Report: Former Cowboys, Rams receiver Tavon Austin working out with 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers are looking to add more depth to their offensive rotations for the upcoming season. The team will be taking a look at former Dallas Cowboy and free-agent wide receiver Tavon Austin to see if he has a chance to crack the regular-season roster.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted the developments on the situation:
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2020
Tavon Austin could bring experience to the 49ers after being drafted by the then St. Louis Rams with the 8th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. The West Virginia product spent 5 seasons with the organization from 2013-2017. Through five years as a Ram, Austin had only one game of at least 100 yards receiving, and only five games with at least 100 yards from scrimmage.
On April 28, 2018, Austin was eventually traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for a 2018 sixth-round draft pick. In his first campaign with the Cowboys, he missed a total of nine games due to an injury. His absence contributed to his third consecutive year producing a low output in terms of yards from scrimmage, something he would hope to change with the 49ers.
In two playoff games, Austin caught two passes for five yards and rushed once for a loss of three yards. On March 14, 2019, Austin re-signed with Dallas and ended the season with 171 yards on 11 receptions with a scored touchdown. He played in 12 games but was not named a starter in any of his appearances.
His potential role with the San Francisco 49ers is still hard to determine as the team also has a loaded offensive lineup. However, head coach Kyle Shanahan might want to play it safe and keep an extra body for insurance in the situation that a player will be sidelined during the season.