Every team will see some of their best-laid plans from OTAs and training camp not materialize as expected during the season. What they think will work in June goes for naught in September, which brings me to recent words from the Rams about wide receiver Tavon Austin .
After being an incredible bust as a rookie in a season which he was often forgotten, I don't know of many people who are expecting a big improvement from Austin this year. Yet, at least the Rams are trying to be creative with him.
"Moving him around to a lot of different spots," offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said of Austin. "You'll see us hand him the ball, do some different things. He's playing so much faster just because he knows what we're doing. He has the system down cold."
Life as a rookie in the NFL can be brutal, especially when you are expected to contribute right away. There's no doubt that Austin was in over his head at times. He dropped seven passes, which is a very high number when you consider he was targeted just 69 times. But Schottenheimer also did a very poor job of finding ways to get Austin's tremendous speed onto the field consistently. Hopefully that changes, but Austin should be drafted as only a WR4.