What’s Fair To Expect From WR Tavon Austin In 2019?

Entering the , most considered wide receiver a major position of need for the Dallas Cowboys.

Despite trading a pick for , and using their selection in 2018 on , the Cowboys remained hungry for playmakers on the outside. They went out and signed former Green Bay Packer , but no one anticipates that he'll be a game-changer right off the bat. While a nice addition, the Cowboys likely still need to address the position in a different way.

Even if they don't do so, however, this is now in a good place, and the re- of Tavon Austin helped to get them there.

While not your typical wide receiver, Tavon Austin has the ability to help the Cowboys score in a variety of ways. Though not thought of as a deep threat, we saw against the last season that Austin can use his speed to break loose if not accounted for. We also saw, in limited opportunities, Austin work as a for Dallas before getting injured a year ago.

Then, of course, there's his value as a “gadget” player. Austin can create issues for defenses when used in jet motion, out of the backfield as a receiver, and simply as “window dressing” to confuse the defenders. Austin is also the most electrifying returner the Cowboys have had in quite some time.

In theory, the idea of Tavon Austin sounds really nice to have on your . The problem is, no team has really been able to unleash Tavon for a full season just yet. Too often he goes down with injuries, whether minor or serious, which sideline him for extended periods of time. When healthy and available, Austin has real value to an offense which could use wrinkles in any possible way that they can find them.

The question will always be, though, for just how long will Tavon Austin be available.

And with the depth the Cowboys now have in their wide receiver room, one too many could put Tavon Austin on the roster bubble much quicker than some might expect.


Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.

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For “gadget” plays to be real successful, the player needs to be almost always on the field. If you do like Dallas has done in the past, the defense gets a heads up when the “gadget” player goes on the field.

I expect this to change with Kellen Moore as the OC and play caller.

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