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Rams’ plan for Tavon Austin: Get him the ball as often as we can

Tavon Austin

St. Louis Rams first round draft pick Tavon Austin catches a pass during NFL rookie football training camp Friday, May 10, 2013, at the Rams’ training facility in St. Louis. Austin, a wide receiver from West Virginia, was selected eighth overall in the 2013 NFL draft. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)


When the Rams traded up to take West Virginia’s Tavon Austin with the eighth overall pick in the NFL draft, the only question was what his primary role would be in St. Louis: Will he be their No. 1 receiver? Take handoffs out of the backfield? Handle punt and kickoff returns?

Rams coach Jeff Fisher would love the answer to be all of the above.

“We’re going to try to get the ball to him as often as we can, however we do that,” Fisher said.

The Rams see Austin as a uniquely talented player, a player who has such versatility that he could be the Rams’ leading receiver in one game, their leading rusher in another game, and score a touchdown on special teams in another game.

“He’s very talented. We drafted him because he’s got receiver skills, run skills, return skills. We think we can use him in all those areas,” Fisher said.

Austin said he realizes the Rams are expecting a lot of him.

“There are high expectations for me because I went No. 8, but at the same time when I come in here I just try to have fun, do all the things I can do,” Austin said. “The No. 1 thing is just to make some plays.”

Fisher sees Austin making a lot of plays.