According to Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford and tight end Jared Cook "seem to be clicking" during organized team activities. The Rams signed the 26-year-old Cook to a five-year, $35 million deal in March, and he is expected to be a big part of the offense this season.
Lyons also saw first-round wide receiver Tavon Austin line up in the backfield and take a few handoffs on Friday. Along with his 114 receptions at West Virginia last year, Austin also carried the ball 72 times for 643 yards.
I don't know what serious conclusions can be drawn about the on-field relationship between a quarterback and a receiver during OTAs -- or what Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called "football in shorts" -- but sports scribes have got to do anything they can to fill those column inches. So, no, I'm not putting a whole lot of stock into this, but Cook should be heavily targeted in 2013 and drafted as a low-end TE1.
The fact that Austin is carrying the ball shouldn't come as a surprise. His versatility as a receiver, runner and returner is one of the reasons why he was the eighth overall pick in the draft. The Rams will use him similar to how the Vikings used Percy Harvin, and that includes getting a couple of carries here and there. St. Louis is going to find many ways to get the ball into Austin's hands. He's a WR4 with a lot of upside.