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  • DE_Ramfan
    When they say "get the ball" they mean go get the ball and bring it to the refs.

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  • mde8352gorams
    I wish Tavon nothing but good luck with the Cowboys, except when playing the Rams, of course. I place the blame for that catastrophe on Jeff Fisher and Les Snead for not evaluating him properly to realize he cannot learn a playbook and then doubling down by awarding him a contract that was totally undeserved.

    The Cowboys may be using Tavon far more than we did as their passing offense looks pretty lame at this point. Losing Whitten and Bryant decimated their receiving corps, leaving Terrance Williams as their best WR. Defenses should be able to stack the box to contain Elliot with Prescott trying to find an open receiver.

    Go Rams!

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  • general counsel
    Best explanation is that they are including the number of times he fumbles and then touches the ball trying to pick it up.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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  • AvengerRam
    Maybe they're planning to have him return kickoffs and expect to be scored on a lot?

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  • Nick
    started a topic Cowboys to give Tavon two dozen touches per game?

    Cowboys to give Tavon two dozen touches per game?

    Originally posted by Josh Norris @JoshNorris

    Listening to the #Cowboys Day 3 press conference. They call Tavon Austin a "web back" and want to get him the ball "a dozen to two dozen" times per game, plus return game on top of that.

    12 to 24 times. Per. Game.

    I had to listen 3 times to make sure I heard that correctly.

    5:57 PM - 10 May 2018
    From Rotoworld...

    Speaking in the Cowboys' post-draft press conference, EVP Stephen Jones said the team wants to get "web back" Tavon Austin "a dozen to two dozen" touches per game.

    That's a real quote, verifiable at the link below. Jones said that's in addition to the return game. Austin lost return duties to Pharoh Cooper last season and averaged 4.5 touches on offense. Even during his Jeff Fisher heyday of 2015, Austin averaged just 6.5 touches. We are going to assume the front office doesn't actually mandate that Austin is one of the most heavily-used players in football this season, but the Cowboys have made it abundantly clear they want to feature Austin in their old Lance Dunbar role.
    So we'll see how that goes.

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  • MauiRam
    Double Coverage: Rams at Cowboys
    by MauiRam
    By Todd Archer and Nick Wagoner

    The Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams will meet for the second time in three seasons at AT&T Stadium. The Cowboys won convincingly, 34-7, in 2011, but this Rams team is different. ESPN Rams reporter Nick Wagoner and Cowboys reporter Todd Archer bring you their Double Coverage preview.

    Archer: It's always about the quarterback here with the Cowboys and Tony Romo, but I'm curious about Sam Bradford. Where is he in his development and is there any doubt he is their answer at the game's most important spot?

    Wagoner: The Rams have made every effort to turn this into Bradford's team, and, through two weeks, it's absolutely become that. Bradford has had two strong statistical weeks to start the season, led a comeback win against Arizona in the opener and nearly did it again last week in Atlanta. He's clearly more comfortable in his second season with the same offensive coordinator in Brian Schottenheimer and surrounded by better skill position players such as tight end Jared Cook and receiver Tavon Austin. Bradford is showing signs of having the breakthrough season many have long expected. For the Rams' part, there's no doubt he's the guy moving forward and the decision-makers have repeatedly and publicly said as much.

    Speaking of quarterbacks and committing, the Cowboys made their move to lock up Romo already. How has he responded to that financial vote of confidence?

    Archer: I think it goes beyond the financial commitment, although we’d all like to be guaranteed $55 million at some point in our lives. The bigger vote of confidence came from Jerry Jones wanting him in on the game planning with the coaches. Romo has more say now than he has ever had as the starting quarterback. It’s his offense in a lot of respects. The Cowboys are doing more no-huddle work than ever before, and that’s where Romo has complete control. Now there could be some drawbacks, too, because they’re not running the ball. The Cowboys talked about running the ball more and better in 2013 than they did in 2012, and they have 39 carries for 124 yards in two games. Romo has dropped back to pass nearly 100 times in two games. There is even more of a burden on him now, and he’s already had to do so many things here lately to win games.

    One guy I can’t wait to see Sunday is Austin. Everybody had him pegged for greatness this summer, and he’s coming off his first two-touchdown game. How have the Rams tailored their offense for him?

    Wagoner: Well, it's been a bit of a mixed bag for Austin so far. Yes, he had a couple of touchdowns last week, but he also had some issues with drops. The Rams have used him as a receiver, lined him up at running back and used him as the primary punt returner, and those will all be ways they'll continue to use him moving forward. Through two weeks, they haven't been able to get him out in space where he can operate at his...
    -09-19-2013, 12:09 PM
  • MauiRam
    Rams face Dallas team seeking the end zone ..
    by MauiRam
    BY JIM THOMAS Friday, October 21, 2011 12:25 am

    No NFL team has lived on the edge of victory and defeat quite like the Dallas Cowboys this season. All five of their games have been decided by four points or less. And with the scrutiny America's Team gets on a daily basis, it has been a well-chronicled, wildly fluctuating roller-coaster ride from week to week.

    Just two examples:

    • Quarterback Tony Romo has been a superhero, leading the Cowboys to a 27-24 overtime victory over San Francisco in Week 2 despite a cracked rib and a punctured lung.

    • Two weeks later, Romo was a dud, throwing three second-half interceptions in a 34-30 loss to Detroit, a game in which the Cowboys blew a 27-3 third-quarter lead.

    The winless Rams (0-5) can only hope Dallas and Romo are in dud mode Sunday at Cowboys Stadium. Despite lots of potential firepower on offense, the numbers don't add up for the Cowboys (2-3). On one hand, Dallas is seventh in the league in total offense, which ranks teams according to yards gained. Somehow all those yards have produced only 10 touchdowns this season.

    They are second-to-last in red zone offense, with only six TDs in 18 red zone trips. That 33 percent success rate trails only — you guessed it — the Rams, who have scored TDs on just 25 percent (three of 12) of their red zone opportunities.

    Hampered by changes and injuries on the offensive line, the Dallas running game has been close to nonexistent, ranking 27th in yards per game. On top of that, the Cowboys' top back and leading rusher, speedy Felix Jones, is expected to miss Sunday's game because of a high ankle sprain. Far removed from the glory days of Emmitt Smith — and before that, Tony Dorsett — Dallas has only one rushing touchdown this season. That's tied for second worst in the league with the Rams. (Kansas City has yet to score a rushing TD.)

    How can the Cowboys get their running game going?

    "Just got to keep banging away at it," coach Jason Garrett said. "Got to get better up front, got to get better as runners, and got to get better at the tight end spot, the receiver spot, fullback spot. It takes everybody, and we've just got to keep banging away."

    Another thing that's keeping the Cowboys out of the end zone is turnovers. They have coughed up the football 12 times via interception or lost fumble. Only Philadelphia, with 17 turnovers, has more in the NFL.

    One less turnover here, better red zone execution there, and the Cowboys easily could have another victory or two or three.

    "You just have to execute at different times," Romo said. "We've won a couple of really close games and executed well, and then we've lost one or two. So we're just going to do the little things better when they come."

    The Rams' defense is trying to make sure it's not...
    -10-21-2011, 10:26 AM
  • Nick
    Tavon Austin making No. 1 WR money without No. 1 WR numbers
    by Nick
    Tavon Austin making No. 1 WR money without No. 1 WR numbers
    Alden Gonzalez
    ESPN Staff Writer

    DENVER -- Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin is different.

    He wears socks decorated with Roger Goodell's face, produces weird noises on the sidelines, and, of most relevance to the topic, gets his production in unconventional ways. So perhaps it wouldn't be fair to compare him to the elite receivers in the game, even though the four-year, $42 million extension he signed with the Los Angeles Rams puts him in the neighborhood of that earnings bracket.

    The deal carries a $10.5 million average annual value that makes Austin the 12th highest paid receiver when it begins in 2018. But Austin has never caught for 1,000 yards or even 500. The 11 receivers ahead of him in that list -- A.J. Green, Alshon Jeffery, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas, T.Y. Hilton, Doug Baldwin, Keenan Allen, Vincent Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Larry Fitzgerald -- have averaged no fewer than 765 receiving yards per season throughout their careers.

    But to the Rams, Austin's value can't be measured by prototypical receiver standards.

    "There’s no receiver that comes close to his rushing yards," general manager Les Snead said. "And one of the big stats is that he’s been a guy who can put balls in the end zone, and that’s what counts. That’s why we value him."

    Austin, taken eighth overall in 2013, has averaged 647 yards from scrimmage in three years. But he nearly doubled his production in 2015, a year that saw the 5-foot-8, 176-pound receiver catch for 473 yards and rush for another 434. Only five other players -- Devonta Freeman, Charles Sims, Gio Bernard, David Johnson and Mark Ingram -- rushed and caught for 400 yards, and they're all running backs.

    Austin's rushing total last year was nearly four times greater than that of the second-place receiver, Jarvis Landry of the Miami Dolphins. His 809 rushing yards since 2013 are 234 more than the second-place receiver in that span, Terrelle Pryor of the Cleveland Browns.

    In scrimmage touchdowns, Austin is tied for 25th over the last three years.

    In punt-return touchdowns, he is tied for first.

    "From a big-picture standpoint, we look at him as a weapon on offense," Snead said. "I think he’s somebody that tilts the field; that defensive coordinators have to be aware of. You combine him and '30' [Todd Gurley] on the field at the same time, it’s a duo that, because of their skill set, you keep some teams on their heels."

    And that's the thing about this deal -- it's relative to the Rams' situation, not necessarily the NFL's precedent.

    The Rams have been desperate for playmakers at receiver pretty much since Tory Holt's departure, which made them more willing to lock up a guy who has at least shown the capability. But it remains a...
    -08-28-2016, 06:46 AM
  • RamWraith
    Rams-Cowboys: The breakdown
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Sunday, Oct. 19 2008
    When the Rams run the ball

    Another tough challenge for Steven Jackson & Co. Dallas comes to town with the
    NFL's seventh-ranked rush defense. The Cowboys have the speed at linebacker to
    make it tough to get outside, and the size up front to make life difficult
    between the tackles. One of the key matchups will be Rams center Nick Leckey
    against Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff. This is the first 3-4 front the Rams
    have faced in the regular-season, so Leckey will have the underrated Ratliff
    over him all day. If Leckey can't neutralize Ratliff, who uses quickness and
    leverage to his advantage, Jackson won't have much running room inside.

    EDGE: Cowboys

    * * * * * * *

    When the Cowboys run the ball

    With speedster Felix Jones out with a hamstring injury, the Rams will see a
    steady dose of Marion Barber all day long. Don't be surprised to see Barber
    approach his career high of 28 carries Sunday. Barber enters the game ranked
    seventh in the NFL in rushing (440 yards) and third in yards from scrimmage
    (674). "The guy runs to hurt people," Rams coach Jim Haslett said. "I mean, he
    runs hard." A powerful, relentless runner, Barber also is a threat as a pass
    catcher and a determined blocker. The danger for the Rams is getting worn down
    as the game progresses, and pushed around by the Cowboys' big, physical
    offensive line.

    EDGE: Cowboys

    * * * * * * *

    When the Rams pass the ball

    With Terence Newman out with an abdomen injury and Adam (Pacman) Jones serving
    a league suspension, the Cowboys are paper thin at cornerback. Anthony Henry is
    a solid, productive veteran at one corner. But rookies Mike Jenkins (starter)
    and Orlando Scandrick (nickel) will be counted on at the other corner spots.
    Safeties Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams are big hitters, but can be liabilities in
    coverage. So there could be opportunities here for St. Louis, if the Rams can
    protect quarterback Marc Bulger. The Cowboys are tied for sixth in the NFL with
    15 sacks, and usually rely on outside linebackers DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis
    for pressure, without much blitzing.


    * * * * * * *

    When the Cowboys pass the ball

    No matter who's at quarterback for Dallas, the Rams will be hard-pressed to
    cover all of the Cowboys' receiving threats. Any plans to double-team Terrell
    Owens were dampened by Tuesday's trade with Detroit for wide receiver Roy
    Williams. He's expected to be on the field for 15 to 20 plays Sunday, giving
    the Cowboys another big target and playmaking threat. Tight end Jason Witten
    runs routes with the precision...
    -10-19-2008, 06:50 AM
  • richtree
    Cowboys waive Tashard Choice
    by richtree
    I know everytime someone gets waived there seems to be a thread about that player and why the Rams should get him...

    But this guy runs hard, and wouldn't be bad for our home stretch of games...

    At least until we draft a young guy
    -10-29-2011, 09:57 AM