Oct 13, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford (8) congratulates wide receiver Brian Quick (83) after Quick scores a touchdown during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium. The Rams defeated the Texans 38-13. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Evaluating Brian Quick’s 2013 Season


Oct 20, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) drops a pass in the end zone as Carolina Panthers cornerback Melvin White (23) defends in the fourth quarter. The Carolina Panthers defeated the St. Louis Rams 30-15 at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 2012, the St.Louis Rams drafted who they thought would be their number one receiver of the future in Brian Quick in the second round with the 33rd overall pick. That could still be the case, but with fans growing impatient, its beginning to look more and more like Quick will be just another disappointing draft bust.

Coming from Appalachian St. the Rams knew Quick was going to be a project, the only problem is, that’s all he has been, a project.

Standing at 6’3, 218lbs, Quick has all the physical features needed to be the number one guy. He’s tall, he’s physical, he has the speed, he just hasn’t translated all of that talent and potential onto the field.

Rams general manager Les Snead was quoted after the 2012 draft that when he looked at Brian Quick he saw current Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson. Jackson and Quick both have similar size with Jackson standing two inches taller and weighing 12 extra pounds.

Similar to Quick, Jackson was also a late bloomer having 59, 453, and 623 yards receiving in his first three seasons. It was in Jackson’s fourth season that he finally broke out, receiving for over 1,000 yards in five of his next six seasons and scoring seven or more touchdowns in each of those 1,000 yard seasons.

The next best comparison is Larry Fitzgerald. Quick probably will never be Fitzgerald, but compared physically, they are astonishingly similar. Fitzgerald is 6’3, 218, while Quick is 6’3, 220. Fitzgerald came out of the gates pretty hot in his rookie season having 780 yards and eight touchdowns. Fitzgerald was a top five pick by the Cardinals, but a guy can dream right?

Quick showed flashes of what he could be in 2012, showing that he was a huge threat in the red zone by scoring a touchdown on a fade route in the against the Vikings, and then scoring another touchdown against the 49ers using his size to push away the cornerback and run into the end zone.

2013 was supposed to be a big year for Quick, it was supposed to be his breakout year. However, time and time again Quick managed to disappoint, always falling short. The deep ball would fall right through his finger tips, he would only get one foot in bounds, or he would run the wrong route. Luck has just never seemed to fall Quick’s way.

Quick did once again however, show that he was a threat in the red zone, but showed that he also had the capability of being a deep threat as he had a 73 yard reception against the Panthers.

At this point, especially after 2013, the Rams have to be shooting themselves in the foot for taking Quick and not Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffrey who was drafted 12 picks later.

Jeffrey had a slow start last season only having 367 yards, but completely broke out in 2013 having 1,421 yards and seven touchdowns. That’s more of what the Rams would have liked out of Quick. They did reach a little for Quick, but they believed that he was their guy, their investment just hasn’t paid off.

Granted Quick did improve in basically every statistical category in 2013 which is a good sign. However the amount of improvement doesn’t pop out as number one receiver material.

 

2012

2013

Games Played

15

16

Receptions

11

18

Targets

28

36

Yards

156

302

Average

14.2

16.8

Long

39

73

PFF Rating

-2.0

-1.7

Catch Percentage      

40.7%

      52.9%

YAC

30

108

Slowly but surely Quick is improving. Unfortunately for Quick however, is that this isn’t the race between the tortoise and the hare in which slow and steady wins the race. This is the NFL and the time to win is now.

The 6’3, 220lbs receiver out of Appalachia State, has shown that he has what it takes in flashes, it’s just a matter of putting it all together on a more consistent basis.

The Rams would love to have Quick in their future, that’s why Jeff Fisher and Les Snead drafted him and not Alshon Jeffrey. The only problem is, if he’s not producing on the field, there’s not much the Rams can do but move on.

Snead and Fisher predicted a break out year for this team in 2014, for Brian Quick’s case, let’s surely hope so.

 

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  • blackbart

    You obviously have your bias showing because you conveniently forgot to mention the one thing tha held Quick back the most. Bradford played fewer than 7 games this year, and no one is mistaking Clemens for Bradford.

    There were plenty of times that Quick was open and Clemens did not even attempt to get him the ball. As for the ball going through his finger tips. He had 2 drops on the year.

    You are entitled to your opinion but writing to only cover your statements leaves a lot to be desired in this “analysis” of Quick’s progress and production.

    • TheSyndicateProject

      But one drop was a touchdown, but he still was severely underutilized by Kellen Clemons

  • Gary Stewart

    blackbart blaine is actually more right than you are. quick has not produced up to his so called potential as the first pick in the 2nd round. we made excuses for bradford for 3 years quick and pead for 2 years this is probably the make or break year for all 3, if the rams go for watkins then that tells you quick will either be on the bench or playing for a different team in 2014 conversely if we dont use a 1st round pick on a wr my guess is quick gets one more year, bailey is not going away and it may come down to givens and quick as to who stays and who goes

    • blackbart

      You are welcome to your opinion but Blaine is not more right than me. How do you expect a guy to produce if he is not targeted. Clemens did not even attempt to get him the ball if it was more than 20 yards down field. Blaine made no mention of the number of targets post Bradford or even the fact that Bradford only played 6+ games.

      Quick had 36 targets all year 18 catches and 2 drops. 15 targets in the first 6 games and 21 in the next 9.

      Your assertion about the excuses doesn’t cut it either. 3 different co-ordinators in 3 years and no talent around Bradford are not excuses they are facts.

      Where a guy is drafted is a function of the team not his potential. This team had no illusions of Quick producing in his first 2 years, maybe your expectations should not be so high.

      • Gary Stewart

        im calling them excuses and you are calling them facts i used the same so called facts as excuses for 3 years with bradford and 2 years of facts with quick and pead. i have been a ram fan for 50 years so i feel a bit entitled as one might say. on a previous blog i posted how after the 2012 season brian shottenheimer was interviewing for HC positions and how i hoped he didnt leave so bradford would have some stability. then by this off season i was wishing he had gotten another job.!! (btw has anyone noticed he is not being asked to interview anymore) i have stood up for darien stewart thinking he was getting “better” i believed in isiah pead and there are and were others. it may all go back to the practice field i cant really judge, because i wasnt at practices are quick and clemens getting along in practice do they have that chemistry my guess is no because if they had it in practice it would likely make it to game day. is it possible that quicks routes are just a bit deeper or a bit further outside the numbers than clemens feels confortable throwing the ball, that too is a possibility. i like many see all these possible reasons and i am not saying make it or break it season as a wr im saying make it or break it as a wr on this team maybe quick gets traded or cut after the 2014 season and he catches on in a different system under different coaches i dont really know, hopefully bradford comes back healthy quick gets more opportunities and makes good on them along with jared cook who was targeted 59 times all season approx. the same number of targets gronk got while playing in only 7 games. facts are facts the rams passed less after zac started playing then passed even less under clemens and if quick gets 30 targets again next year and cook gets 60 and all the guys see the same number of passes but we score a bit more win a lot more then likely winning will provide the soothing salve this team and its fans so sorely need. thanks guys for reading my ramblings lol the perfect site for it .

  • Allen Day

    I would love to see the guy have more than 30 targets if you expect him to break out

  • David cox

    Gary Stewart, Blaine and none of these writers are right. No one is making excuses for the rams their just pointing out facts, the rams are loaded with talent. We just have a OC who is retarded, look how long it took him to figure out how to use tavon.Fisher has the Rams going in the right direction, I will grade, judge, and ridicule fisher and the rams after the 2015 season. Four years with the same players, coach and system before I judge anything. That is what the elite teams have year in and year out, coach, majority of its same players and the system is the same!!!!!!

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