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Morning Tailgate: Rogers vs. Rams WR Austin

Posted Sep 25, 2013

49ers slot cornerback Carlos Rogers will have his hands full, manning the slot in San Francisco's Week 4 matchup with St. Louis

The St. Louis Rams weren’t worried that the 49ers were going to jump ahead of them in 2013 NFL Draft. The Rams trade up eight spots, to eighth overall, because that was they value they placed upon speedy wideout Tavon Austin.

“We needed a dynamic playmaker. If we stayed where we were we probably weren’t going to have a chance,” St. Louis coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday morning. “The future’s ahead of him. He’s an outstanding player. We’re looking forward to watching him make a lot of plays for us.”

The 49ers hope this doesn’t start Thursday, when San Francisco visits its NFC West division rival for a nationally-televised game.

“I think the Rams philosophically are a run-first team,” 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said Tuesday. “Austin does give them another threat. He’s an excellent receiver in the slot where they like to play him most of the time.”

This means that, most of the time, 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers will be covering Austin, who has 18 receptions, two for touchdowns, entering Week 4.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com featured this Rogers-Austin matchup in his Wednesday morning story.

“I see where they try to feature him a lot,” Rogers told Maiocco. “Hopefully, I can get my hands on him and re-direct him and push him in the way I want him to go.”

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee wrote about Dan Skuta’s emergence among the outside linebackers.

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle covered the incorrect call on Donte Whitner’s big hit in Week 3.

Bill Williamson of ESPN.com predicts Colin Kaepernick’s Week 4 showing.

Taylor Price of 49ers.com wrote about Kaepernick’s social media-based motivations.







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