Jun 17, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) is unable to catch a ball during minicamp at Rams Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams WR Austin ready to take next step

The St. Louis Rams are counting on a much-improved offense this season. They’ve expanded on last year’s efforts to shore up the offensive line and now it appears that Sam Bradford is fully recovered from knee surgery. To add to all that good news, it appears the Rams are ready to unleash the offensive weapon for which they traded an extra second-round pick to acquire at the 2013 NFL draft. Tavon Austin knows the playbook now and he’s ready to produce big numbers for the Rams.

Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer lauded Austin’s work and progress to the St. Louis Dispatch.

“He’s playing so much faster just because he knows what we’re doing. He has the system down cold.” While the young receiver has always possessed the physical gifts necessary for the job, getting ahead of the game mentally is something that the Rams hope can provide a spark for the entire offense.

Tavon Austin had a quiet rookie season in 2013, despite a few eye-popping performances. He totaled 418 receiving yards for 4 touchdowns while adding 151 rushing yards and 1 rushing TD. His big play potential kept him in the spotlight for much of the season, but in general the numbers are pedestrian and the Rams are hoping for more consistency this year.

If the offseason is any indication, and if Sam Bradford is up for the challenge, we can expect just that from Austin.

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