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Cowboys hoping this is the year Tavon Austin becomes a complete receiver

Cowboys Austins Reboot Football

FILE - In this July 26, 2018, file photo, Dallas Cowboys running back Tavon Austin, left, runs by teammate linebacker Sean Lee during NFL football training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Austin never really had a fresh start with a new coach in Los Angeles because of a wrist injury that plagued him and a hamstring that popped on him before the last of five disappointing seasons with the Rams. The eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft believes the opportunity has arrived through a trade to the Cowboys and the health that Austin hoped would come with it. (AP Photo/Gus Ruelas, File)


During his five seasons with the Rams, Tavon Austin was mostly a disappointment: Although he made the occasional big play as a runner, receiver or returner, he never really put it all together to be a complete player. Can that change in Dallas?

It can according to Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, who says Austin is showing he can handle everything thrown at him in Dallas. Prescott said all of his receivers are starting to get it, but when asked which of the Cowboys’ new receivers has done the best job of getting involved in the offense, Prescott said it was Austin.

“I’d say Tavon for the simple fact, in the other place he was, I didn’t know he was as good of a receiver as he was and could run routes as well as he does, and catch the ball every single time,” Prescott said, via the Star-Telegram. “For me, from that standpoint, he’s not just a gadget, gadget guy. You don’t have to run him on speed sweeps and all that steps opens up the offense and you can use him there as well. He’s a guy you can put out there, inside, outside and trust he’s going to get open.”

For his NFL career, Austin has averaged just 8.7 yards per catch, far less than a player with his speed ought to be averaging if he’s as good a route runner as Prescott suggests. The Rams’ offense never did get the most out of Austin’s talents. Prescott seems to think the Cowboys’ offense can.