Person of Interest: Rams’ Tavon Austin

Oct 23, 2013, 11:00 PM | Updated: 11:20 pm

By Danny O’Neil

“Person of Interest” is a weekly feature in which we put the microscope on one player from the Seahawks’ upcoming opponent. This week, it’s St. Louis’ Tavon Austin.

17740180
Tavon Austin was the eighth overall pick this year and the first receiver taken. (AP)

Vitals

• Position: Rams’ new toy, still in original packaging
• Height: 5-8
• Weight: 176
• Age: 22
• Experience: Rookie season.

The storyline

Austin was the fastest player at the NFL’s annual scouting combine, and it was St. Louis’ belief he could improve their offense. Quickly. That’s the reason the Rams traded up in the first round, giving up their second-round pick to move up from No. 16 to No. 8 to select Austin and give quarterback Sam Bradford a home-run threat.

Well, the player who was supposed to help St. Louis take that next step is who best explains why the Rams ended up taking a step back. Austin has caught 29 passes, which not only leads his team, but is the most among all rookies.

However, he’s averaging 6.8 yards on those receptions, which would be great if we’re talking about rushing but is positively pedestrian in terms of passing. Austin hasn’t caught a pass of more than 25 yards and has scored two touchdowns. All that was before Bradford was hurt, suffering a season-ending knee injury and leaving Kellen Clemens in charge of the offense.

The Rams’ offense has kept this team from taking the next step as only the Bucs and Jags are averaging fewer yards per game than St. Louis, which is 0-4 when it scores fewer than 25 points. But the best example of St. Louis’ struggles on offense is the unfulfilled potential of Austin.

He has been so underused that he was on the field for three offensive plays – yep, just three – in the team’s victory over Houston.

Brock and Salk podcast

Brock and Salk

UW Huskies Michael Penix Jr...
Brandon Gustafson

What does the future hold for UW Huskies QB Michael Penix Jr.?

Should star UW Huskies QB Michael Penix Jr. go pro or return to Washington in 2023? Brock Huard and Mike Salk have very different opinions.
1 day ago
Seahawks Pete Carroll...
Brandon Gustafson

Pete Carroll Show Takeaways: Areas where Seahawks must get better

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll broke down Seattle's OT loss to Vegas on Seattle Sports, including recent struggles at the line of scrimmage.
1 day ago
Seahawks Tre Brown...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: What Tre Brown brings to the Seahawks’ cornerback room

Tre Brown, a 2021 fourth-round pick, could see his first action of 2022 for the Seahawks on Sunday against the Raiders following recovery from a knee injury.
3 days ago
Apple Cup 2021...
SeattleSports.com Staff

Podcast: Apple Cup preview with CFB analysts Michael Bumpus, Brock Huard

Listen to Brock Huard of FOX Sports and Michael Bumpus of Pac-12 Network break down Saturday's big Apple Cup between the WSU Cougars and No. 12 UW Huskies.
4 days ago
UW Huskies...
Brandon Gustafson

UW Huskies HC Kalen DeBoer talks new contract, Apple Cup, much more

Fresh off receiving a new contract, UW Huskies HC Kalen DeBoer joined Brock and Salk to discuss the deal, the Apple Cup and more.
6 days ago
Apple Cup UW Huskies WSU Cougars...
Brandon Gustafson

Huard: The biggest matchup to watch for between UW and WSU in Apple Cup

When the Huskies travel to Pullman for the Apple Cup vs WSU, Brock Huard is keeping a close eye on UW's edge rushers vs the Cougars' O-line.
7 days ago
Person of Interest: Rams’ Tavon Austin