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More Gatorade: Tavon Austin learns lesson from dehydration

Rams receiver Tavon Austin was carted off at the end of practice Sunday because he was dehydrated. Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

IRVINE, Calif. -- Lessons are there to be learned at NFL training camps and not just for wide-eyed rookies.

On the second day of Los Angeles Rams camp, veteran receiver/returner Tavon Austin was carted off at the end of practice Sunday because he was dehydrated. He had neglected to eat lunch before practice.

"That was the first time I did that," Austin said Monday. "I made sure I ate today. I'm about to go eat right now, so I'll make sure I'm good for tomorrow.

"It was kind of like I ran out of time a little bit."

Austin was back in typical form Monday, meaning running all over the field and probably the most vocal Ram on it. He was slapping helmets, encouraging teammates on good plays or sharing a word after a miscue.

"That's always me," Austin said. "The first two days, I'm just getting back into it. I'm just trying to get my energy level back up, get my body right. Eventually, you'll see a little more of that. That's who I am.

"I'm just a motivator who likes to compete. One thing I know, when you're motivating somebody, they're going to compete at their best because eyes are on them when you're calling them out. You have to hold yourself accountable.

"That's one reason I do it, it keeps me on my toes."

Austin was the Rams leading receiver last season, pulling in 52 passes, if only for 473 yards (9.1 per reception). He pulled in five for touchdowns, which was still almost half the team's meager total of 11.

The Rams receiving corps is not exactly highly regarded, and the team made no major free-agent additions or trades in the offseason to bulk up the position. Someone, or someones, will have to step up if No.1 overall pick Jared Goff is to have a successful season at quarterback.

Goff will need strong receivers to help with his rookie season.

"I can't really say we're underrated," Austin said. "We just have to do our part. At the end of the day, we've got to catch the ball and have to run. We have to run the right routes."