ST. LOUIS - St. Louis rookie wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey received the lesson of a lifetime Thursday night.
The two former West Virginia standouts got a 20-minute session with former Rams All-Pro Isaac Bruce following the team's regular two-hour practice session,
Bruce, who caught 1,024 passes for 15,208 yards and 91 TDs in his 16-year career, is in camp for a few days to help coach Jeff Fisher.
Bruce spoke at length with the pair and even got down in a stance and showed some of the techniques that made him one of the best receivers in the game.
Austin and Bailey looked like wide-eyed children during the impromptu lessons peppering Bruce with one question after another.
"It's just a blessing to talk to someone like that,'' Bailey said. "He's done so much in the NFL for so long. To have him come out and give me some words of advice, a lot of guys will never have the opportunity to learn from a great like him.''
Austin, the Rams' first-round selection and eighth overall choice, also was thrilled to see Bruce.
"I'm just glad to be able to learn from him,'' Austin said. "Pick his brain. I asked him, 'What can I do better?' And he was happy to help.
"It's something I'll never forget - that he wanted to help me.''
Fisher invited Bruce to camp in hopes that he could pass on some wisdom to the young receiving corps.
Austin and Bailey have performed well during the first week of training camp. The two are roommates, at least for the next couple weeks, and they have been learning from each other on and off the field.
The former Mountaineers hope to continue their college success at the pro level. The multi-talented Austin caught 114 passes for 1,289 yards and 12 scores as a senior last season. He rushed for 643 yards and also scored three times on the ground. In addition, Austin returned both a punt and a kickoff for touchdowns, becoming the first player in school history to score four different ways in the season.
Austin, 5-foot-8 and 174 pounds, is expected to play an integral role on offense and special teams. So far, he has had no trouble grasping the Rams' complicated offense.
"We've asked him to do a lot, putting him inside and in the slot,'' St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford said. "And he's handling everything really well.''