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Jeff Fisher: Rams have plans for Tavon Austin we haven’t shown

Jeff Fisher, Tavon Austin

St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher, left, talks to wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) prior to an NFL preseason football game against the Cleveland Browns Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. The Browns won the game, 27-19. (AP Photo/David Richard)


Through three preseason games, Rams rookie Tavon Austin’s entire offensive output consists of five catches for 40 yards. But Rams coach Jeff Fisher says there’s a simple reason for that: The Rams have big plans for Austin that they don’t want to give away.

Fisher told Jim Rome that the versatile Austin will do all kinds of things in the Rams’ offense this season, but there’s no way the Rams are going to give opposing defensive coordinators a look at those things before the games count.

“We have a pretty good idea but we haven’t shown it yet,” Fisher said. “He’s not had a lot of production in the preseason, only because it makes sense to hold those types of things for the regular season.”

Austin returned two punts last week, one for 81 yards and one for 23 yards, and Fisher said those plays were a hint of how much of a threat Austin can be in the open field.

“He did get his hands on a couple punts,,” Fisher said. “You can kind of see the type of ability he has with the ball in his hands.”

We’ll have to wait until the regular season to get a full view of what Austin can do with the ball in his hands.