St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin had six receptions on seven targets for 96 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 24-22 upset win at Arizona Wildcats . He also had two carries for 20 yards.
Austin caught a 12-yard touchdown early in the game, a 47-yard bomb from QB Nick Foles and another 12-yard score in the fourth quarter. The Rams have been trying to keep Austin involved, but this was easily his best game of the season as a receiver. He'll try to put up another big performance in Week 5 at Green Bay.
This was actually a pretty productive game for Austin, as he rarely gets up to five receptions. He didn't break anything loose, but still had a decent contest. Unless he scores on a long touchdown, however, he isn't going to get enough touches most week to carry much fantasy weight.
Austin continues to provide little in the passing game, and while he was able to lead the team in rushing yards, it was mostly because Tre Mason (seven carries for 26 yards) and Benny Cunningham (one carry for zero yards) were so unproductive. The Rams are clearly trying to find ways to get Austin the ball in space, but because he's such a limited receiver, he makes for a very inconsistent fantasy option.
In the season opener against the Seahawks, Austin played a key role in the team's win by totaling two touchdowns.
"I just said it before ... it’s all about opportunities," Austin said, per ESPN.com. "The previous two years, I’m not going to say it’s my fault, not saying it was anybody’s fault, it just wasn’t the right time. I believe my time is now and any opportunity I get, I’m going to take advantage of it."
One of Austin's touchdowns came on the ground Sunday. In fact, he did more damage at running back than wide receiver.
"I really don’t know what coach got in store for us," Austin said. "Right now we are down in depth, so you know, they called my name and I’m just glad I was able to make a play for us. Running back is my first love, always, but my size and stuff had me back off of it a little bit. But anytime I need to get back there, I’ll get back there.
"That’s what it’s all about ... just opportunities. Coach Fisher believes in me, my team believes in me. I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I had."
Austin rushed for a 16-yard touchdown early in the second quarter for his team's first points of the game. He later returned a punt for 75 yards and a touchdown, giving St. Louis a commanding lead in the third quarter.
Austin finished with four rushes for 17 yards. He also added two receptions on five targets for -2 yards.
The Rams will head to Washington to face the Redskins Week 2.
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