Packers To Meet With Tavon Austin

The Packers will work out Tavon Austin, as Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets. The former Rams and Cowboys wide receiver has yet to see live action this year. 

Austin, the No. 9 overall pick in the 2013 draft, joined the 49ers over the summer and was said to be playing well in training camp. Then, when a knee injury forced him to IR, he was cut loose. Austin has never come close to justifying his draft status, but his speed and versatility continues to intrigue coaches around the league. In theory, Austin could feature as a receiver, rusher, and returner for the Packers.

Of course, health has been Austin’s biggest stumbling block as a pro. Over seven injury-laden years in the NFL, Austin has notched 215 receptions while averaging just 9.3 yards per catch. For what it’s worth, he did average more than 15 yards per grab over the last two seasons with the Cowboys, but that was in a super small sample size of 21 receptions.

The Austin audition comes after Darrius Shepherd fumbled on a kickoff return against the Colts. With over 200 career kick and punt returns on his resume, a special teams role could be Austin’s quickest path to getting back on the field.

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  1. wrigleyhawkeye

    I like it. He’s nothing special and certainly not a first round draft talent (or first day draft talent for that matter), but he’s still more talented than all but one or two WR’s on this current roster. Understanding that talent isn’t everything.

    • cka2nd

      The first round is the only round that takes place on the first day of the NFL draft. That’s been the case since 2010.

  2. HailRodgers12$

    What about the incomparable whats his name they signed to the practice squad last month? Is this gute admitting failure yet again?

    • toddkirchenberg

      Practice squad players are not any indication of a GM. Sometimes they are signed to do just what it says. Practice.

      • HailRodgers12$

        And sometimes if a veteran is signed and can’t work his way up from the practice squad when there are multiple injuries at his position, and Darrius Sheppard and Malik Taylor are playing significant snaps, then he’s probably not worth the practice squad roster spot either.

          • twentyforty

            You mean DTs, Safeties and MLBs don’t you? Stop believing the media drivel…the WRs are good enough. The defensive players mentioned here in are not.

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