Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 7/28/13
The St. Louis Rams are thinking about using their explosive first round pick WR Tavon Austin on special teams. Returning kickoffs and punts could be added to Austin’s responsibilities as well as playing receiver. The deciding factor could be Austin’s size (5’8, 184) and that it may put too much of a toll on his body while his value to the passing game is far greater. “I think that’s to be determined,” special-teams coordinator John Fassel said, via Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.com. ”We still have a ways to go before that, but that definitely is a factor.  What’s his load on offense?  And then is that too much to do both punts and kickoffs?  The thing with kickoffs nowadays is half the time they’re touchbacks.  So, the reps are less than they used to be as far as a returner.  But, I think it’s to be determined, what’s his load on offense and he could be a punt-return, kick-return guy or maybe just one or none based on length of the season and how much work he’s getting.” “There’s no way you can coach it,” Fassel said.  ”You look at it from, if we had to punt to him, he’s on another team, what is your concern?  There’s a lot.  He’s got a great dimension.  He’s got breakaway speed, but he’s also got the ability that little guys have which is incredible quickness and elusiveness.”    
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