Is the Time Up For Brian Quick and Austin Pettis?

In the last couple of drafts the Rams have stocked up on wide receiver, desperately trying to find weapons for Sam Bradford. The Rams were back at it again in the 2013 NFL Draft when they chose WVU wide receivers Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Austin will look to take over the slot and Bailey will be another option on the outside. With these two additions does this mean the Rams are finished with Austin Pettis and Brian Quick?

Austin Pettis made some big plays for the Rams last season by scoring touchdowns and made them when the team needed them the most, like the big fourth down catch against Buffalo. However it looks like the Rams may have just replaced Pettis with newly acquired weapons Austin, Bailey, and Cook. It is expected that Austin and Cook will occupy the slot, which is where Pettis was the most successful. Pettis wasn’t the best receiver on the roster, but with the losses of Gibson and Amendola it looked as if Pettis was set for a career year. However, with the new weapons it looks as if Pettis will be just another receiver on the roster and will be more of a depth chart player than a playmaker on the field.

Last year the Rams selected Brian Quick who came out raw much like Patterson did this year. Quick had a lot of developing to do, and although he made a few plays, he didn’t quite develop as fast as the team thought he would. In this year’s draft, the Rams selected Stedman Bailey who looks to play on the outside, much like he did in college. Les Snead had visions of Brian Quick playing across from Chris Givens, but that no longer seems to be the case. It looks like Quick may end up being a situational player in the red zone, or used in a rotation and be depth at the wide receiver position.

The Rams may not have given up on Pettis or Quick just yet, but with the additions of Austin and Bailey, you have to figure that their roles on the team are going to change. The Rams have finally added some legitimate weapons for Sam Bradford and you have to wonder if Austin Pettis and Brian Quick are still in the picture for the team’s future

Topics: Austin Pettis, Brian Quick, St. Louis Rams

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  • bluenotebacker

    In looking to ADD weapons for Bradford, it seems unlikely the Rams would abandon plans to include Pettis and/or Quick in the offense for the upcoming season. Replacing both of those guys with the new tandem (which wouldn’t work because Austin isn’t an outside guy) would be giving Sam *more* options, they would still not have enough choices. Theoretically, of course. I don’t think this fanbase will stand for another season where the team continues to try Pettis and/or Quick without results. I think all we can do as fans is think positive and hope those guys come into their own this season.

    • Gary Stewart

      on a previous post I indicated that I felt not only would the rams have some 4 receiver sets but may do a ton of rotational stuff defenses like to rotate pass rushers why not rotate wrs in a hurry up fashion a complete and total nightmare for opposing defenses

  • Blaine Grisak

    I agree. The time may not be up just yet for Pettis and Quick, but another mediocre season for each of them and fans may want them gone. I think it is better to have too many weapons that not enough. I feel better about the Ram now than I have in years.

  • JLaker85

    Im not sold on bailey. That was college. Hes still 5’10 and we dont no if he can beat press coverage. In every interview that they talk about austin they mention how he will benifit quick. The rams knew he would take a while to adjust to nfl. He never had a wr coach. They chose to bring him a long slow. I have all the confidence that he will have a big impact this year. Im predicting 60-70 catches 700-800 yards 9-12 touchdowns.

    • Gary Stewart

      wr and tight ends total 9 being kept in my opinion
      Austin cook bailey pettis quick kendricks with pettis that’s 6 hes gonna be there if we draft another stud next year all bets are off I came up with 6 out of nine so I suspect not only will pettis be kept but a couple more wr and another te may make the 53 man squad. looking for about 4200-4500 yards for Bradford including passes to backs out of the backfield

  • http://twitter.com/JordanBarhorst Jordan Barhorst

    I’m not sold on the idea that the Rams wanted Quick to develop fully last year. You see teams force receivers on the field all the time, and Quick was barely ever in that scenario. He showed flashes of excellence, and when he was on the field I’d call him pretty average, which for a rookie is good. If he performs well in the offseason program, I can see him starting week 1.

    Pettis is a different story. He’s clutch, as we saw last year. But I think you’re right, Bailey sort of takes his place in the receiver depth.

    We don’t have another solid 1 receiver other than Brian Quick, so he’ll have to step up. Givens and Pettis and certainly Bailey and Austin are all undersized, and not the typical number one receiver. Quick will come around.

  • Brian Paddock

    There’s plenty of “raw prospects” that were drafted high that didn’t produce until their 3rd season. They haven’t given up on Quick, he’s just progressing slower. Vincent Jackson is a perfect example. Had about the same rookie stats as Quick. People have to be patient, He will come into his own…

  • Blaine Grisak

    I haven’t given up on Quick either, I think he can be a stud. However, say he has another mediocre season and doesn’t show flashes of much improvement, you have to think the Rams look in another direction. I absolutely loved the signing of Stedman Bailey. The kid is reliable, he has great hands, he is undersized, but he uses his body to get the ball. The kid can score touchdowns as well. With the addition of Bailey, I do think Pettis may be used for depth, youre right Jordan he is clutch, but the Rams have so many new playmakers on the team that are just better than Pettis. I love the guy and all, but the Rams may go in another direction.

  • Nathan Kearns

    Both Quick and Pettis, in my opinion, should feel secure in their job for the 2013 season. However, that doesn’t mean one of them isn’t on their last hoorah…

    Brian Quick is golden, not only because of his unique size and skill set, but because of where he was taken on the board. Snead and Fisher aren’t going to “waste” a 33rd overall pick, just because. I am firmly on the side that they allowed his to be more of a student than a player in the 2012 season… and that is supported by his offensive snap counts. If you want a player to go and produce on the field, you have to give him more than 10-15 snaps per game. However, if you want him to learn and develop, all while getting acclimated to the speed of the game as a rookie, then you might see those number.

    Pettis on the other hand might be on his last straw, barring a miraculous season. Pettis has steadily improved every season since he joined the league, including snagging 4 touchdowns last season (only one fewer than Calvin Johnson). However, he has one MAJOR thing going against him… he was drafted by the previous regime.

    Outside of Sam Bradford, Rodger Saffold, and Lance Kendricks, Pettis is the only remaining offensive holdover from the Spags era in St. Louis. Tack on the fact that Pettis has been, to this point, a “slot only” receiver and you have a combination that might not bode well for him in the Lou. Assuming Brian Quick gets his legs under him, the St. Louis Rams should be pretty set in the slot, especially with the new acquisition of Tavon Austin and Jared Cook.

    Pettis was also thought of as a ST contribute… that is until he was given a shot at returning punts and failed tremendously. The selection of Tavon Austin showed that the St. Louis Rams were not content with their receiving corps, especially in the slot. The had their pick of the litter at wide receiver in this draft… TWICE… and still chose to to stick with Tavon Austin.

    If Pettis thought he was struggling for snaps last season, I truly cannot imagine how it will be this year. Givens, Cook, and Austin are essentially guaranteed time on the field. With the departure of Brandon Gibson on the outside, you could also make the case that either Quick or Bailey will demand time as well, with someone having to man the spot opposite of Givens on the outside. Tack on the fact that Schotty has traditionally run primarily out of “pro” formations or, at maximum, 3-receiver sets, and you come to the conclusion that Pettis might be the odd man out…

    • Gary Stewart

      Nathan you may be right about pettis but if the smallish size of tavon and bailey make them at least somewhat prone to injury do the rams plan to keep 6 receivers and 2-3 tight ends if so pettis fits in the depth chart quick is gonna be fine the rams have plans for him and have stated that often. Bradford may also have 4 and 5 receiver ets at his disposal lets see what shotty has in mind for this new toy box

      • Nathan Kearns

        Agreed! My worry about Tavon has always been about injuries, but hard to telegraph that ahead of time.

        I think the Rams will keep 5 receivers on the roster: Brian Quick, Austin Pettis, Stedman Bailey, Chris Givens, and Tavon Austin. They would likely prefer six, but they will be forces to keep an excessive amount of defensive lineman and secondary players.

        Rams will probably keep 3-4 tight ends: Jared Cook, Lance Kendricks, and Mike McNeill… maybe Cameron Graham.

        They will likely be forced to run out of more 3-4 wide receiver sets, but most of those will include Cook as one. With Rodger Saffold and Jake Long, they might be 5 wide on occasion, but that will likely be the result of shifting either Isaiah Pead or Richardson out of the backfield into the slot.

        I think Pettis could prove to be one the better players on the roster with his first legitimate shot in a signficantly younger corps. I guess we will just have to see…

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