Cowboys To Re-Sign WR Tavon Austin

The Cowboys are keeping wide receiver Tavon Austin, a source tells Mike Garafolo of NFL.com (on Twitter). Clarence Hill Jr. of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram tweets that it’s a one-year deal, although financial terms of the deal are not yet known. 

The Rams made Austin the No. 8 overall pick in the 2013 draft after being blown away by his blazing speed. So far, Austin has yet to live up to his draft billing, but the Cowboys are still intrigued by his ability. Last year, Austin notched just eight catches in seven games, but he averaged 17.5 yards per grab.

He also has the ability to make plays out of the backfield, as evidenced by his career 6.8 yards per carry average. The Cowboys talked up Austin relentlessly last offseason, and insisted they were going to get him involved on offense after acquiring him. That never really materialized, but they’re willing to give it another shot in 2019.

He can also contribute on special teams, and had a 51-yard punt return in the playoffs this past season that almost went for a touchdown. With Cole Beasley gone to Buffalo, Austin should be the team’s primary punt returner in 2019. Austin struggled with a groin injury in 2018 that ended up costing him nine games.

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7 comments on “Cowboys To Re-Sign WR Tavon Austin

  1. davidkaner

    Bust city……track stars type guys always blow you away in drills but never with their ability to catch & break tackles. This is why Golden Tate is a football player & Tavon Austin is a wanna be football player.

    • GeauxRangers

      He had some really big plays last year both as a returner and a receiver. As a role player on the cheap he’s a nice playmaker for the price. Probably the difference between winning and losing some games last year.

  2. CowboysoldierFTW

    All I know is he awesome returning for me in Madden, lol.
    But seriously, hes worth the gamble to me

  3. imindless
    imindless

    They should utilize him like saints do kamara. Or perhaps in the slot where they had beasley.

    • Breezy

      Assuming they’re both healthy, I’d trust Hurns in the slot more than Tavon.

  4. Z-A

    Hasn’t been a promising offseason. That’s for sure. Big D… that’s their grade this offseason so far – D.

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