Electric Rams rookie Tavon Austin certainly won’t be ‘vanilla’ in the ‘Rome of the West’


Although a quasi midget, Tavon Austin will menace NFL defenses.

ESPN blogger Nick Wagoner believes the St. Louis Rams were purposely “vanilla” with Tavon Austin in preseason games and the team actually has “big plans” for the dynamic rookie in 2013.

Taken eighth overall out of West Virginia, the 22-year-old Austin recorded only eight receptions for 66 yards without a rushing attempt this summer.

Considering Austin will work on special teams as a punt returner, and play wide receiver and running back in Brian Schottenheimer’s offense, it’s safe to predict that Wagoner is correct.

A two-time First-Team All-American, Austin averaged a remarkable 9.5 yards per carry for 1,031 yards and six scores over four seasons in Morgantown.

The 5-foot-9, 174 pound Austin also caught 288 pigskins for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns as a Mountaineer.

An electric presence on the gridiron capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, Austin should be a nightmare to defend.

Teaming with solid tight end Jared Cook, and serviceable receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, quarterback Sam Bradford will have plenty of weapons to target.

Possibly of greater importance, opponents won’t be able to strictly focus on stopping Austin when set in a four-wide package.

Removed from a third place finish in the NFC West, the Rams (7-8-1) badly need Austin to prosper in the “Rome of the West.”

Ultimately, Tavon Austin will be anything but “vanilla” in the Rams’ attack this autumn.

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