Jeff Fisher: Rams have plans for Tavon Austin we haven’t shown

AP

Through three preseason games, Rams rookie Tavon Austin’s entire offensive output consists of five catches for 40 yards. But Rams coach Jeff Fisher says there’s a simple reason for that: The Rams have big plans for Austin that they don’t want to give away.

Fisher told Jim Rome that the versatile Austin will do all kinds of things in the Rams’ offense this season, but there’s no way the Rams are going to give opposing defensive coordinators a look at those things before the games count.

“We have a pretty good idea but we haven’t shown it yet,” Fisher said. “He’s not had a lot of production in the preseason, only because it makes sense to hold those types of things for the regular season.”

Austin returned two punts last week, one for 81 yards and one for 23 yards, and Fisher said those plays were a hint of how much of a threat Austin can be in the open field.

“He did get his hands on a couple punts,,” Fisher said. “You can kind of see the type of ability he has with the ball in his hands.”

We’ll have to wait until the regular season to get a full view of what Austin can do with the ball in his hands.

58 responses to “Jeff Fisher: Rams have plans for Tavon Austin we haven’t shown

  1. Well I hope Fisher hid a thing or two planned for the regular season…which can’t start soon enough.

    They need to be able to run the ball. Richardson better be the answer because the other two can’t seem to get going.

  2. smh35 says:
    Aug 27, 2013 9:28 AM

    As a Rams fan, I don’t remember the last time I’ve been this excited for a season to start.
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    You will be disappointed.

  3. This kid is nothing special. I will predict something now.

    Dexter McCluster of the Chiefs will have a better offensive season than Austin

  4. This team is on the upswing. If you look at the offense Austin is too fast to be covered, Givens is too fast to stop on the deep routes plus he has been working on his route running, and Jared Cook is tall and very fast so it’s pretty difficult for LB’s to cover him on seam routes. The only potential concerns are the running game and if the O-line can finally keep Bradford upright.

  5. This is all good, bc practice is the same as game speed and rookies don’t need to get many touches in the preseason, right?

    Please. This is just further proof of why Jeff fisher is one of the most overrated coaches of the last 15 years.

    Someone that arrogant wouldn’t have a clue as to how to bring a rookie along. It’s only a matter of time before he starts insinuating that Austin is a head case.

  6. no team is gonna show anything in the preseason anyway! I know nothing should change his name to I know NOTHING!!!

  7. As a Seahawks fan it is easy to get caught up in how good the team currently is. We can’t forget that the Rams and the Cards aren’t just going to lay down and take it this season. They both pose a legitimate threat. I hope Pete Carrol realizes this. I think he does. I hope Harbough underestimates the crap out of both of those teams and gets spanked in the NFCW.

    BEST DIVISION IN THE LEAGUE!

  8. therealtrenches says:
    Aug 27, 2013 9:58 AM

    Someone that arrogant wouldn’t have a clue as to how to bring a rookie along. It’s only a matter of time before he starts insinuating that Austin is a head case.
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    I thought all of the bitter Vince Young fans knew they should probably pipe down after he couldn’t earn a starting job in Philly or Buffalo, in spite of his God-given ability.

  9. That return against the broncos shows how electric he can be. cant wait to see what fisher has planned. by the way i accidently hit report on a couple comments when i was trying to like/dislike. sorry.

  10. greyhawk9 says:Aug 27, 2013 10:40 AM

    Seahawks = not scared

    Niners = not scared

    Bradford = overrated bum

    Rams = overhyped as usual

    Seahawks-Lost to the Rams once last year

    Niners- Lost to the Rams once last year

    Bradford- Who exactly “overrates him”?

    Rams- Hasn’t had a winning season in a decade so how are they “over hyped as usual”?

    Nice try though buddy!

  11. Yes! The old built in excuse that we are just waiting to showcase him! This guy is ahead of the curve I tell you. Seahawks are the best team in that division and the 49ers take a huge step back this year to mediocrity again after a couple decent years. Rams are a joke and Arizona has a little ways to go.

    MOST OVERRATED DIVISION IN FOOTBALL!

  12. I read the article seeing if Fisher was crying about another preseason announcer saying something bad about Austin. Fisher, you big baby.

  13. sourdoughsam says:

    “I thought all of the bitter Vince Young fans knew they should probably pipe down after he couldn’t earn a starting job in Philly or Buffalo, in spite of his God-given ability.”

    I wasn’t even thinking of VY.

    What I had in mind: I know very well a mid-round draftee of Fisher’s. The dude *couldn’t wait* to get away from Fish because of what a full blown prick he is with rookies. All he did was show up on time, work hard, keep a stiff upper lip and do his best to contribute. And all he got in return was grief from Fish. He rode pine for most of his rookie contract and has caught on with someone else now. And guess what? He’s a contributing rotation guy there, playing better than he ever has, and his contributions are appreciated.

    My opinion of Fisher is skewed as a result of this, not objective for sure. I hope you can understand why.

  14. Tavon Austin = Desean Jackson not so much Percy Harvin. I see him having a good first 2 years but after that being lost in translation. I picked him up in my fantasy draft so I hope he makes it. Although its doubtful. Here is hoping for a fantasy stud and nothing else for u rams!!!

  15. Let me guess – they are going to use him as a kicker??

    Since if they are talking about using him as a option tailback in a wishbone shotgun – I think we all knew that was coming.

  16. A lot of people need to throw away their 2010 NFL Preview magazines.

    Rams tied for lead in sacks in 2012 and were significantly improved on defense. They added a good LT and upgraded RT with Safford moving over. Starting OL has played well in preaseason. They’ve obviously upgraded WR and TE. Bailey who no one is talking about really looks good and Givens looks ready to breakout. With a tough schedule this year their record improvement may not match the jump they made in 2012 but they’ll be adding 2 1st rd draft picks in 2014. Rams will be very dangerous by next year.

  17. gdive says:
    Aug 27, 2013 11:58 AM
    A lot of people need to throw away their 2010 NFL Preview magazines.

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    Jake Long was an upgrade but not a good one. Had he been worth keeping the Dolphins would have done as much. He’ll get eaten up in a division loaded with elite D-line talent to the likes he never saw with in Miami.

    Your running backs are…….who exactly? Nobody is stepping up in replace of Jackson.

    Tavon is ONLY useful IF he can get to true open space. Getting him there will be a whole different issue if he takes a few NFL licks (of which he never had at WV). Yeah, he’s quick like a humming bird….but bread crumbs can paralyze a humming bird in one shot.

    Get all excited about Cook all you want……two of the best l’backers in the game are in SF and regularly will cover WRs. Cook isn’t an issue.

    Yes, the RAMS defense will be good. In fact I took them in my fantasy league. They’re young, well -coached and have talent. Likely a Top-5 right along with Seattle and SF and possibly AZ.

  18. After watching every game he played at WVU I can tell you this…
    He has blistering speed, stop to full speed in an instant, the ability to avoid the big hit, never left a game with an injury, good but not great hands (Stedman Bailey owns that title), a great attitude, and Stoops (Oklahoma) says he’s the best all around football player he’s ever seen.

  19. Fisher so favors the veterans, whether they can play or not. it was obvious in TN during his 16 years there. He is as stubborn as they come.

  20. What I had in mind: I know very well a mid-round draftee of Fisher’s. The dude *couldn’t wait* to get away from Fish because of what a full blown prick he is with rookies. All he did was show up on time, work hard, keep a stiff upper lip and do his best to contribute. And all he got in return was grief from Fish. He rode pine for most of his rookie contract and has caught on with someone else now. And guess what? He’s a contributing rotation guy there, playing better than he ever has, and his contributions are appreciated.

    Sure you do, so who is this great friend of yours you claim to know. Also, amybe you should realize that Fisher doesn’t have to play anybody that doesnt earn that spot. Maybe your friend wasn’t producing on the practice field. You want to sit there and bash Fisher who has coached for many years in the NFL becuase of numerous reasons

  21. chiadam says:
    Aug 27, 2013 1:10 PM
    WAIT!!! You mean teams don’t empty out the playbook in preseason?? Now it all feels like a waste of time..
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    It’s the way it has always been done by all the teams forever. You don’t want to show all the teams what you have for plays before the regular season has started. It’s not rocket science.

  22. MostlyRight says: Aug 27, 2013 12:22 PM

    Fitz > Austin

    For that matter, Michael Floyd > Austin
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    Lol Chris Givens(4th round draft pick) had a better year than Michael Floyd and he didn’t have Larry Fitzgerald to take coverage away from him. Chris Givens > Lance Kendricks > Michael Floyd

  23. sampsonswag01 says: Aug 27, 2013 12:32 PM Jake Long was an upgrade but not a good one. Had he been worth keeping the Dolphins would have done as much. He’ll get eaten up in a division loaded with elite D-line talent to the likes he never saw with in Miami.

    Your running backs are…….who exactly? Nobody is stepping up in replace of Jackson.

    Tavon is ONLY useful IF he can get to true open space. Getting him there will be a whole different issue if he takes a few NFL licks (of which he never had at WV). Yeah, he’s quick like a humming bird….but bread crumbs can paralyze a humming bird in one shot.

    Get all excited about Cook all you want……two of the best l’backers in the game are in SF and regularly will cover WRs. Cook isn’t an issue.

    Yes, the RAMS defense will be good. In fact I took them in my fantasy league. They’re young, well -coached and have talent. Likely a Top-5 right along with Seattle and SF and possibly AZ.
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    1. Jake Long went against Cameron Wake every day at practice in Miami so I don’t think he’ll have a problem.

    2. Our running backs are Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson, Look em’ up and you’ll see what they can do.

    3. Tavon is going to replace Danny Amendola in the slot and for some reason everybody had problems covering him(Amendola) and Tavon is faster, more durable and more talented than he is.

    4. Cook is 6’5″ 248 and runs a 4.4, Willis & Bowman are really good run defenders but unless they can back pedal like a corner and cover him one-on-one out wide then Cook is putting up big numbers because he’s not gonna put his hand in the dirt every play like Lance Kendricks does.

  24. im sorry what did fitzgerald do last year? oh i remember grab janoris jenkins facemask. its almost as if the people who wanted there teams to draft austin are now putting him down. also michael floyd in no way better than austin. not saying hes terrible but not better.

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