St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford isn’t to blame for rookie Tavon Austin’s struggles

With Sam Bradford under center, Tavon Austin leads the Rams in receptions.

One NFL executive claims St. Louis Rams rookie Tavon Austin has struggled because quarterback Sam Bradford is “inaccurate.”

Taken first overall in 2010, the 25-year-old Bradford has tossed 13 scores, against three interceptions, for 1,432 yards over six games.

Despite posting solid stats, the former Sooner has completed a mediocre 59.5% of his 232 attempts.

Accordingly, chosen eighth out of West Virginia, the 22-year-old Austin has only caught 24 passes for 159 yards and two touchdowns.

“Little receivers don’t work with inaccurate quarterbacks,” said the executive. “You can get away with those guys if you have Brees or Brady. Of course, you can get away with a lot with those guys.”

Being a pinpoint passer is absolutely critical and Bradford’s been borderline erratic in defeats to the Cowboys, Falcons and 49ers.

However, the 2010 AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year has primarily played well and Austin deserves blame for dropping six balls.

Sitting at 3-3 in the brutal NFC West, Bradford is also targeting tight end Jared Cook and receivers Austin Pettis, Brian Quick and Chris Givens in a four-wide package designed by coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

Plus, Schottenheimer’s been calling more runs lately and the 5-foot-9, 174 pound Austin has only carried the pigskin four times for 10 yards.

A two-time First-Team All-American, Austin’s explosiveness can’t be denied after four seasons in Morgantown.

Like the phenomenal majority of signal-callers, Bradford isn’t “Brees or Brady.”

Regardless, Sam Bradford has absolutely produced and shouldn’t be faulted for Tavon Austin’s troubles as a newcomer to the league.

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