By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Despite the Los Angeles Rams acquiring wide receiver Sammy Watkins in a blockbuster deal, the team intends to keep wide out Tavon Austin. The belief almost immediately was that the Rams would deal Austin.
He has not lived up to expectations with the Rams after being the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The goal now is to provide second-year quarterback Jared Goff with as many offensive weapons as possible.
Austin, who started 15 games last season, is now expected to be the team’s slot receiver in Sean McVay’s offense, barring any last minute changes. Watkins and his former Buffalo Bills teammate Robert Woods, who signed with the team in the off-season, is expected to be McVay’s starting receivers.
If opponents focus their game plan on Watkins, if he’s healthy, or Woods, it would not be surprising if Austin thrives. However, if Watkins goes down, as he only played in eight games last season, it would likely hurt his production.
Last season, the team’s first in Los Angeles, he had his best season. Austin had 58 receptions for 509 yards and three touchdowns.
Under Jeff Fisher and then interim head coach John Fassel, he also had 28 carries for 159 yards and another touchdown.
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