The St. Louis Rams traded up in the 2014 NFL Draft to draft Tavon Austin with the eighth-overall pick. However, many Rams fans had grown disgusted with Austin after the first nine weeks of the season due to a surplus of dropped passes. In addition, it was becoming more and more obvious that Austin wasn’t exactly the All-Pro special teams player that St. Louis had hoped he’d be.
That is until a Week 10 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
With 309 all-purpose yards, two receiving touchdowns of at least 50 yards and a 94-yard punt return touchdown, Austin reminded NFL fans across the country of his explosiveness. To say Austin’s three-touchdown day was a surprise would be a total understatement — heading into Week 10, Austin hadn’t even sniffed the end-zone since Week 2 when he scored twice.
More important, Austin’s historic day guided the Rams to an improbable victory over the Colts. Indianapolis now has its fair share of doubters as the ACL injury to Reggie Wayne is looming larger than most thought it would. After scoring a mere eight points on Sunday, it’s safe to say that Andrew Luck will be on a mission once the Colts trek to face the Tennessee Titans on Thursday night.