With Tavon Austin dealing with a hamstring injury, there’s a chance the Los Angeles Rams wideout could miss the remainder of preseason.
Around this time last year, the bar was set high for Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin after the team rewarded him with a hefty four-year, $42 million extension, although the debate is still out there on whether he’s worth all that money. One of the reasons why the Rams were willing to provide Austin with this kind of deal was due to the fact that he managed to find the end zone 10 times during the 2015 NFL season.
Unfortunately, Austin failed to live up to the hype in 2016 after finishing the year with 509 receiving yards, which sadly is a career high for the wideout. To make the situation even more frustrating, Austin was unable to suit up for Saturday’s preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys due to a hamstring injury, and now it appears he may not even play at all until the regular season.
Whether Austin wants to admit it or not, missing all of this time away from practice and preseason games only hurts his role in Sean McVay‘s offense. It was one thing for him to miss time in the offseason while recovering from wrist surgery, but seeing him miss even more time over this hamstring is beyond frustrating for all parties.
Between Los Angeles adding key playmakers in Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp during the offseason along with the recent acquisition of Sammy Watkins, it’s going to be interesting to see how McVay uses Austin on offense once the wideout returns to full strength. Austin may be labeled as a bust due to his inability to handle the responsibilities of a No. 1 wideout, but that doesn’t mean Los Angeles still can’t figure out a way to use his dangerous speed to their advantage against opponents.