St. Louis Rams fans are smiling from ear to ear after a 30-point victory against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday. The Rams came out blazing and never looked back. The biggest surprise of the game was the break out performance of rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Mr. Austin, welcome to the National Football League
The young rookie finished the game racking up 310 all-purpose yards. It was something many in St. Louis have been waiting for. Many had become accustomed to seeing this type of explosiveness during his time in West Virginia. Instead, the rookie led the Rams in dropped passes, but easily made everyone forget about it quickly. Not only did Austin show his breakaway speed running routes; he also showed his elusiveness on a 98-yard punt return in the second quarter.
For all Rams fans it is a sigh of relief that Austin can be a big part of the offense. For many weeks now, many were starting to wonder if Austin was going to be a first round bust. The rookie himself admitted that the NFL was a lot more then he expected. Austin previously had shown some flashes of brilliance on special teams, but had one of his returns called back on a penalty.
Now that he has shown St. Louis Rams fans that he could contribute on offense, is it realistic for the Rams faithful to expect this week in and week out? Was his 310 all-purpose yard performance just a flash in the pan? Will he be able to build off this performance in the weeks to come?
In the past two seasons the Rams have had their fair share of break out performance from their recently acquired weapons. It was around this time last season that Rams wide receiver Chris Givens was starting to make a name for himself in the league. Running back Daryl Richardson also showed Rams fans he was a contributing back last season. In the first game of this season, tight end Jared Cook had a break out game that made everyone believe he was worth every penny of his new contract.
All three of those names listed above have had a minimal role in the offense this season. If Austin’s name does not want to get added to a list, the Rams coaching staff need to continue to develop him. They will need to find creative ways for him to get involved. The young rookie also needs to do his part and not drop so many passes. If Tavon Austin does not want to go down as a first round bust, he will need to put in the work and have more breakout games like he did against the Colts. Only time will tell if the 5-foot-8 receiver can truly play in the NFL.
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