For the second week in a row, St. Louis Rams receiver Austin Pettis looks to be emerging as a top-three receiving threat in the Rams’ offense, as he is third on the team in receptions with 13, tied for most on the team in touchdowns at two, and is fourth on the team in receiving yards with 114. But probably the most important stat of all is that Pettis is tied for second on the team with tight end Jared Cook with 22 passes thrown his way.
I personally picked him up in my league, and he was claimed on the waiver wire by some else at first. He’s certainly gaining attention these days, and scored the only touchdown the Rams had all day in Week 3.
Rams’ quarterback Sam Bradford is currently eighth in the NFL in passing yards at 891. So it seems the passing game is picking up, which will obviously in turn give Pettis more opportunities. The question is, however, how much of the production of Pettis over the last two week is real, and how much should we really expect? After all, the most yards Pettis has had in a season since entering the NFL is 261 in 2012.
I personally believe that Thursday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers will be a tell all-book on how Pettis will be used in the Rams’ offense from here on out. The Rams don’t have a running back who has rushed for over 100 yards total this year, so it almost feels like now or never for Pettis.
If Pettis explodes in this game, you know what to do.