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Austin Pettis, The Rams Forgotten Wide Receiver!


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)!

Rams 2011 Draft A Look Back – Austin Pettis

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...

https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/03/24/sig-stats-drop-rate-wrs/

I apologize Austin. I sold you short.

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