December 2, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) looks on after dropping a pass during the second half against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome. St. Louis defeated San Francisco 16-13 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Is Brian Quick The Next “Bust” For The Rams?

Last season the Rams drafted a receiver in the second round who they thought would be a mismatch for defenses and become the physical presence that they were missing on the outside. What they got was Brian Quick. Brian Quick looks great on paper being 6’3 220lbs. Other that not having great running coming out of Appalachian State, Brian Quick looked to be that guy the Rams were missing.

Brian Quick showed promise at times, and showed that he has the capability of being that physical presence. Quick was targeted 27 times last season and caught 11 of those for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Snead has been quoted saying that when he saw Quick he was thinking Vincent Jackson. If you compare Jackson’s rookie stats with Quick’s, Quick actually had a better rookie season. Jackson had three receptions for 59 yards and no touchdowns.

Many don’t think Quick is the guy that the Rams thought he was, and don’t think that he can be successful in this league and are already labeling him as a bust. The fact of the matter is the Rams knew exactly what they were getting themselves into with Quick. They knew he was a raw talent, but they also knew that he had a high potential. Quick showed flashes of that potential last season. On Quick’s two scores, he showed what he can do. Quick scored against the 49ers after winning the battle at the line of scrimmage and pushing CB Chris Culliver down to the ground and then winning the race to the end zone. When Quick scored on a fade route in the end zone against the Vikings, he won the physical battle in the end zone and made an acrobatic catch.

There were times last season where Quick was so close to making a big play for the Rams, and there were times where he left you wondering why the Rams took him in the second round. He needs to fix the little things and get all the little details right. Another year in the same system, having a year already under his belt, and getting more reps will help Quick.  This is why I don’t think the Rams will, or should go after Cordarrelle Patterson and will wait until the second or third round to grab a wide receiver. Taking Patterson would put the Rams in a similar situation that they are already in with Quick, and would be basically saying that they are giving up on Quick. Expect good things and improvement from Quick this season. If Quick has another season like he had last season, then maybe it is time to move on, but until then, you have to give the guy a chance.  After all the Rams did take Brian Quick in the second round for a reason, he deserves a chance.


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  • Jeff Bone

    Agree completely with this analysis. Quick did have his moments last season. If Fisher believes in him, so do I!

  • Ma Ve

    I have been thinking this for a while, as much as people think we need a receiver, I don’t think we should use a first rounder on this crop. We have Givens who is developing nicely and hopefully put new tight end can handle the slot/inside receptions. I think the rams would be better off grabbing Warmack or Cooper to protect Bradford with their first pick, and grabbing a safety with the second. In later rounds we can grab another slot type receiver say maybe Woods from USC in te 2nd or 3rd.

  • Nathan Kearns

    Agree with the synopsis of Quick, but completely disagree on premise that Cordarrelle Patterson, in any way, would signal a lack of faith in the development of Brian Quick. Chris Givens is the definition of a slot receiving threat, one that can be moved to the outside of the formation, but does most of his dirty work either 1) face-to-face with the linebacker or 2) streaking 50+ yards down the field.

    Of Givens 77 total targets, 30% came in the middle of the field, within 0-9 yards of the line of scrimmage (premium slot receiver territory). Another 32% of those his total targets were 20+ yards down the field, meaning that less than 30% of balls were thrown to him in the “typical” outside receiver areas of the field. On those targets, Givens made only 14 catches for 159 yards, and zero touchdowns….

    Cordarrelle Patterson and Brian Quick would be perfect on the outside, with Chris Givens and Jared Cook in the slot, and Lance Kendricks as the in-line tight end. Givens’ route running, quickness, and overall speed make him unguardable in the slot, which is where he was at his best last season. He struggles against some of the more phyiscal corners, including only 3 receptions in two games against the Seahawks, despite playing 97 of 132 total offensive snaps (73.4%) in those games. However, putting him in the slot mismatches Givens with safeties, nickelbacks, and, in a best-case-scenario, an outside or inside linebacker.

    Regardless of the perceived “rawness” of Patterson, he has played a fair amount of snaps against NFL (ish) talent in the SEC, and in a significantly more “pro style” system at Tennessee. His sheer size, speed, and versatility will allow him to be used on the field immediately, even without the ability to run a clean, crisp NFL route tree. At a minimum, Patterson showed the ability to run a deep-9 and a quick slant, which are all you need from an outside wide receiver to demand the attention of the secondary. Without that, as we have seen over the last half decade, the secondary can clog the middle of the field, making it difficult for the slot receiver to find openings underneath, and completely eliminates the run game.

    Quick is one answer on the outside, but the offense would benefit from shifting Givens to a permanent role as a slot receiver. Patterson should be the man to replace Brandon Gibson…