Tavon Austin

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #11

Tavon Austin News

Officially let go from Buffalo

The Bills cut Austin from their practice squad Thursday, Aaron Wilson of ProFootballNetwork.com reports.

Analysis: Austin was dismissed from the Bills' practice squad Thursday, after the team was given a practice squad exemption for the 32-year-old on Wednesday. Across nine NFL seasons, Austin recorded 244 receptions, 2,239 yards and 16 touchdowns, while he also added 199 rushes for 1,361 yards and 10 more scores in that span. However, the 176-pounder has proven to be an effective return specialist throughout his career, as he's amassed 1,515 total punt-return yards. Austin could still provide the same boost as a returner for another team if given the opportunity.

Oct 6, 2022 4:43 PM EST

Let go from practice squad

Austin was released from the Bills' practice squad Wednesday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: Austin signed with Buffalo's practice squad after failing to carve out a roster spot in the team's crowded wide receiver corps this preseason. The 32-year-old caught 24 of his 37 targets for 213 yards and a touchdown over 13 games with Jacksonville last season, marking his most significant usage in the passing game since 2016 with the Rams. Austin totaled 1,515 punt-return yards during his first nine seasons in the NFL, and his best value may come in a similar specialist role moving forward.

Oct 5, 2022 5:37 PM EST

Joins Buffalo's practice squad

Austin signed with the Bills' practice squad Wednesday, Alex White of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Austin didn't garner much interest on the open market after being released by Buffalo, so he'll settle for a spot on the practice squad. He fills a similar gadget role to the one occupied by Isaiah McKenzie (undisclosed), so Austin's best chance at getting a shot with the Bills during the season would likely be in the event of a McKenzie injury.

Aug 31, 2022 7:34 PM EST

No room in crowded offense

Austin was released by the Bills on Monday.

Analysis: The Bills have a whole host of promising receivers competing for limited spots, and several of the younger players have simply shined more than the 2013 first-round pick this summer. Austin's best bet to latching on with another team may be finding a home where a capable punt returner is needed.

Aug 22, 2022 6:37 AM EST

Finds home in Buffalo

The Bills signed Austin to a one-year contract Friday.

Analysis: Austin will get a chance to compete for a role in Buffalo's high octane offense heading into his age-31 season. The veteran appeared in 13 games with the Jaguars last season, in which span he managed 24 catches for 213 yards and one touchdown on 37 targets. If he can log a strong offseason, Austin could find himself vying with Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir for depth opportunities.

Jun 3, 2022 6:21 AM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Austin (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Analysis: Austin played at least 60 percent of the offensive snaps the past two games but won't suit up for Sunday's season finale. The 31-year-old is once again set to become a free agent after totaling 24 catches for 213 yards and one touchdown to go along with three carries for 21 yards this season. Jaydon Mickens and Josh Hammond will compete for reps as Jacksonville's No. 4 wideout Week 18.

Jan 9, 2022 8:52 AM EST

Produces little on three catches

Austin caught three of four targets for two yards during Sunday's 50-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Austin finished third on the team in targets and second in receptions Sunday, but it didn't result in any worthwhile yardage. The 31-year-old predictably fell back to earth after posting 89 yards from scrimmage last week, and he'll enter Week 18 with 24 catches for 213 yards and one touchdown through 13 games this season.

Jan 2, 2022 11:55 PM EST

Totals 89 scrimmage yards

Austin caught six of seven targets for 68 yards and had three carries for 21 yards during Sunday's 26-21 loss to the Jets.

Analysis: The 31-year-old finished second on the team in targets, receptions and yardage as he played 59 percent of the offensive snaps with Laviska Shenault (shoulder/foot) sidelined on the reserve/COVID-19 list. The 89 yards from scrimmage is by far Austin's best production of the season, but he should be expected to replicate it across the final two weeks of the season, regardless of his role.

Dec 27, 2021 1:57 PM EST

Secures three receptions

Austin caught three of five targets for 17 yards during Sunday's 20-0 loss at Tennessee.

Analysis: Austin saw his most playing time since Week 8 (26 offensive snaps) and tied a season high with five targets, but he was unable to turn those looks into anything notable. The journeyman wideout has 14 receptions for 132 yards and one touchdown in 10 games this season.

Dec 13, 2021 11:15 AM EST

Scores first TD since 2019

Austin caught both his targets for 21 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 21-14 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Austin reached the end zone for the first time since 2019 on a seven-yard reception during the third quarter, which was Jacksonville's only touchdown of the contest. The 31-year-old is entrenched as the team's No. 4 wideout and played only 13 of 73 offensive snaps Sunday, so he doesn't have much fantasy appeal in his current role.

Nov 29, 2021 1:43 PM EST

Available for Week 12

Austin (shoulder) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Falcons, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Austin progressed steadily throughout the week, upgrading to limited practice participation Thursday after missing practice Wednesday before finally practicing fully Friday. With Jamal Agnew (hip) on IR, Austin and Laquon Treadwell will likely rotate in the No. 3 receiver spot moving forward.

Nov 26, 2021 1:07 PM EST

Does not practice Wednesday

Austin (shoulder) was a non-participant at practice Wednesday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Austin is potentially poised for a larger role with Jamal Agnew (hip) sustaining a season-ending injury. However, if he is unable to go Sunday against the Falcons that opportunity will have to wait. Still firmly behind Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault and likely Laquon Treadwell, Austin's fantasy impact would still be mostly non-existent though. If Austin does miss Sunday, that added opportunity might fall on Jaydon Mickens, who was signed off the Buccaneers' practice squad Tuesday.

Nov 24, 2021 1:01 PM EST

Catches one pass

Austin caught one of two targets for 18 yards during Sunday's 30-10 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Jamal Agnew (hip) played only 10 offensive snaps before going down with a season-ending injury, but Austin ended up only playing 12 snaps in the contest. Laquon Treadwell saw a bump in playing time and appears poised to step into the No. 3 role with Agnew out. Austin could see more opportunities going forward but remains fantasy irrelevant.

Nov 22, 2021 12:40 PM EST

One catch Week 8

Austin caught one of three targets for five yards during Sunday's 31-7 loss to the Seahawks.

Analysis: The 31-year-old again worked as the No. 4 wideout behind Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault and Jamal Agnew. Austin has only seven receptions for 67 yards this season and isn't fantasy relevant in his current role.

Nov 1, 2021 1:41 PM EST

No receptions Week 6

Austin failed to catch his lone target during Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Austin operated as Jacksonville's No. 4 wideout and played 17 offensive snaps, and he had minimal involvement in the aerial attack. Jamal Agnew caught five passes for 78 yards and appears to have established himself as the No. 3 receiver, while Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault -- who were both targeted 10 times Sunday -- remain the top options for QB Trevor Lawrence.

Oct 18, 2021 10:01 AM EST

Secures five receptions

Austin caught all five of his targets for 54 yards during Sunday's 37-19 loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Austin ranked fourth among Jacksonville's wideouts with 24 offensive snaps, but he was one of only three pass catchers to secure multiple receptions. It was an unusual afternoon for the Jaguars' aerial attack, as top wide receivers Marvin Jones and Laviska Shenault combined for only two receptions for 83 yards. Those two receivers will typically be much more involved, so it's difficult to see Austin replicating that production while playing so few snaps.

Oct 11, 2021 12:08 PM EST

Takes over for Chark Thursday

Austin caught one of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 24-21 loss at Cincinnati.

Analysis: Austin was activated from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game and wasn't expected have a significant role in his season debut, but he ended up playing 41 of 56 offensive snaps -- which ranked third among Jacksonville's wideouts -- after DJ Chark went down with a broken ankle early in the first quarter. The 31-year-old tied with Marvin Jones for second on the team in targets, all three of which came in the short passing game. Austin appears set to work as the Jaguars' No. 3 wideout behind Jones and Laviska Shenault, but the veteran journeyman is unlikely to have a significant role in the passing game week-to-week.

Oct 1, 2021 9:24 AM EST

Joins Week 4 roster

The Jaguars activated Austin (quadriceps) from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game against the Bengals, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: After missing Jacksonville's first three games while residing on injured reserve, Austin returned to practice Monday, and the team apparently saw enough from him in three practices this week to deem him ready for game action. Though he's now a member of the 53-man roster, Austin won't necessarily be one of the team's 46 active players Thursday. He's likely behind all of DJ Chark, Marvin Jones, Laviska Shenault and Tyron Johnson on the depth chart at receiver, and Jamal Agnew is probably secure as Jacksonville's return specialist after he brought back a kickoff 102 yards for a touchdown Week 2 and returned a missed field goal for a 109-yard score Week 3.

Sep 30, 2021 1:21 PM EST

Designated to return from IR

Austin (quad) has been placed on the IR/Designated for Return list by the Jaguars.

Analysis: With that, the Jaguars now have a three-week window during which Austin can be added to their active roster. If not, he'll remain on IR. In the meantime, Austin can practice, and assuming he does find his way back into the mix, the 31-year-old will provide the team with WR/return depth.

Sep 27, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Shifts to injured reserve

Austin (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Mark Long of the Associated Press reports.

Analysis: Coach Urban Meyer said earlier this week that Austin would be ready for the season opener, but the wideout instead landed on the injured list a couple days later. The 31-year-old will be eligible to return for Week 4, though it's unclear if he's expected to be healthy by that point. Tyron Johnson, who was claimed off waivers Wednesday, and Jamal Agnew will serve as Jacksonville's depth options at wide receiver.

Sep 2, 2021 3:42 PM EST

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