Feldman: Tavon Austin scores 2 TDs but blames himself for loss

Feldman: Tavon Austin scores 2 TDs but blames himself for loss

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St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin (11) makes a touch-down catch against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford (23) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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by Brian Feldman / FootballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Sep 15 at 7:31 PM

ATLANTA (FootballStL) - On the surface of it, Rams rookie wide receiver Tavon Austin had a breakout game against the Falcons in Atlanta.  He hauled in six passes from Sam Bradford for 47 yards, including his first two touchdown receptions of his young career.  One of those was an impressive catch near the sideline where he kept both feet in bounds.

However, Austin is not thinking about that after the game.  All he's thinking about are the dropped passes from Bradford that he believes severely impacted the outcome of the game.

"I think I had a big part of that (loss)," Austin said.  "Rookie or no rookie I think I could've (made) some bigger plays so I kind of blame the game on myself a little bit.  At the same time I have to learn from it and hopefully I can come back better next week."

Sam Bradford, however, says that's just ridiculous.

"He said something to me and I said 'Bro, keep playing. Don't worry. I'm going to keep throwing you the ball.' He's young and obviously he's competitive too.  He's a perfectionist and wants everything to be perfect.  But I think I've learned over the course of my career that it's never going to be perfect on Sunday and the way things have been the past two weeks you have to keep playing, one play at a time, and you never know what can happen."

Austin hopes, in his mind at least, to get back on track next Sunday in Dallas.

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