Rams say Tavon Austin 'definitely' has a role even after Sammy Watkins trade

From ESPN - August 11, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Rams general manager Les Snead says he believes Tavon Austin "definitely has a place" on his team, even though it feels as if the offense already has moved on without him.

On Friday morning, the Rams worked out a trade with the Buffalo Bills to make Sammy Watkins their new vertical threat on the outside, a role Austin previously was supposed to fill. Watkins and former Bills teammate Robert Woods will be the Rams' primary receivers. Their slot receiver is Cooper Kupp, a rookie out of Eastern Washington who already looks to have solidified a role.

But the Rams stress that they will find a place for Austin.

"Tavon is a fast kid," Snead said at a charity luncheon in downtown Los Angeles. "Jimmy Johnson probably said it best, long before I was in football: Speed is important. So having fast people on your team, you never have too many of those."

Austin signed a four-year, $42 million extension weeks before the start of the 2016 season. But he gained only 668 yards from scrimmage that year, which actually represented his second-highest total in four seasons. The Rams then brought in a new head coach (Sean McVay), signed one primary receiver (Woods) and traded for another (Watkins). They also have selected seven wide receivers and tight ends in the past two drafts.

Austin, meanwhile, has not been able to get on the field.


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