Tavon Austin is one of the fastest and most electrifying returners in the NFL, so it makes sense that the Los Angeles Rams will try to use him in a variety of ways that can help the team win games. Even though NFL football odds don’t have the Rams making the playoffs, the coaches and players believe they have a very talented team that is capable of making a postseason run.
In addition to being the team’s best returner, the 5 feet 8 inches tall Austin was also the team’s leading receiver last season. Austin finished the year with 52 receptions and 5 touchdowns, which is quite impressive for someone his size, but it also shows that the Rams need some more help at the receiver position.
Head coach Jeff Fisher told reporters that he loves the way Austin plays the game. The coach said Austin is a high energy player that is very smart, fast, explosive and a great competitor that loves the game.
After the success Austin had last year, the Rams are looking for ways to get him more involved in the offense. Last season, they occasionally put Austin in the backfield, which was effective, but the team would like to use him in more ways this year, which is something Austin is very receptive about.
Austin told reporters he is very appreciative of the coaches trying to get him more involved in the offense and is looking forward to seeing the packages they come up with. Austin also said he is all about winning games and hopes that he can do something to help the team win anytime they put the ball in his hands.
Last season, Austin averaged 9.1 yards per reception, which isn’t mind-blowing for a receiver, but considering how bad the Rams offense was last season, he could only do so much. However, Austin doesn’t consider himself a possession receiver, which is a label a lot of people have used to describe him in the past.
Austin said he doesn’t fit the definition of a possession receiver because they are used to pick up first downs. Whereas, anytime Austin gets the ball, he said his mentality is to take it in for a touchdown.
Austin, who is entering his fourth season in the league told reporters that he has always been underestimated, especially because of his small size, but he uses it to motivate himself, which in turn motivates his teammates.
Due to his size, Austin said he can’t just be on the field talking trash, he always tries to back it up just to let opponents know that size doesn’t matter, it is a player’s heart that determines how good he is.
Jeff Fisher said he is expecting Austin to take on a leadership role on the team since he is now one of the veterans on the team. Austin echoed his coach’s thoughts and added that his teammates look to him to provide a spark for the team offensively.
Even though he is only 25-year-old, Austin is one of the oldest players on the team, and he knows the younger guys will be looking up to him to help them assimilate the playbook and how to conduct themselves professionally.