Although destined to flourish on special teams, the 22-year-old Austin will absolutely thrive as a wide receiver and running back with offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer designing plays.
A two-time First-team All-American, the 5-foot-9, 174 pound Austin also caught 288 pigskins for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns.
An electric presence on the gridiron capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, the former Mountaineer should be a nightmare to defend.
Working with solid tight end Jared Cook, and serviceable receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, quarterback Sam Bradford will have plenty of weapons to target this autumn.
Possibly of greater importance, opponents won’t be able to strictly focus on stopping Austin when set in a four-wide package.
Removed from a third place finish in the NFC West, the Rams (7-8-1) badly need Austin to prosper in the “Rome of the West.”
Provided Brian Schottenheimer properly utilizes the quasi midget, Tavon Austin will make a “significant contribution” all over the field.by