St. Louis Rams playmaker Tavon Austin said Wednesday that his rookie year was a “pretty big adjustment.”
The 23-year-old Austin, who St. Louis selected eighth overall out of West Virginia, caught 40 balls for 418 yards and four touchdowns in 2013.
A two-time First-Team All-American, Austin also carried the pigskin nine times for 151 yards and a score.
Austin, who can complete the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, should be a nightmare to defend.
However, even when aligned in four-wide packages, Austin struggled and dropped six passes in the first five games.
As a unit, St. Louis fielded the 21st ranked attack and finished in the basement of the NFC West at 7-9.
To remain competitive with the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks, Jeff Fisher and Brian Schottenheimer must find creative ways to get Austin involved.
With Sam Bradford returning to the gridiron, the 5-foot-9, 174-pound speedster is capable of becoming one of the league’s most dangerous weapons.
In contrast to last autumn, if properly utilized by Fisher and Schottenheimer, opposing teams will need to make a “pretty big adjustment” to slow Tavon Austin.by