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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Austin favored to win offensive ROY

By Nick Wagoner

EARTH CITY, Mo. -- As the highest-drafted skill position player in this year’s NFL draft, the expectations for St. Louis Rams rookie Tavon Austin match his lofty status.

The gambling website Bovada.lv, among the companies providing NFL odds to ESPN.com, distributed its leaguewide award odds Tuesday morning and Austin sat at the top of the list for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award.

Expectations for Austin are a result of not only his draft status but also his anticipated role in a new look offense. He’s considered a 5-to-1 favorite to take home the award.

The versatile Austin is expected to step right into the slot receiver role as well as provide additional value as a punt returner. The Rams traded up to the eighth spot in April's NFL draft to select the West Virginia wideout.

Coincidentally, Denver running back Montee Ball is second on the list with 11-to-2 odds, giving St. Louis another tie to the top of the list. Ball is a native of Wentzville, Mo., located just outside St. Louis.

Quarterback Sam Bradford was the most recent Ram to win the award, claiming it in 2010.