As a rookie in St. Louis last season, Tavon Austin showed off some of the big-play abilities that made him a first-round pick, with a 98-yard punt return touchdown, an 81-yard receiving touchdown and a 65-yard rushing touchdown. But considering that the Rams traded up to take Austin with a Top 10 pick, his total offensive production (418 receiving yards and 151 rushing yards) was something of a disappointment.
This year, however, Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is looking to expand Austin’s role.
“Moving him around to a lot of different spots,” Schottenheimer told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You’ll see us hand him the ball, do some different things. He’s playing so much faster just because he knows what we’re doing. He has the system down cold.”
Playing fast enough has never been Austin’s problem. If he’s playing faster this year, and the Rams are planning to put the ball in his hands more, expect even more of those long touchdowns.