“Now that (they) know what he’s capable of,” St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher plans to use Tavon Austin more frequently in 2014.
The 23-year-old Austin, who St. Louis took eighth overall out of West Virginia last spring, caught 40 balls for 418 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
A two-time First-Team All-American, Austin also carried the pigskin nine times for 151 yards and a score.
Austin, a 5-foot-9, 174-pound playmaker who plans to “put on a couple more pounds” this offseason, will benefit from Sam Bradford’s return.
An electric presence on the gridiron capable of completing the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds, Austin should be a nightmare to defend.
However, even when aligned in four-wide packages, Austin struggled because his colleagues underperformed.
Accordingly, 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, Brian Schottenheimer must find creative ways to get Austin involved.
If properly utilized by Fisher and Schottenheimer, Tavon Austin is “capable of” becoming one of the league’s most dangerous weapons.by