St. Louis Rams play the waiting game with Tavon Austin

Updated: October 30, 2013

St Louis Rams rookie Tavon Austin was one of the most electrifying players in college football in his time with Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers.  He was one the toughest receivers to cover for any defense.   He was also a very dangerous return specialists who was a threat on any punt or kick return.   He also helped the West Virginia offense become of the most explosive and dangerous offenses in college football.  He was arguably the fastest player in college football who also had the ability to evade defenders and gain yardage after contact. He finished his career with the Mountaineers catching 288 passes for 4, 568 yards and 49 touchdowns.  He also ran the ball for 110 for 1033 yards and six touchdowns averaging 9.4 yards a carry.  Furthermore, he was a First-team All- American and the Big East Specials Teams Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012.


Unfortunately for Tavon Austin, he has struggled in his first season with the St. Louis Rams and has yet to live up to the hype surrounding him.  He has only caught 31 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns on eight games played this season.  He also ran for only 10 yards on four attempts averaging only 2.5 yards per carry.  The 8th overall pick is off to a surprisingly slow start for a Rams offense that desperately needs his contributions.  The Rams have a weak offense which is ranked 20th in the league in passing and 24th in rushing yards per game.  The rookie has a lot of potential and has the talent to take the league by storm.  His is way too talented to not make in impact offensively for the Rams.  As the weeks progress, he is getting less opportunities on the field and spends much more time on the sidelines.  Tavon Austin has to step up for the Rams and realize his potential.


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