Former St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams receiver Tavon Austin is visiting the San Francisco 49ers for a workout, according to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garofolo, who for some unknown reason can’t report this news separate of each other.
Niners set to bring Tavon Austin back to the NFC West. https://t.co/Kq19wIFOxt— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 12, 2020
They both needed credit, so there you go.
Austin, the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft whose most productive season came with the Rams in 2015 (907 total yards, nine touchdowns), most recently played for the Dallas Cowboys. From 2018-2019, Austin played in 21 games for the Cowboys, catching 21 of 37 targets for 317 yards and three touchdowns and carrying it 12 times for 102 yards and another score. He fumbled once on 33 touches. Austin also had 17 punt returns for 84 yards last season.
The 49ers are awaiting the return of receiver Deebo Samuel, not likely to happen before the season as he recovers from a broken foot. They have virtually no starting experience at the position after him. Kendrick Bourne had eight starts in 2018. San Francisco has rookie Brandon Aiyuk, untested second year player Jalen Hurd, plus Dante Pettis, Trent Taylor, and Chris Thompson.
Could Austin help them at the position at this — or any — stage of his career? The 30-year-old may get an opportunity to find out.