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Rams to see familiar foe in Tavon Austin for Divisional Round 

Teams face familiar foes all the time, but the Rams will get a look at one who's about as familiar as it gets on Saturday.

Wide receiver Tavon Austin spent his first five seasons in the league with the Rams after the club selected him No. 8 overall out of West Virginia. While Austin was able to reach 907 yards from scrimmage as a do-it-all offensive weapon back in 2015, his production was not able to get back to that level in the next two years. Austin did have 509 yards receiving in 2016, but had just 317 yards on 72 touches for the 2017 Rams.

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Austin also was a dazzling punt returner at times, taking back a punt for a touchdown in each of his first three seasons. But after some ball security issues in 2017, Austin was replaced in that role as well.

Los Angeles traded Austin to Dallas during the 2018 draft in exchange for a sixth-round pick that the club used to select offensive lineman Jamil Demby.

But on Saturday, Austin showed plenty of the burst and ability he'd displayed with the Rams for much of his career, taking back a 51-yard punt for the Cowboys in their 24-22 victory over the Seahawks.

Austin also has continued to run that same jet-sweep motion head coach Sean McVay put in Los Angeles' offense last year.

So while wide receiver Amari Cooper is undoubtedly Dallas' headliner at the receiver position — especially since the Cowboys used a first-round pick to acquire him midseason — Austin has been a contributor.

When speaking about his early impressions of the Cowboys' wide receiving corps on Sunday evening, McVay made mention of Austin first.

"Tavon did a great job — had some great punt returns, made some plays in the pass game. I know for him, coming back where he had the injury that held him out, I want to say, around nine games," McVay said. "Tavon has definitely got the ability to beat you in a variety of ways."