(Eds: With AP Photos.) By STEVE OVERBEY Associated Press Tavon Austin is waiting for his turn to shine in the St. Louis Rams' offense.
''It's all about patience and I'm sure my time will come,'' the speedy rookie receiver said. ''I'm learning what it takes to be successful and I'm doing the things the coaches tell me.''
Austin, the eighth overall choice, has struggled at times under the weight of some lofty expectations.
He has yet to display the breakaway playmaking ability that St. Louis was looking for when it traded up eight spots in the draft to secure the West Virginia standout.
Austin's pass-catching numbers are adequate. He has 31 receptions, first among rookies, for 207 yards and two touchdowns. But his longest catch is only 25 yards and he's averaging a meager 6.7 yards per catch.
Plus, he is tied for the NFL lead with seven dropped passes.
''This isn't supposed to be easy,'' he said. ...