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Austin makes first catch, first drop, first almost touchdown

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Last weekend, only one pass was thrown in the direction of Rams rookie receiver Tavon Austin, the eighth overall pick in the 2013 draft.  Tonight, quarterback Sam Bradford targeted Tavon four times in two drives.

The first came on a third-and-12 play.  Lined up in the left slot, Austin crossed to the right, squatted in an open zone, caught a short pass, and then tried to juke his way to daylight.  As he was swarmed by three Packers defenders, it appeared that he spent more tim juking and not enough time moving toward the sticks.  But Austin still gained nine yards.

On fourth and three, the Rams opted to go for it.  From the right slot, Austin crossed just short of the line to gain, caught a quick pass from Bradford, and was hit and tackled by Packers safety Morgan Burnett before getting a first down.

Though it wasn’t obvious during the game broadcast, the officials also ruled that Austin dropped the ball.

On the next drive, Bradford went twice to Austin again, missing him on a short out route near the goal line for what would have been a walk-in touchdown.  Bradford then hit Austin with a short dart that was short of paydirt.

During Friday’s edition of The Dan Patrick Show, Rams coach Jeff Fisher told me that Austin has shown on the Rams practice field the same separation and burst he demonstrated regularly at West Virginia University.  So far tonight, we haven’t seen it against Green Bay.

But the Rams are definitely trying to give him chances to make it happen.

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16 Responses to “Austin makes first catch, first drop, first almost touchdown”
  1. watchfullhose says: Aug 17, 2013 8:55 PM

    Just ask Peter King how great Austin is.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 17, 2013 9:02 PM

    So far Austin has a yard for each draft pick the Rams traded to get him. I think. Double his Wonderlic score, though.

  3. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 17, 2013 9:05 PM

    Maybe you should be writing about Lacy, the one who is playing up to his draft status.

    Running right through and over people.

    Geez, people wondered why I wanted my team to draft him.

  4. fumblenuts says: Aug 17, 2013 9:05 PM

    5 ft ? and a buck 67. Hope he can make it through an entire season?

  5. axespray says: Aug 17, 2013 9:11 PM

    So … I take it that Tramon/Shields/Casey all returned this week?

    Or I’m guessing Davon/Jarrett/Micah actually showed up this week?

  6. mindquad20 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:20 PM

    Austin 3:16 says, “I just dropped a pass”

  7. No.90_DeathStomp_______ says: Aug 17, 2013 9:31 PM

    Weak – this type of news should be reserved only for Megatron.

  8. sirbapalot says: Aug 17, 2013 9:34 PM

    Meanwhile, Ace Sanders is doing everything we thought we’d be hearing about Tavon Austin at this point…Jags got a steal.

  9. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 17, 2013 9:57 PM

    Bust.

  10. dwarftosser says: Aug 17, 2013 10:01 PM

    A couple of things I learned from the first half of tonight’s Packer-Rams game. 1) Micah Hyde > Tavon Austin. 2) Eddie Lacy is the best RB the Packers have had since Ahman Green.

  11. sb34champs says: Aug 17, 2013 10:05 PM

    Haters are gonna hate….guess your team will find out the hard way I guess!!

  12. jrcoop says: Aug 17, 2013 10:57 PM

    No surprise. The NFL talent and speed has turned a lot guys like Austin into kick return specialist.

  13. jessepinkman1199 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:04 PM

    Tavon Austin is the finest athletic specimen ever to grace a football field.

  14. sweetnlow44 says: Aug 18, 2013 12:59 AM

    He had 4 catches for 28 yards on 7 balls thrown his way. Why in the world is this news?

  15. FlashPatterson says: Aug 18, 2013 3:25 AM

    Over. Rated.

  16. seahawksbmx says: Aug 18, 2013 11:47 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I was not happy when the Rams picked Austin. His numbers after a pair of preseason games do not make me breathe a sigh of relief.

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