49ers' Jaquiski Tartt explains how Tavon Austin could help offense


Especially following the news that George Kittle has agreed to a new record-breaking contract extension with the 49ers, coach Kyle Shanahan's offense is loaded with weapons.

But with former Dallas Cowboys speedster Tavon Austin reportedly visiting the 49ers for a workout, Shanahan could be adding to his depth chart.

Safety Jaquiski Tartt spoke to reporters via Zoom on Wednesday and is excited about the idea of Austin potentially joining the fold in Santa Clara.

"Somebody who can stretch the field," Tartt shared while describing Austin (h/t 49ers Web Zone). "Very elusive. I feel like he's still got it, and he can help our team a lot, offensively and on special teams."

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Austin spent his first five NFL seasons in the NFC West, after being drafted No. 8 overall by the then-St. Louis Rams in 2013 out of West Virginia. In addition to punt return touchdowns in each of his first three seasons with the Rams, Austin racked up 1,689 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during his time with the organization.

He was traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a sixth-round pick in 2018, and played both running back and wide receiver, but didn't get many touches.


Austin's speed is unquestionable, and if Shanahan can find a role for Austin in the 49ers' offense, we could be seeing him turn on the jets this fall at Levi's Stadium.

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