5. Tavon Austin, WR #11
I mean seriously! How many years can go by with a guy who has this much talent packed into his tiny little body before he turns into one of the scariest weapons in the NFL? Tavon Austinâ€™s skill set could see him on two different ends. He could be a return specialist and rival the likes of Devin Hester and Dante Hall, or he could become a multi-threat weapon at wide receiver/running back like Darren Sproles. It seems to be the biggest clichÃ© surrounding Rams forums that the Rams didnâ€™t know how to use Austinâ€™s talents. In all fairness though, that is a legitimate argument considering Brian Schottenheimer has never had a player who had a style like Austin. In his rookie season, Austin had one play. Which unfortunately was a run straight up the middle. Not likely that heâ€™s going to truck through NFL sized line backers. In his second season, Austin was used mostly on a sweep from his wide receiver position coming in behind the QB and taking the ball around the edge. It worked out a few times because he has the speed to do it, but when thatâ€™s the only way he gets the ball, the defense quickly catches on and stops it. Well the Rams now have a new Offensive Coordinator that goes by Frank Cignetti. An interesting thing that Cignetti said during a press conference is that the Rams plan on using Tavon Austin in more ways. Before we cast thing young man out and say that he canâ€™t play in this league, letâ€™s see what a different coordinator can do with him. After all, the Rams did move up to grab him. Itâ€™s only fair that we not only give him another offensive coordinator, but also a full season with an actual starting QB. Austin played just 7 games with Sam Bradford. Every receiver on the roster likely saw their production drop with balls being thrown by Kellen Clemens, Shaun Hill, and Austin Davis. With that argument, Iâ€™d say itâ€™s fair to say that all of the St. Louis Ramâ€™s receiver deserve a season with a starting QB before we declare that they canâ€™t help the Rams win.
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