Tuesday was awfully busy for a June day in Rams Nation, so let’s not waste any time in getting to it. First, the Rams inked second-round WR Brian Quick to a four-year deal worth a reported maximum of just under $5.4 million. Glad the deal is done and Quick is locked up so we don’t have to worry about it.
Now, on to the next order of business. Jeff Fisher and Steven Jackson met with the media after the minicamp session, so here is some of what they had to say.
“It was a good day. Basically we’re just continuing on with the OTA practice. We just get them for a few more hours during the day. We’re still limited to a walk-thru and a practice but it went well. We got a lot done inside this morning in an hour walk-thru and we got a lot more put in.”
“It’s good to get Isaiah (Pead) back, and clearly he’s been working, he’s in shape and he’s picking things up very, very quickly. It’s the guys that haven’t been here, we’ve got our tight end from UCLA (Cory Harkey) and our punter from Oregon State (John Hekker) that will be coming in some time over the weekend. We’ll get them caught up if at all possible next week from a strength and conditioning standpoint, but everybody’s working hard. Steven (Jackson) had a great day. He’s enjoying the offense and made some really good adjustments in the protection game today.”
(On WR Brian Quick)
“The athletic ability is there. The one-on-one stuff is all there. When he knows exactly what to do, he does it right. Two weeks ago, there was a lot of information coming in there. He was a little hesitant. He wasn’t hesitant today. He was very explosive, making plays. He’s a big target, as you can see. Real good out of frame. He just needs to practice. He’s not intimidated by anything. He just needs to practice, needs to see things and once he knows exactly what to do, he’ll do it well.”
(On if he thinks he and the team accomplished what they needed to this offseason)
“I believe so. We have a lot of turnover from last season to this season. It’s an entirely new team and new staff. But from what we’ve been able to accomplish from the draft, signing guys in free agency and now OTAs and minicamp, I think we’re moving at a pretty good pace. I think guys are grasping the schemes and we have some talent. I think, we’re actually going to be able to put together a nice team for the upcoming season.”
(On the level of confidence that Coach Fisher brings since he has head coaching experience)
“It’s quite a difference. Nothing against what I’ve had before Coach Fisher, but you can definitely tell a difference in leadership, a difference in confidence. It’s not so much of on-the-job training. I’m just impressed by what he’s assembled with assistant coaches around him. We have very credible coaches that are teaching me and some of my teammates. It’s just impressive, what they’ve been able to accomplish in some of their own careers. It’s very refreshing to have a coach that has that kind of resume and brings that kind of credibility. You can just feel it. It’s quite a difference. I haven’t felt this way since the 2004, 2005 years, where now it’s more so ‘when’ is it going to turnaround, not ‘if’ its going to turnaround.”
(On if Robert Quinn has shown anything that shows that he has developed or improved)
“I think, not for myself, I think for a lot of fans when we drafted him, a lot of people were, ‘Who is that guy?’ He didn’t have a chance to play. With him having a year off and then having a rookie season last year…coming off a year where he did play, I think his natural, raw talent, being a pass rusher, being a high draft pick, what everyone projected him to be the year before he had that year off, that you were seeing that on the football field. I just think the sky’s the limit. He has a lot of untapped talent that I think he will tap into in these next coming years.”