Tavon Austin may have tough transition as Rams' deep threat
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin has seen only 15 of his 181 career receptions travel more than 15 yards in the air.
New Rams head coach Sean McVay wants Austin to be more like DeSean Jackson in 2017, but the supposed big-play threat has averaged 9.1 yards per catch for his career. His 2016 mark of 8.8 was third-to-last amongst wide receivers, and Jackson averaged literally twice as many yards per catch. Part of it has been Austin's usage, but the odds of him suddenly developing into a viable deep threat are slim.
Out of the 41 wide receivers to see 100-plus targets last season, Austin's 0.27 Reception Net Expected Points (NEP) per target were by far the least in the group. Next closest was Jeremy Kerley with 0.45 Reception NEP per target.
- DeSean Jackson totals 64 yards in Buccaneers' Week 14 loss December 11th, 2017
- Josh Doctson quiet as Redskins offense struggles December 11th, 2017
- Jamison Crowder does little in Redskins' Week 14 defeat December 11th, 2017
- Kelvin Benjamin scores touchdown, suffers setback with knee in Bills' victory December 11th, 2017
- Vikings' Kyle Rudolph continues touchdown streak despite Week 14 loss December 11th, 2017
- T.Y. Hilton does little in the snow as Colts fall to Bills December 11th, 2017
- Sammy Watkins scores yet again in Rams' Week 14 loss December 11th, 2017
- Rams' Cooper Kupp sets a new career-high with 118 yards on Sunday December 10th, 2017
- Jared Goff loses costly fumble in Rams' Week 14 loss December 10th, 2017
- Todd Gurley rushes for 2 more touchdowns in Rams' Week 14 loss December 10th, 2017
- Robert Woods (shoulder) not expected to play Sunday for Rams December 10th, 2017
- Robert Woods (shoulder) questionable for Rams in Week 14 December 9th, 2017