The expectations were so high for rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin coming into the season that there wasn’t much of a chance for him to meet them.
He had been waiting all season long to make his mark on the NFL. It might have taken him 10 weeks to be the difference-maker the St. Louis Rams had envisioned when they took him eighth in the draft, but his first big game carried the team to victory.
Many of the complaints about him were put aside for this game as Austin struck payday three times. Each touchdown from Austin went for over 55 yards. He joins a pair of NFL legends in Randy Moss and Gale Sayers as rookies that have had three TDs on plays over 55 yards in one game. Those are two names that any player should be happy to mentioned in the same breath with.
Austin’s racked up 314 all-purpose yards on Sunday, which is the second best total of any Rams player in the franchise’s history. After the game, he talked to the press about being patient in waiting for this day to come. Austin said, “I have been fishing for eight weeks, and hopefully it’s my time right now. But if it’s not, I have just got to keep working hard in practice and wait for another time.”
It was an impressive day for the Rams’ rookie wide out as he racked up yards and touchdowns. He was finally able to gross the goal line on a big play without having to see yellow flags littered across the field. The only question that remains is now that he has made the big play, will teams continue to kick to him knowing that he can strike at any time?