The Los Angeles Rams began OTA’s on Tuesday, and if you didn’t already have reason to be excited about the upcoming season, Rams’ head coach Jeff Fisher can give you a few.
Fisher sat down with Rams’ insider Dani Klupenger on Tuesday afternoon, and provided some insight on what they’re working on in OTA’s, and what you can expect to see in the upcoming year. He sounded particularly excited about what Rob Boras and Mike Groh were bringing to the offense...and the impact Tavon Austin can have:
It’s going to all focus off the run game. We’re going to be able to, if need be, hand it off to Todd (Gurley) and if someone says "we’re not going to let you do that," then we’re going to spread it around. And so when it’s all said and done, I think we’ll be able to look back and I think see Tavon maybe double in catches over what he had last year. And that’s the most important thing, is just get the chunks downfield.
If Fisher is sincere about the Rams’ interest in getting Austin - who’s a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball - that much more involved in the offense in 2016, that would imply he’d get somewhere in the ballpark of 100 catches this year.
Last year, Austin finished the season with 52 catches for 473 yards and 5 TD’s. Double those statistics, and accompany them with what he brings to the table in the run game and special teams, and the Rams are sending a receiver to the Pro Bowl in 2017.