Torry Holt bothered by Tavon Austin’s ‘very quiet’ camp

Suffice it to say, Tavon Austin has yet to live up to expectations.

Austin — the No. 8 overall pick in 2013 — is coming off a disappointing rookie campaign that was marred by drops and ineffective route running. He blamed his struggles on not knowing the Rams’ playbook, which to him looked and sounded like Spanish.

Seemingly out of excuses, Austin continues to look ineffective (read: invisible) in training camp this summer. And it’s not sitting too well with Torry Holt, who called out the struggling second-year receiver.

“Tavon Austin has been very quiet this camp, and I thought he was quiet the other night,” Holt said on The Edmonds and McKernan Show on Tuesday. “And for a guy who was picked 8th overall, it’s bothering me he’s been so quiet up to this point.”

The former longtime Rams wideout, Holt now works as the team’s color analyst, frequently attending camp practices. What he’s seen thus far leads him to believe Austin’s “biggest impact” won’t be on offense.

“What it looks like, what is sound like, he’ll make his biggest impact on special teams,” Holt said. “I know fans don’t necessarily wanna hear that, I really don’t wanna hear that, particularly with a guy being picked 8th overall at the receiver position.”

Blessed with blazing 4.27 wheels, Austin averaged 22.1 yards per kick return last season. His special teams highlight came on a 98-yard punt return touchdown in which he simply ran untouched past defenders. Austin’s offensive usage was less productive, however, as he caught just 40 passes for 418 yards despite seeing many snaps in the Rams’ spread attack.

With St. Louis returning to a run-first offense in 2014, Holt questions whether Austin is a good scheme fit. It’s too early to make any determinations, but the pressure is quickly mounting for the diminutive 23-year-old.

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  • Joseph Devito

    Tavon Austen is clearly one of Fisher’s mistakes. A first round pick who cost us a second rounder to get… he is not a number 1 type wideout. At best he is a very good situational player. Despite having a bunch a extra picks from the Washington trade, fisher has failed to bring in an impact wide receiver that this team so desperately needs…And Kenny Britt is not the answer.

    • steve

      your wrong the rams have a hell of a lot problems but tavon isn’t one of them the coaches are at fault!

  • steve

    give tavon some more time,he does what the coaches tells him to do. Its the coaches fault not tavons if the coaches don’t no how to use him and I don’t understand why! ,tavon is not going to run between the tackles and our qb cant throw it deep.when tavon has a step watch out they need to use him when he is running mis direction plays across the middle they haven’t done that yet