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Tavon Austin says game has slowed down for him

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The Rams didn’t draft a wide receiver last month and their only veteran free agent move was to give Kenny Britt a chance to rebound from a lost season in Tennessee.

Despite underwhelming results from last year’s corps and the lack of new additions, coach Jeff Fisher says he doesn’t consider it a gamble to go with his current group of receivers. One reason for that may be Tavon Austin’s feeling that the game is starting to slow down for him after a rocky transition to the professional ranks last year.

“It’s all about getting comfortable,” Austin said, via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “It was a pretty big adjustment for me at first. The playbook was different. The speed of the game was different. I eventually caught on and the game settled down.”

The Rams want to attack teams on the ground this season, but that won’t be possible if defenses don’t feel any threat from their passing game. Austin, Chris Givens, Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and, once he’s back from suspension, Stedman Bailey have all been drafted in recent years to provide that threat but the results have not been up to par.

Austin had 40 catches for 418 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie, with two of the scores coming in a victory over the Colts that also saw him score on a punt return touchdown to further show off the explosiveness that made him a first-round pick. More of that would be a good start for the Rams offense as they try to move their passing game forward in 2014.

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10 Responses to “Tavon Austin says game has slowed down for him”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2014 3:27 PM

    The game slowed down to let Tavon catch up. “Come on, slowpoke, we don’t got all day…”.

  2. 80sbroncofan says: Jun 11, 2014 3:36 PM

    Vontae Davis is still having nightmares about this guy.

  3. computojon says: Jun 11, 2014 3:46 PM

    Tavon Austin was the #8 pick in the draft, and the Rams had traded up to get him. But they kept him on the sidelines most of the time. Either put the guy on the field, or admit that you shouldn’t have drafted him. I’d much prefer the first option.

  4. DrSteveBrule says: Jun 11, 2014 3:57 PM

    Austin’s Wonderlic Score: 7 out of 50.

    NFL offenses are very complicated. Brian Schottenheimer coaches an offense where the QB is making a lot of changes at the line and the rest of the offense needs to be smart enough to pick up those calls.

  5. fballguy says: Jun 11, 2014 4:12 PM

    The guys going to be a monster. When he didn’t know what what he was doing, he scored 6 times, four of which were 50 yards or longer. That doesn’t include the 60 yard TD catch against the Panthers and 85 yard PR TD against the Cowboys that were called back.

    Can’t wait to see what he does this year. We was really coming on last year when he sprained his ankle.

  6. schmitty2 says: Jun 11, 2014 4:15 PM

    He also had 3 td’s called back because of penalties. He had hands of stone on many occasions but the real problem as usual is Schottenheimer and horribly predictable conservative playcalling.

  7. watchfullhose says: Jun 11, 2014 4:41 PM

    Looks like Bernie Kosar was right…..AGAIN.

  8. garyhd01 says: Jun 11, 2014 6:18 PM

    bernie kosar has never been right, or was it him that said alcohol can screw up a mans prospective!! tavon like bailey when he returns should have better than average years , which causes defenses to game plan for them a plus all around.

  9. musketmaniac says: Jun 11, 2014 6:23 PM

    He was fun to watch live in college.

  10. shutdaup says: Jun 11, 2014 8:46 PM

    Austin sucks!!!

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