. After some glimpses in 2013, it’s entirely possible to see Austin line up anywhere on the field and make plays. He’ll also likely remain the best viable return option for the Rams. If he gets into a groove with Bradford, he could be looking at a solid sophomore season.