QB Austin Davis - St. Louis Rams
|6-2, 221||Born: 6-2-1989||College: Southern Mississippi||Drafted: ---|
Week 3: vs Dallas Cowboys
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. As of midweek, we're in limbo as to who will start at quarterback for the Rams. Stay tuned to the Footballguys.com Players in the News to see whether Shaun Hill or Austin Davis is expected under center. As of mid-week, our guess is that Davis will the the start - he's projected by David Dodds to have 20/31 for 237 yards passing, 1.3 TDs thrown and .9 interceptions in this game. That places Davis at #30 overall fantasy quarterback - fantasy owners should look at other options when considering fantasy starters this week due to the uncertainty around the quarterback situation in St. Louis. Dallas' pass D is mediocre, ranking 13th in the NFL averaging 212.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three TDs given up to date and two interceptions generated (along with three sacks so far). Last week, Jake Locker managed 18/34 for 232 net yards passing, one TD and two interceptions thrown, with two sacks taken for -2 yards. Whoever starts for the Rams has a neutral matchup vs. Dallas. Don't expect a stunning day from either Davis or Hill, and then you won't be disappointed.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 1 vs MIN (16 / 23 / 192 / 0 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Austin Davis never thought he'd be on the field in the 2nd half of a close game in week 1, but there he was. If you thought the protection in the first half was bad, it was much worse in the 2nd. The Vikings pinned their ears back and rushed Davis. Davis actually didn't do a bad job. He stood in there, made some good throws and didn't panic. His one major mistake was when he was under heavy pressure and threw the ball at a receiver in front of him. Unfortunately the pressure kept him from seeing Harrison Smith who jumped the route and took it 81 yards for a TD. When Davis had time, he generally completed the pass and looked decent. He opened things up by completing a playaction to Cook for 10, and then throwing a 26 yard lob to Cook down the left sideline for a big gain. But as was the case often in the 2nd half, Davis took sacks to end drives over and over. He also was done in by penalties. On his 3rd possession a false start set them back, and then the Rams committed a holding penalty and an offensive pass interference penalty on the 4th drive. Overall it was a pathetic display by the entire offense. The QB's weren't exempt from blame, sure. But if the Rams are going to blame the season on the fact that they are on their 3rd string QB, they need to all be playing at a high level. They weren't. If the Oline doesn't play better, the Rams are in big trouble no matter who plays QB. If you are interested in owning a Rams QB, Case Keenum is another guy to watch. He had some exciting moments last year, has experience, and is worth monitoring.
2014 Week 2 vs TB (22 / 29 / 235 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
A week after being thrust onto the field to face the Vikings in week one, Austin Davis had a week to prepare for Tampa Bay. He responded by playing extremely well, and perhaps brought a little bit of optimism to the St. Louis area. Last week Davis was under heavy pressure for much of the game. This week, Tampa Bay was ravaged with injuries on the D-line, but still managed to apply solid pressure to Davis. The Rams responded by running the ball and doing much of their damage on play-action. On the first drive, Davis led the team down the field with a few quick slant passes, and a playaction pass to Quick on a deep comeback route. Stacy scored a TD and gave the Rams the lead. After that Davis was pinned deep in his own territory for much of the first half. Yet he showed no fear in throwing out of his own endzone, which was impressive. In the second half, Davis started off a drive by taking a sack. Then he responded by hitting Cook down the left sideline, despite being pinned deep in his own territory. Davis next completed a pass to Pettis for a first down, and finally gave Kenny Britt his first reception of the year on a deep comeback route. At the end of the game, the Rams were down 17-16 with 5 minutes left. This is when Davis had his best drive of the game. He started by hitting Cook across the middle for 8. Then on playaction, he threw a deep ball way downfield to Quick. Quick jumped high in the air and had it right in his hands, but dropped it. It's a play Quick has to make, and a great throw by Davis. On 3rd down, Davis responded by completing a huge pass to Kendricks for a first down. He next hit Quick on a 16 yard slant, and then made the play of the game on 3rd down. Facing a 3rd and 9, Davis got drilled by blitz, but got it off to Pettis. Pettis leaped in the air and made the huge reception which put the Rams in range to kick the game-winning field goal. Overall Davis showed a lot of moxie in this game. He made huge 3rd down throws, didn't turn the ball over, and completed a wide variety of passes. For the most part, Davis worked the short passing game to precision. But on the few occasions that he did go downfield, he was accurate and put the ball right where it needed to be. Davis had a very encouraging performance, and it's finally something positive that the Rams can hang their hat on. But the line still performed poorly. Tampa Bay was missing both of it's edge rushers, and their stud DT McCoy left the game in the 2nd quarter. But they still applied heavy pressure and affected the game plan. The lack of time for the QB to throw is what keeps getting Bradford injured, and ultimately is what will likely keep Davis or Hill from consistently putting up a lot of yards through the air.
Latest NewsRams | Shaun Hill a game-time decision (Fri Sep 19, 09:39 AM) - St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) will be a game-time decision in Week 3. Our View: The Rams should turn to Austin Davis after he led them to a win in Tampa Bay last week if there's any question about Hill's health.
link to story Rams | Rams QB could be game-time decision (Thu Sep 18, 08:17 PM) - St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis or QB Shaun Hill (thigh) could come down to a game-time decision in Week 3 against the Dallas Cowboys, according to head coach Jeff Fisher. link to story Rams | Shaun Hill is the starter (Mon Sep 15, 02:43 AM) - St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) will return to the starting role when healthy, according to Rams coach Jeff Fisher. QB Austin Davis has filled in for the past two weeks. Our View: Davis didn't look terrible in Week 2. Brian Quick's fantasy owners are certainly happy with the way Davis kept feeding their player the rock. Fantasy owners in deep dynasty leagues should be encouraged by Davis' play, but he's still only a decent backup option and not some diamond in the rough.
link to story Rams | Shaun Hill active, unlikely to start (Sun Sep 14, 02:33 PM) - St. Louis Rams QB Shaun Hill (thigh) is active for the team's Week 2 game, but QB Austin Davis is still expected to start. link to story Rams | Austin Davis likely to start (Sun Sep 14, 10:34 AM) - St. Louis Rams QB Austin Davis is likely to start Sunday, Sept. 14, in place of QB Shaun Hill (thigh), according to a source. Our View: Either way, the Rams offense is going to have trouble moving the ball against the Buccaneers.
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