Tavon Austin finally pays off for Rams with some long touchdowns

Frank Schwab
November 10, 2013

This is what the Rams had in mind when they took receiver Tavon Austin with the eighth pick of this year's draft.

Austin is small, but he's lightning fast. And he showed that off in the first half against the Colts.

On a punt return, Austin looked like he was going to let it go out of bounds, but at the last moment he snatched the ball and took off. Austin worked his way up the sideline, getting some blocks, and went in for a 98-yard touchdown.

That return alone made Austin's return a success, but he wasn't done. Austin hauled in a 57-yard touchdown later in the half to give the Rams a shocking 28-0 lead at Indianapolis. He had just 207 receiving yards for the season before Sunday.

Austin scored just two touchdowns in his first nine career games and hadn't had much of an impact. He showed up in a big way for the Rams on Sunday, who would be smart to keep finding ways to get him the ball.

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Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdowncorner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!