Packers announce Tavon Austin signing

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Wide receiver Tavon Austin is officially a member of the Packers.

The team announced Austin’s signing on Tuesday. They also confirmed that they waived wide receiver Darrius Shepherd.

Austin signed with the 49ers in August, but landed on injured reserve after hurting his knee. He spent the last two seasons with the Cowboys and spent five years with the Rams after being drafted in the first round in 2013.

He has 215 receptions for 2,006 yards and 15 touchdowns and 196 carries for 1,340 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns in 96 career games. He’s also averaged 8.1 yards per punt return and 18 yards per kickoff return while returning three punts for touchdowns.

With Sheppard off the roster and Tyler Ervin has missed the last two games with injuries, the return role looks like Austin’s route to playing time in Green Bay.

15 responses to “Packers announce Tavon Austin signing

  1. All that we ask is that you please hang onto the rock! Thank you and welcome to Titletown Mr. Austin.

  2. He is going to love practicing against the hapless packer defense over the next few weeks.

  3. He’s lucky. The Packers have among the best receiver depth going and he can now be part of it, plus, Rodgers is firmly among the MVP candidates. That doesn’t happen to a player everyday.

  4. What a great thrill this must be for him, especially on the back half of his career.
    To be able to walk on to one of the most successful and historic NFL franchises of all time, as it makes another prestigious trek to the postseason.
    Welcome aboard, contribute where you can, and of course, enjoy the ride!

  5. At this point, with his NFL resume and recent lack of interest from other teams, it sure seems as though the Tavon Austin ship already sailed — and sunk.
    That said, he was a great college player, and was and still could be an explosive athlete. As a Packers fan, I guess it’s worth scraping off a few barnacles to see if he can contribute as a multi-purpose, change-of-pace guy — especially since it isn’t costing them much to find out.

  6. Guys like Austin, Snacks, Dez and AB seemingly always chase rings when they get to sit back and wait for the right offer.

  7. Tavon will wear #16 for the Packers.

    I already have visions of Tavon taking one to the house in the playoffs.👏

    Let’s go TitleTown! Philly up next. Go 1-0 each week. One at a time.✊👍

    #OneTeamOneNation

    #PackerNation!

  8. 50Stars says:
    December 1, 2020 at 4:33 pm
    All that we ask is that you please hang onto the rock! Thank you and welcome to Titletown Mr. Austin.

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    This is the key. I was looking at his stats and he has fumbled 23 times in his career and has lost 8, this is over a 7 year stretch. Hopefully he can take care of the football going forward. Should fit well in the return game and the jet sweep game, no fumbles please!

  9. He is going to love practicing against the hapless packer defense over the next few weeks.
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    Gotta love it when someone is so clueless that they talk smack about a defense that’s ranked double digits ahead of his own team’s.

  10. I bet he just wants to practice against that defense . . . otherwise why would he sign. The Packers never win anything. They wish they had a trophy room like my Vikings!

  11. How many people say that he is lucky to join one of the best receiving corps??? Are these the same people who said that they should have drafted a receiver in the first round and the second round and said that AR needed help?? I like this move as long as he is healthy. Shepherd had one issue – bad drops at bad times and didnt really break any kick or punt returns. So if Austin can regain even a little bit of his old form it will be a positive – plus just the threat of a jet sweep throws defenses off and if he can execute one or two big plays from the bonus.

  12. Reminds me of the late-season signing of Andre Rison as the Pack went on to bring the Lombardi home.

  13. robertlseverson says:
    Reminds me of the late-season signing of Andre Rison as the Pack went on to bring the Lombardi home.
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    Andre Rison may have been a mild disappointment when you correlate where he was drafted with the totality of his career. But he was light years ahead of Tavon Austin as an NFL wide receiver, and anyone that expects him to make anywhere near the same level of contribution Rison did with the ’96 Packers is engaging in wishful thinking.
    I’m just hoping Austin can help as a returner, run a few jet sweeps to keep defenses honest, and not drop the football on the ground as often as he has in the past.

  14. So many positives about the new addition to the team!👏

    Tavon Austin has been coached by Matt LaFleur before and that can only help in coming to Green Bay.

    Tavon is a high quality returner. Tavon has returned 185 punts for 1,466 yards(7.9 avg)and 3 TD’s. A 18 yard average on kickoffs is nothing to sneeze at either.

    Tavon is a speedster for a offense and has amassed 5,263 all-purpose yards in 7 NFL seasons.

    One could try to spin something negative about Tavon, but that would obviously expose someone being a jealous of successful people troll.

    #GoPackGo!✊

  15. We’ll get a chance to see him in green and gold come Sunday. Until then, the jury’s out.

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