Another week, another story of support for the St. Louis Rams’ other sophomore wide receiver, Brian Quick. As of now, Quick is penciled in as the starter on the depth chart, although no one is certain how the receiver rotation will pan out by the start of the season.
Last season, as expected, Quick saw limited time on the field, taking his time learning the speed of the game and acclimating to “big boy” football after playing college ball at the small-school, Appalachian State. He played only 187 total offensive snaps in 2012, with a season-high of 25 snaps in the blowout loss against the New England Patriots. Quick did receive more playing time as the season drudged on, after seeing only six total plays in the first three games of his career, including being deactivated in Week 3 against the Bears. He averaged roughly 14 plays per game after the Danny Amendola injury against the Cardinals in Week 5, including 87% of this receiving yards, 90% of his catches, and both of his touchdown catches.
This season they will expect much more from the hopefully-rising star. Tony Softli gave his brief recap of Quick at camp so far this offseason, all of it being good news. Bleacher Report posted their position on Brian Quick as a “breakout” player a couple of weeks ago. Now, Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke has jumped on the bandwagon…
Burke recently posted his list of 10 players from the 2012 class that he believes are destined for a “breakout” season in their sophomore campaign. There are actually a fair number of receivers on the list, including the 49ers’ A.J. Jenkins and the Bears’ Alshon Jeffery. If you scroll close to the bottom, you will get this little nugget about Quick…
Quick currently holds a starting job in St. Louis, despite catching a mere 11 balls last season and the franchise nabbing both Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in the draft. If nothing else, the Rams’ commitment to improving their passing attack should play to Quick’s benefit — as could the arrivals of Austin and tight end Jared Cook, both players capable of drawing a defense’s attention, thereby freeing up more space outside for Quick. -Chris Burke on Brian Quick
Not exactly a glowing endorsement, but an endorsement nonetheless! While the content might be limited, the general idea is spot on, and should set Brian Quick up for major success in 2013, assuming he is on the field. Jared Cook, Tavon Austin, and Chris Givens are all humongous mismatched in their own right; whether that be with their size, quickness and elusiveness, pure speed, or some combination of the three. Each naturally demands a sizable amount of attention from the defense, which should, theoretically, give Brian Quick more opportunities in one-on-one coverage or against a soft zone. This mismatch-based offense will benefit whoever is lineup up on the outside next season. With natural size and athleticism, a year of experience under his belt, and more opportunity, it is easy to see why Quick is getting so much support and attention from around the league.
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