The St. Louis Rams traded up in the 2013 NFL from 16th to 8th to draft the explosive wide receiver from West Virginia, Tavon Austin. Many draft experts labeled Austin the best talent in the draft, and when he fell to the Rams, who desperately needed a receiver, the fit was labeled perfect.
Through five games, Tavon Austin and the Rams would likely use a different word than perfect to describe their rookie wide out’s production. Austin has hauled in 23 passes to this point for a mere total of 156 yards and two touchdowns. Also a special teams standout at Morgantown, Austin has failed to live up to expectations in that facet as well. On 17 punt return attempts, he averages a minute 3.4 yards, with a long of 14.
After exititng quickly from the Rams locker room on Sunday, the speculation quickly arose that Austin is frustrated with the way that his career has started to this point. However, Austin had offered a different prospective on Wednesday to the Associated Press.
“I definitely was not frustrated. I just got up and I had family outside. I wasn’t frustrated at all. We got the win and that’s all that matters.”
To add fuel to the fire, quarterback Sam Bradford offered this.
“I think if you ask him, he’s probably frustrated. I know that his role here is probably a little bit different than that we pictured and what he was used to at West Virginia.”