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ST. LOUIS In a receiving corps that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer admits is the youngest hes worked with, third-year pro Austin Pettis qualifies as the longest-tenured wideout on the team. So far, Pettis, 24, is living up to the expectations of a veteran.
"Hes probably having the best camp of probably all of the skilled players," Schottenheimer said. "If you guys watch him, he does a great job of coaching the young guys. Hes having a tremendous spring."
The early play of another receiver, Brian Quick, has also caught Schottenheimers attention. A disappointment after being drafted in the first round in 2012, Quick has shown a better grasp of being in the right place in the early workouts.
"Hes doing a lot better. Hes just much more comfortable, able to think a little bit," Schottenheimer said. "There was a period yesterday where we got some tough looks (from the defense) and maybe something he would have missed last year, route adjustments and stuff, he nailed."
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It's hard to find anyone who downplays the hype surrounding rookie linebacker Alec Ogletree. The former Georgia Bulldog intercepted another pass during a no-contact scrimmage Tuesday, something he's shown a knack for during organized team activities.
"We expect big things out of him," Rams defensive coordinator Tim Walton said. "Hes a very talented young player that has a big upside. Hes picking up things very well. He has great athletic ability. Hes showing his football intelligence. Hes been able to pick up the schemes and been able to adapt and usually hes been making plays. Hes got his hands on some balls and things like that. Were pleased with him and look for big things from him this season."
If anyone is searching for a firsthand account of Tavon Austin's moves, Johnny Hekker just got his first taste.
The punter became Austin's latest victim on Tuesday, when the rookie receiver took one of Hekker's kicks up the sideline and used a quick shimmy to shake the punter to the ground.
Hekker tried to save face, feigning a hamstring pull after Austin sped past. His teammates, who oohed and ahhed at Austin's juke and gave Hekker plenty of grief weren't fooled.
For those of you that heard @tayaustin01 juked me bad today...it's true. Had to hit the dirt and fake a cramp to save face LightningQuick Johnny Hekker (@JHekker) June 11, 2013
FOX Sports Midwest staff writer Stan McNeal contributed to this report.
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