Austin Davis Announced as St. Louis Rams’ Starting Quarterback


St. Louis Rams quarterback Austin Davis had been quite the revelation in his first two NFL starts against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys, going a combined 52-for-71 (73.2 completion percentage) for 562 yards and three touchdowns. Despite that success, Rams head coach Jeff Fisher had continued to maintain whenever asked that veteran Shaun Hill would assume the starting position whenever he returned to full health from the thigh injury that had held him back since the first quarter of the Rams’ Week 1 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

On Wednesday, Fisher rather nonchalantly changed course, declaring that Davis is now the starter moving forward. It’s what the high majority of the media and fan base had been clamoring for since they first saw what Davis is capable of; after all, it wouldn’t have made much sense to have the 34-year-old Hill acting as a virtual placeholder at the quarterback position when there’s a possibility that the 25-year-old Davis could develop into a long-term starter.

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While the Rams’ defense may have trouble stopping the Philadelphia Eagles’ rapid-paced offense this week, it should be a great opportunity for Davis to air it out and show what he can really do, as the Rams will be going up against an Eagles pass defense which is ranked 25th in the league, having given up 1030 passing yards and 10 touchdowns. With Tavon Austin presumably healthy once again and Stedman Bailey re-integrated into the offense following his return from suspension, it will be a great opportunity for Davis to prove himself with all his weapons at his disposal.