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Jets “have a plan” for Tavon Austin

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West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin’s playmaking ability has intrigued several teams as he’s made the rounds heading into the draft.

To no one’s surprise, the offense-starved Jets are on that list. Austin said that his visit with the Jets went well and that the team told him they were hopeful things worked out so Austin landed on their roster. What’s more, coach Rex Ryan told the wideout that the team already has plans about how they would use him in 2013.

“He made a little joke, ‘We might throw you on the defensive side, a couple plays,’ but it was everything good,” Austin said, via Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He said he had a plan for me. I talked to the offensive coordinator (Marty Mornhinweg), and they said they like players like me who can bring big-play ability there.”

Unless the plan the Jets outlined for Austin was similar to the one they outlined for Tim Tebow at this time last year, it’s a safe bet that Austin heard the same thing from other teams in the last few weeks. In a draft that’s been maligned far and wide for its lack of top-shelf talent, Austin stands out on the offensive side of the ball as a player who could change games if used correctly.

That explains why he’s rocketed up draft boards and why he’s likely to hear his name called sometime in the first half of the first round on Thursday night. With two picks in the top 13 and an offense that counted Jeremy Kerley as its top weapon for most of last season, the Jets are certainly a team to watch when it comes to Austin’s eventual landing spot.

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  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 25, 2013 9:29 AM

    If that plan includes making a deal with Detroit so the Lions can get Austin then that sounds interesting to me, otherwise bottle your plan for now until after the draft!

    The Lions need a tradeback or two and Austin would be a nice target with one of our new picks!

  2. green41563 says: Apr 25, 2013 9:36 AM

    Really hope they don’t take Austin.

    I have to say: all this talk about the Jets needing “playmakers” is dopey. What they need is a quarterback. You could give the Jets Jerry Rice in his prime, and they still wouldn’t score any points with a bum like Mark Sanchez.

    Spending high picks on wide receivers when you have a bottom-3 quarterback is like putting $5,000 rims on an ’89 Chevy.

  3. 69finfan says: Apr 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    The Jests are going to need a personal punt protector so there’s always that possibility. In addition I’ve heard that they’ve been working on a new and improved butt fumble so there’s that possibility as well for Tayvon. Plenty of opportunities exist on the Jests.

  4. green41563 says: Apr 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    Don’t diss Jeremy Kerley. I understand that he’s not popular on chat boards because he wasn’t a #1 pick, but he caught for over 800 yards as a second-year player while catching passes from Mark Sanchez.

    Guy’s a stud in the slot.

  5. ras1tafari says: Apr 25, 2013 9:43 AM

    I think anytime you hear “….like they outlined for Tim Tebow…” you just run. run far away.

  6. theauger says: Apr 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    Just about everyone & their mother is trying to trade back. I can see a team jump in front of the Jets & take Austin before the #9 pick. The Cardinals @ #7 if the 3 tackles are gone, would be my guess as where a team might trade up to grab Austin.

  7. Andrew Bailey says: Apr 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    Does anyone else suspect Rex makes that same “we might throw you on the defensive side” joke to every offensive player he comes in contact with?

  8. polegojim says: Apr 25, 2013 10:09 AM

    Jets… and Plan… don’t belong in the same sentence.

    The last few years, they’ve been haphazard and scattered… and the results prove it.

  9. jetset24 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:11 AM

    Jets need to protect their quarterback, Sanchez was fine his first 2 seasons when he had protection, 2 AFC championships is not to shabby, plus with a west coast style offense shorter passes less time in pocket button up the right tackle position so he’s not running for his life every down Austin would be a great add on, try to add Ball in the 2nd round and drop the circus atmosphere and at least try to be somewhat competitive or tank the season and get a real QB next draft.

  10. calhounlambeau says: Apr 25, 2013 10:12 AM

    He’s just going to end up getting hurt, just being honest. He’s a little guy.

  11. len462 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:16 AM

    I remember about this time last year that the Jets had a plan for Tebow too. I’m gonna google that real quick and see how it worked out.

  12. stlrams908 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:19 AM

    Jets have a plan for him? Just like they did with tebow huh

  13. hehateme2 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    Jet have a plan? That’s a novel approach considering the moves they have made over history.

    Without a QB that can get Tayvon or anyone else the ball there is not much “to plan.”

  14. ozymandias121 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    What’s the plan? Draft him and let the kid have a mediocre career under their terrible franchise?

  15. madmax80 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:24 AM

    You failed to report on the follow up questions:

    Austin: What’s your plan for me, Coach Ryan?

    SexyRexy: Well, son, we plan to use you at a position that doesn’t suit your talents and keep you lingering on our roster until the football world forgets about you. By the way, can you throw the ball?

  16. Max says: Apr 25, 2013 10:24 AM

    Worst thing possible for the guy is to land and that mess in NYJ. They will suck the joy for football out of him.

  17. andrewsteindione says: Apr 25, 2013 10:27 AM

    God has a plan for you. Rex Ryan does not.

  18. jamaltimore says: Apr 25, 2013 10:28 AM

    Lame duck coach and terrible QB. This is the last place a kid should want to play.

  19. mksnpcola says: Apr 25, 2013 10:28 AM

    “Jets have a plan” BaHahahahaha! Excuse me, I need to go rest from all the belly laughing.

  20. ohnothatguy says: Apr 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    Plan?!?! Ummm dont you need a qb to have a plan for a wr?!!!???!!

  21. bbillsfan01 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    Good Luck Losers.
    You better trade up to get him cuz he ain’t getting past 8
    Hello? Jeff Fischer? We hear you like this Austin kid. Let’s make a deal!!

  22. lionsdraftguy says: Apr 25, 2013 10:32 AM

    @thestrategyexpert

    You clearly dont know the Lions and what they need. Trade back and take Austin? Thatll set them back for a couple years. Glad you arent in the war room.

  23. despenc925 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:35 AM

    for him hopefully it isn’t the same “plan” they had for Tim Tebow

  24. omniscient48 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:37 AM

    He is way too short for Sanchez to find him.

  25. c1md6 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    He reminds me a lot of Percy harvin in he’s a speedy play maker and can beat you in multiple positions. But when has Percy harvin played a full season without health problems? Tiny playmakers are way too unjust prone

  26. michaeljacksonisback says: Apr 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    This “Austin is too little” talk is silly. Most players getting gruesome injuries are big fellas. This kid has never been injured or missed a game! Come on Rams trade up and grab this electric playmaker!!! The jets are just going to make him a safety or CB anyways!

  27. cobibones13 says: Apr 25, 2013 10:45 AM

    It’s fitting that the most overrated prospect goes to the most overrated franchise.

  28. granadafan says: Apr 25, 2013 10:55 AM

    Keenan Allen is a better receiver, but I’d hate to see him go to the mother of all circus teams.

  29. damnsureis says: Apr 25, 2013 11:08 AM

    He would provide Sanchez a solid target for him to overthrow.

  30. saints4life57 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:08 AM

    I wonder if the Jets pay people to write about them? The team sucks really bad and this whole off season all I been hearing about are the Jets! They are not even worth talking about! JC lets just move on already! There are plenty other good teams to talk about!

  31. lrjets says: Apr 25, 2013 11:14 AM

    69finfan says:Apr 25, 2013 9:37 AM

    The Jests are going to need a personal punt protector so there’s always that possibility. In addition I’ve heard that they’ve been working on a new and improved butt fumble so there’s that possibility as well for Tayvon. Plenty of opportunities exist on the Jests.

    Gotta love when a Dolphins fan cracks on the Jets.
    20 Quarterbacks since Marino.

  32. habsfanatic says: Apr 25, 2013 11:18 AM

    Who cares if Sanchez is his QB for this year? He’s going to sign a five-year contract and he’ll be around to catch balls from their next QB next year. NFL teams can turnaround so quickly, people may laugh at the Jets now but having a weapon like him in the offense can certainly be part of the long-term solution.

  33. lrjets says: Apr 25, 2013 11:19 AM

    bbillsfan01 says:Apr 25, 2013 10:30 AM

    Good Luck Losers.
    You better trade up to get him cuz he ain’t getting past 8
    Hello? Jeff Fischer? We hear you like this Austin kid. Let’s make a deal!!

    A bills fan calling the Jets losers is eqivalent to Casey Anthony calling Jodi Arias, a sweet lady.

  34. siggtacular says: Apr 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    The jets suck

  35. majormeatcurtains says: Apr 25, 2013 11:35 AM

    Everyone knows their plan. Draft him and if he’s good sit him. If he busts give him a huge extension and play him every down. He, Tebow and Sanchez will have plenty to talk about.

  36. scoocha says: Apr 25, 2013 11:40 AM

    What’s the point with picking Austin? You would have a child throwing to him.

  37. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    Rex plans to put him between two pieces of bread n eat him

  38. stevenwilliams2013 says: Apr 25, 2013 11:45 AM

    I am concerned about his size. He is a really small guy.

  39. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    green41563 says:

    I have to say: all this talk about the Jets needing “playmakers” is dopey. What they need is a quarterback. You could give the Jets Jerry Rice in his prime, and they still wouldn’t score any points with a bum like Mark Sanchez.
    ____________________

    That’s a false statement. In his first 2 years when he had better talent around him he performed much better and the Jets were in the playoffs.

    It would be a fairer statement to say he’s a very average QB with good talent around him, but horrible with lesser talent surrounding him on the offense.

  40. thefiesty1 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:02 PM

    What a plan! End his career before it ever starts by being taken by the Jets (or Browns).

  41. papoose059 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:13 PM

    IMO Tavon is a luxury player for a contending team. The Jets would be wise to sure up the middle of the team with a playmaking LB or a stud guard to protect the QB they take next year or later in the draft. If I were them I’d target Ogletree or Warmack, both will be pro bowl players. A team in this much disarray can not afford to miss with either 1st rounder, and a 175 pound WR is to much of a injury concern.

  42. inmymind75 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    The plan, don’t pick the bust…pick a player, not the hype.

  43. seaeagle707 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:17 PM

    When Rex the Human Jumbotron tells you that he has a plan for you, be afraid, be very afraid. The only thing he knows how to do with good players is, nothing. Don’t take my word for it, look at the record. Then ask yourself, why was Revis, so desperate to shed green?

    With the Jets you forget dreams of a Super Bowl. You buy an HD large screen to watch it at home.

  44. m3dman3 says: Apr 25, 2013 12:33 PM

    I feel bad for the kid.

  45. johanvil says: Apr 25, 2013 12:55 PM

    Rex Ryan sucks even at jokes. Thank you Jets for your constant comic relief.

  46. dwnhillwhaler says: Apr 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    lrjets says:

    Gotta love when a Dolphins fan cracks on the Jets.
    20 Quarterbacks since Marino.

    —————————————————-
    Jets have not had the same QB start for 10 years, straight or otherwise. not in their history. not even Namath. have at least one franchise QB in your history then mabye well consider you credible.

  47. dpaulson7 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:05 PM

    Hey, I have $5,000.00 rims on an 89 Chevy, it’s freaking dope!
    Out,
    Lendale White

  48. getyourownname says: Apr 25, 2013 1:12 PM

    madmax80 says:
    Apr 25, 2013 10:24 AM
    Austin: What’s your plan for me, Coach Ryan?

    SexyRexy: Well, son, we plan to use you at a position that doesn’t suit your talents and keep you lingering on our roster until the football world forgets about you. By the way, can you throw the ball?
    *******************************
    Possible. But more likely:
    Rexy: How the hell would I know? I don’t have anything to do with offense.

  49. shinedown37 says: Apr 25, 2013 1:15 PM

    Watch the Jets draft Geno Smith and Tavon Austin.

  50. cmdrsmooth says: Apr 25, 2013 2:11 PM

    What happen to the plan for Tebow?

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Apr 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    In the right offense, Austin will be a tremendous weapon. Not sure if the Jets offer that or not but get him the ball frequently in open space and he will be trouble for defenses. Also Austin will make the punt retrun game dangerous immediately.

  52. XRayTiD says: Apr 25, 2013 5:13 PM

    Tavon Austin is dangerous with the ball in his hands but that would be hard for the Jets to do since they can’t get past the snap without fumbling

  53. dlk47823 says: Apr 25, 2013 5:35 PM

    I love the Dolphins baggin’ on the Jets- They split the series last year 1-1 and won 1 more game than NY. That was a good season for them, while the Jets go 6-10 after losing their best offensive and best defensive player to injury. That was a disaster season. jets will have a better record than Miami this year. Tannenhill will struggle in year 2.

  54. dlk47823 says: Apr 25, 2013 5:38 PM

    Rex has been to 2 championships in last 4 years……same as Belicheck. Jets will be back and yes, Tavon Austin will be in NY. Deal with it.

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