Tavon Austin said Wednesday that the St. Louis Rams’ playbook “looked like Spanish” last year.
Austin, who St. Louis selected eighth overall out of West Virginia, caught 40 balls for 418 yards and four touchdowns as a rookie.
A two-time First-Team All-American, Austin also rushed nine times for 151 yards and a score.
“I didn’t really know what was going on,” said Austin, 23, who recorded a 7 on his 2013 Wonderlic test. “Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me.”
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.
Peculiarly, despite claiming to fully grasp Schottenheimer’s system, Austin is expected to only lineup sporadically in sub-packages.
Granted, intelligent athletes often thrive more than headless ballplayers.
Regardless, in “Spanish” or English, Austin is a dynamic threat with a pigskin in his hands.
If properly utilized and taught what is “going on,” Tavon Austin will demonstrate his skills this autumn in The Show Me State.by