Rams want WR Tavon Austin to become more of a deep threat

Austin would have to dramatically alter his game if he wants to threaten deep.

| 3 weeks ago
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Rams want WR Tavon Austin to become more of a deep threat


The Rams reportedly want WR Tavon Austin to become more of a deep threat, utilizing his speed more like the likes of Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson. The fifth-year player will have to dramatically change his game to do so:

  • Austin’s average depth of target last year was just 7.7 yards down field, second lowest of players with 100-plus targets and almost three times lower than league-leading Sammie Coates (21.6 yards).
  • Austin has caught just six of 30 targets on post and ‘go’ routes, for 197 yards and two touchdowns throughout his career.
  • For his career, he has averaged just 6.6 yards per target on go and post routes. Jackson in 2016 averaged almost double that (12.0 yards), scoring four times on 24 such targets.

 

Los Angeles Rams WR Tavon Austin

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Sam is a Senior Analyst at Pro Football Focus, as well as a contributor to ESPN.

  • Robert Reyes

    “Austin has caught just six of 30 targets on post and ‘go’ routes, for 197 yards and two touchdowns throughout his career.”

    this is flat out wrong, would recommend taking another look (22 film perhaps?)…