Tavon Austin could mature into the best Ram since Kurt Warner.
With St. Louis Rams offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer designing plays, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen says rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin will be used “to the max” in 2013.
Also taking snaps at running back during organized team activities, the 22-year-old Austin allegedly didn’t let a ball hit the ground “all offseason.”
Taken eighth overall out of West Virginia, Austin averaged a remarkable 9.5 yards per carry for 1,031 yards and six scores over four seasons in Morgantown.
A two-time First-team All-American, the 5-foot-9, 174 pound Austin also caught 288 pigskins for 3,413 yards and 29 touchdowns.
An electric presence on the gridiron capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, the former Mountaineer should be a nightmare to defend.
Working with solid tight end Jared Cook, and serviceable receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens, quarterback Sam Bradford will have plenty of weapons to target this autumn.
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 thrive in the “Rome of the West.”
Provided Brian Schottenheimer properly utilizes the quasi midget “to the max,” Tavon Austin may become the Rams version of Percy Harvin or Randall Cobb.