In the game of football, it takes a special skill set to have the ability to hit a home run every time a player touches the ball. To put that fear into an opponent that their pants could fall off with one special juke move. To make opposing coaches change game plans just at the mere thought of one player making a game-changing play.
The St. Louis Rams drafted Tavon Austin to be that one special home threat. The one guy that can make everyone miss in the open field.
On Saturday night in the Rams third preseason game of the year, Austin gave opposing coaches reason to alter their game plans.
Austin was hardly involved in the Rams offense, touching the ball just one time on a pass from Sam Bradford that went for 12 yards.
But Austin touched the ball one time before the Rams offense every took the field and showed everyone why he can be so dangerous with a dazzling 81-yard punt return. It was the type of play that can change a game. It was a home run. It was something that this team has not had for a really long time.
Austin’s work in the punt return game was not done there, he returned another in the second quarter for a 23-yard gain and if he has not already solidified himself as one of the more feared punt returners in the game, I do not know what else he needs to do.
I know, I know, it is only preseason. But Week 3 of the preseason is usually when most teams try to go out and win with their starters and it certainly looked like the Broncos wanted to win Peyton Manning played all of the first half and had the Broncos offense ramped up, which showed they wanted to win. The Broncos even played suspended linebacker Von Miller with the first team throughout the first half even though he will miss the team’s first six games.
Austin looked fast. He looked fearless. He looked dangerous and other teams should take note. The Rams have a weapon on special teams.
Eventually, you would like to think that Austin would get involved in the offense more too. Bradford will have to look this kids way often because he does not need much room to make something big happen.
It only takes one for a guy like Tavon Austin to score.
On Saturday, Rams fans saw just one glimpse of what should be many more explosive plays from the little guy out of West Virginia.
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