The Packers finally added a wide receiver. Last week the Packers brought in the speedy wideout for a workout. Today they made it official by signing him. Austin will be eligible to practice Wednesday and might be ready to play against Detroit in a couple of weeks. Austin is listed as a wide receiver, but he will most likely be used all over the place in Matt LaFleur’s offense.
Austin ran a 4.25 40-yard dash at the 2013 combine. This led to the college phenom being drafted eighth by the Rams in the 2013 NFL Draft. He spent his first five seasons with the Rams and the last two with Dallas. He hasn’t played yet in 2020, but that’s about to change. Austin is a “do everything” type of player on offense and will bring a lot as a gadget player to the offense. His role will probably be similar to Tyler Ervin who has been an integral part of the offensive scheme. Over his career Austin has
- 2006 Receiving Yards
- 1340 Rushing Yards
- 15 Receiving Touchdowns
- 10 Rushing Touchdowns
Austin will most likely add fire to the Packers special teams as well. His speed should instantly make him a threat in the return game where the Packers have struggled this year. In his seven-year career, Austin has three punt returns taken back for touchdowns. For reference, the last time the Packers returned a punt for a touchdown was week 17 of 2014.
Austin should have a role in the offense as the team enters the playoffs. This is sort of the thing that happened with Tyler Ervin last season. He was brought on as a return guy, but he quickly found a role on the team and is now an important part of the team. Having a guy like Austin gives the Pack two players with Tyler Ervin’s skillset.
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