The St. Louis Rams traded up to the 8th pick in the 2013 draft to grab Austin. He was the most hyped player coming into the draft showing his electrifying moves and versatility at West Virginia. Austin is very similar to Minnesota’s Patterson in that he can burn you returning kicks, rushing the ball, and catching the ball. Since rookie receivers often don’t make much of an impact, is this second year receiver ready to finally showcase why he was drafted so high by the Rams?
Coming into his second year Austin finally has a grasp of the playbook. He even went as far as saying that last year “Everything looked like Spanish and sounded like Spanish to me.” With a year to finally get up to speed and the return of quarterback Sam Bradford, Austin is on the cusp of having a breakout season with almost no competition around him.
If Austin can keep a consistent level of play, his ceiling can be as high as anyone’s. His week 10 domination of the Indianapolis Colts where he posted 2 receptions for 138 yards and 2 scores shows how much of a playmaker and difference maker he can be. That doesn’t even mention the 98 yard punt return that he took the house in that same game.
Keep an eye out for Austin in training camp and preseason to see if offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer has truly found a way to use Austin to his full potential. With Zac Stacy establishing a good ground game and Sam Bradford’s return, Austin has all the opportunities needed to finally have his breakout year.
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