ST. LOUIS — In a receiving corps that offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer admits is the youngest he’s 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.
“He’s 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. He’s having a tremendous spring.”
The early play of another receiver, Brian Quick, has also caught Schottenheimer’s 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.
“He’s doing a lot better. He’s 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. “He’s a very talented young player that has a big upside. He’s picking up things very well. He has great athletic ability. He’s showing his football intelligence. He’s been able to pick up the schemes and been able to adapt and usually he’s been making plays. He’s got his hands on some balls and things like that. We’re 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