Jeff Fisher could see Tavon Austin catching 100 passes this year

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Last season, Rams receiver Tavon Austin caught a career-high 52 passes. This season, coach Jeff Fisher is expecting a whole lot more than that.

Fisher told the team’s website that he’s expecting opposing defenses to put their focus on stopping running back Todd Gurley, and that could open things up in the passing game to the point where Austin could top 100 catches this season.

“When it’s all said and done, we’re going to look back and, I think, see Tavon maybe doubling the number of catches he had last year,” Fisher said.

That sounds like wishful thinking, but if Austin can emerge as a true No. 1 receiver for the Rams, that would go a long way toward making rookie quarterback Jared Goff comfortable. Making sure Goff is in position to succeed is the Rams’ top priority, and Austin will be a big part of that.

58 responses to “Jeff Fisher could see Tavon Austin catching 100 passes this year

  1. Yards matter way more with this guy than catches you can feed him 8 bubble screens a game, if you can’t get him in position to catch some drags and outrun the corner it won’t matter.

  2. “Here’s my actual gameplan philosophy going into the coming season!” – No coach ever throughout history

  3. 100 catches? When did the league expand the schedule to 28 weeks?

  4. Ahhh I love this time of year don’t you? You know what I’m talking about….that little sweet spot right after the NFL draft & rookie minicamps, during OTA’s, but before training camp and preseason….every team in the league is 0-0 and optimism is running wild….the thought is “hey, this could be OUR year”…Every team and it’s fan base having visions of hoisting the Lombardi….every QB dreaming of 5,000 and 70 tds, every WR fantasizing about 200 catches, and every back is going to rush for 2500 yds….yeah…love this time of year…

    Then September comes…

  5. Being a Rams fan I can tell you that based on the offense they had last year Austin could catch passes on 3 straight plays and still not get a first down.

  6. i think jeff fisher is a way better coach than given credit for. dude knows how to draft and build a dominant defense. he is also prepared, and calm. see: homerun throwback. because the titans practiced it, it was still executed, even though the ball was kicked short, to Wycheck. yes, the play was in fact designed for a full length kickoff. He has also been to an SB.

    granted some of these things were a while ago, but i think with a competent qb, the Rams will be in plenty of games for Zeurlein to blow.

  7. I watched Tavon several years and he does not have the hands or the downfield awareness to catch that many passes consistently. He will be fine on bubble screens but once the defense jambs that he is left to trick plays……assuming he can stay healthy due to size. Jeff Fisher is the constant “tell the fans what they want to here”. It covers up his record and ability!

    Question: How can you tell when Jeff is lying? His lips are moving!

  8. “Jeff Fisher could see Tavon Austin catching 100 passes this year”

    What team are they trading him to?

  9. Fisher should be a well paid defensive coordinator

    He should have been done with head coaching at least a couple years ago.

  10. When your small handed rookie qb can only throw 3 yard or less passes then yes Tavon could have that many catches. 100 catches for 563 yards.

  11. This kid Austin is a human highlight film. Jeff Fisher has been around for a long time and he’s only been a winner when he had a good QB (Steve McNair). Frankly, you can pretty much say the same thing about most coaches throughout NFL history. Although many are great coaches, they really only win when they have great QBs. Guess what? Fisher finally has another good QB. These Rams are very young and will be very exciting. This team will hit L.A. like a storm. I’d start buying tickets right now. If you have a minute, google Tavon Austin high school highlights. Or see him at West Virginia vs. Oklahoma.

  12. Right, because WRs do so, so well in Jeff Fisher’s system. Right.

  13. Look and see the last time Jeff Fisher had a WR catch 100 passes. You’ll be looking a while.

  14. This, coming from a guy that actually believed in Nick Foles and Sam Bradford?

    Not to mention, a guy who named inept men like Frank Cignetti, Brian Schottenheimer, and Rob Boras to offensive coordinator and threw two of them under the bus to cover his arrogant behind?

  15. This, coming from a guy that actually believed in Nick Foles and Sam Bradford?

    Not to mention, a guy who named inept men like Frank Cignetti, Brian Schottenheimer, and Rob Boras to offensive coordinator and threw two of them under the bus to cover his arrogant behind?

    Stan Kroenke made a mistake to keep Fisher, but is only doing so because he’s spineless to Fisher’s agent and the team president’s father Marvin Demoff. Demoff is running this whole team, and with his son and Fisher, he’s running it into one place, the ground.

  16. Rams are the team to beat in the NFC west. Los Angeles is now the premiere destination for NFL free agents and will only become more attractive when the New Stadium is built. The weather, the culture, the media opportunities, Los Angeles is now King. Rams are in a competitive advantage against the rest of the NFL. Get used to it NFL fans, you’re all in second tier NFL cities now.

  17. Being a Rams fan I can tell you that based on the offense they had last year Austin could catch passes on 3 straight plays and still not get a first down.
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    That is an indictment on the offensive play calls not on Tavon Austin. The worst thing that could possibly happen to Tavon Austin is landing on a team that didn’t know how to call plays for him. Unfortunately for him that is the Rams. How in the world any WR was able to catch 50 passes from Foles and all the other QBs on that roster I don’t understand. Foles couldn’t hit the ocean if he were standing on the beach!!!

  18. Whatever Goff turns out to be down the road, he’s a rookie starting QB in the NFC West. That’s going to be tough.

  19. Unless he is throwing the ball to himself that won’t happen on that team that still doesn’t have a QB with any real talent.

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