When the St. Louis Rams drafted Brian Quick with their first of three second round picks in the 2012 draft it was assumed by most that it would take some time for his raw athleticism and physical ability to translate to production. While taking Quick with the 33rd overall pick was considered a reach, even the most ardent critics of this pick couldn’t have predicted as bad a first season as Quick had.
In his first season in the NFL Quick struggled mightily to get playing time, which is made evident by his meagre stats line of 11 receptions for 154 yards and 2 touchdowns, including this beauty of a grab. Inability to create separation from NFL corners and adapt to what the defenses were bringing limited Quick to 32 snaps over his first four games.
With new found opportunities presented by the departures of Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in free agency, Quick is going to have to find a way to improve upon the numbers he posted in his rookie campaign. If not, he will find his name added to the list of physically gifted receivers, who’s talent never equated production in St.Louis - if you’re thinking Donnie Avery and Danario Alexander, well played.
Unlike last year Quick won’t have to make hurdles over established veterans to get playing time. As of right now Quick is already listed as the starting receiver in the flanker position once occupied by Brandon Gibson, as per OurLads. While playing as the Z receiver in the Rams offense will come with increased blocking responsibilities, it was also have Quick planted firmly in Bradford’s line of sight. Assuming Quick can start to use his imposing frame and speed to better separate himself from defensive backs, this puts him in line for a huge increase in snaps and presumably increased stats to accompany them.
While this Rams offense - at least where it’s receiving corps is concerned - will most likely center around the production they can get out of Tavon Austin in his rookie season, it will need improved play from Quick to take that next step. The days of the Sam Bradford checkdown are gone, it’s up to Quick and the rest of the Rams receivers to determine how successful the switch is.
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