With St. Louis, Austin has 23 receptions and leads all rookies in that category, one catch ahead of DeAndre Hopkins, who will be on the opposite sideline Sunday in Houston. However, he has just 156 yards receiving, 6.8 per catch.
"We're hoping to get him an opportunity,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said about getting more deep balls to Austin.
Returning punts, Austin officially has 57 yards on 17 returns this season, for a 3.4-yard average and a long of 14 yards.
Fisher pointed out that without the penalties Austin would have 257 yards in punt returns this season with a long of 84 yards and a touchdown. He would be averaging nearly 10 yards a return. The 84 yards came on the nullified punt return for a touchdown came against Dallas.
Fisher gave the rookie a game ball Monday for the 91 punt return yards he would have had against the Jaguars and for the yards subtracted the rest of the year.
"That's how the game goes,'' Austin said. "You've got to keep on pushing. I believe in my teammates. Hopefully, it will get better next time.''
The Rams traded up eight spots in April's draft to get the explosive playmaker for quarterback Sam Bradford. Through five games, Bradford said he likes what he has seen from Austin as a receiver."I think he's making progress,'' Bradford said. "I think if you ask him, he's probably frustrated. I know that his role here is probably a little bit different than what we pictured and what he was used to at West Virginia. I've been impressed with him. I think that he continues to try to get better each week on the practice field. I think as long as he keeps at it, eventually he will grow into that role where he probably expected to be.''