With everyone’s attention turned to the 2018 NFL Draft, a notable move was made today involving a former Mountaineer. The Los Angeles Rams have traded wide receiver Tavon Austin to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 6th round pick. Austin, formally a first round and top ten pick of the then St.Louis Rams, never really got comfortable in the organization. He showed some flashes here and there of what he could do, but had multiple offensive coordinators, inconsistent quarterbacks and two head coaches in his five seasons with the Rams.
Austin continued to find himself losing playing time after the Rams drafted Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds last year and also acquiring Sammy Watkins from the Buffalo Bills. Austin will also have some competition for playing time in Dallas with 3rd round pick Michael Gallup of Colorado State, newly acquired Allen Hurns and returning veterans Cole Beasley and Terence Williams in the fold. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released star receiver Dez Bryant last week and has since been trying to find his replacement(s).
Austin totaled 194 receptions, 1.689 yards and 12 touchdowns in 50 games with Los Angeles while also notching 184 carries, 1,238 rushing yards and nine rushing TD’s.