The 2014 record breaking winter and the Rams Offseason have overstayed their welcome! Bring on Spring already! Bring on the draft already!
Lost in a maelstrom of mock drafts, free agency and cut players, Austin has been placed on a slide like a dubious bacterium, and taciturnly examined under the cap casualty microscope. . I admit it! I did it, I discarded Austin Pettis for warmth in the middle of a voracious frigid Winter Vortex. Let's cut Austin Pettis, and throw Austin on the cap casualty bon fire.
Yet today is the spring Equinox, my birthday, a day for celebration, and self examination. Maybe I was premature damning Austin Pettis. Let's take a closer at Austin Pettis in 2013. This will short and sweet.
Austin Pettis is 6'3" 2O7 pounds. Austin runs a 4.56 40. At the 2011 NFL Combine Pettis ran the shuttle in 3.88 seconds, fastest among the receivers at the combine. Pettis also finished sixth in the 60-yard shuttle (11.14 seconds) and 11th in the 3-cone drill (6.68 seconds)!
Last year, in 7 pre Sam Bradford injury games
Pettis caught 27 passes, on 41 targets, for 251 yards, and 4 Touch Downs! Austin Pettis faded into obscurity with Clements at quarterback.
Austin averaged 9.3 yards per a catch, and 6.12 yards per target.
Austin Pettis drop rate was 6.4%! Pettis dropped 4 passes in 2013. The NFL average drop rate is 7.5%
Austin Pettis's stats projected out over a 16 game season with Sam Bradford. 62 catches for 9 Touch Downs, and 575 yards. 9 Touchdowns would have tied Austin Pettis for 14th in the NFl with DeSean Jackson and Josh Gordon. Great company indeed!
Profootball Focus- rated Austin Pettis as number 12 wide receiver in the NFL with a drop rate of 5%! Link is below...
I apologize Austin. I sold you short.