ATLANTA (FootballStL) - When most people think about the weapons Sam Bradford has to throw to on offense they think of tight end Jared Cook, wide receiver Tavon Austin and Chris Givens.
Way down on that list? Austin Pettis. In fact, Austin doesn't even technically start for the Rams while Pettis does.
But that's just fine for the third year receiver out of Boise State. He hauled in eight passes from Bradford for 78 yards and a huge touchdown which gave the Rams a chance to catch up to the Falcons.
So, was it nice to show everyone there's more to the Rams offense than Cook, Givens and Austin?
"Ya, I think that's a big driving factor for anyone," Pettis said. "When you're forgotten about by players on your own team you just want to go out and compete - not just with the other team but with your own teammates - because it just makes everyone better. As you can see we have a lot of weapons on this offense. There's going to be some who get the ball more than others each game depending on what the defense gives us.”
"It was really good to get (Pettis) back involved," quarterback Sam Bradford said. "He had a great spring. He had a great camp. Unfortunately we just haven't been able to get him the ball as much as he probably deserves so it was nice to see him have the game he had."
Pettis offers more of a possession receiver style compared to the speed guys like Givens and Austin. His ability to make big catches over the middle is something the other receivers aren't as adept at.