Tavon Austin hasn’t made much of a splash as a wide receiver for the Rams this season, but he’s found other ways to remind the team of the big play ability that made him a first-round pick in 2013.
Austin has averaged over six yards a carry while scoring two touchdowns and he added a 78-yard punt return for a touchdown in last Sunday’s 24-0 victory over the Redskins. Austin had three punt returns of more than 25 yards during the game, which helped convince the NFL to name him the NFC’s special teams player of the week.
It’s the second time that Austin has received the honor. He was also recognized after returning a punt for a score during his rookie season.
If the Rams can find a way to put Austin’s abilities to better use in the passing game in 2015, he may be able to add an offensive player of the week award to that haul. Even if that doesn’t happen, he’ll remain a threat to go the distance on every punt he fields for a Rams team that should have higher expectations for success next season.