August 18, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams wide receiver Brian Quick (83) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half at the Edward Jones Dome. The play was reviewed and ruled no touchdown. The Rams won 31-17. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Why The Rams Need Brian Quick More Than Ever


In the wake of not only passing on a wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft, but also the recent suspension of the up and coming wide-out Stedman Bailey, the Rams are now forced to sit back and look at their receiving core. Young, raw talent is the first thing that pops into one’s head when reviewing the Rams overall depth chart, but that is the most evident when you get to the Rams receivers. One of those raw receivers is third-year man, Brian Quick.

Drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft, the Rams had the hopes that Quick would turn into the next “true, number one” receiver that they desperately needed. Well, two full seasons into his career, and the Rams are still looking for his breakout year, and 2014 needs to be the time it finally happens.

Quick certainly has the potential to do so, he has the size (6’3″ 218 lbs) and athleticism that is the starting point to all good receivers. The only problem is, he is inconsistent with his route running and catching ability. Quick can have a game, like the one against Minnesota his rookie year, when he would jump almost completely over a defender to make a circus catch for a touchdown, or have a game where he drops 4 passes, like the one against Carolina last season. Now, it is understandable for a young receiver to have his good days and his bad days, but after two seasons, it should start become more constant.

With the Rams bringing in veteran Kenny Britt on this past offseason, the Rams receiving corps became a little more respectable, so respectable that General Manager Les Snead told the media that there was no need to draft a wide receiver early in the draft (and they ended up not taking one at all), but after the recent 4-game suspension to the aforementioned Bailey, the Rams need all hands on deck. Bailey showed that he can be a reliable pass catcher towards the end of the 2013 season and looked to have a big year in 2014, but that has stalled. It is time for Quick to finally grab the bull by the horns and step up.

Not only do the Rams, as a whole, need Quick to come into the spotlight, but so does quarterback Sam Bradford. Bradford is seemingly walking into his “make or break” season in St. Louis, but he cannot do it all on his own. With no true number one on the roster, the Rams are going to have to utilize a receiver-by-committee for at least going into camp. Tavon Austin is a true slot receiver and Chris Givens is a true deep threat, but, from there, it is just a smorgasbord of uncertainty. While Kenny Britt is a solid pickup, he has not played to his upmost potential; being plagued by injury, and having his fair share of run-ins with law enforcement. Austin Pettis is a playmaker, but he, like Quick, has some consistency issues. And now to Quick. Of those three guys, The Rams must have one that comes out and outshines the rest. One of them needs to be the number one guy on the outside.

Now, the Rams certainly would like to have all three shine, but let’s be realistic: when was the last time things seemed to go the way the Rams hoped they would. Of the three, Quick seems to be the guy who still has a lot to prove, and he has the ability to do so, but it needs to happen and it needs to happen fast. The Rams cannot afford to have yet another season of poor, inconstant play out of the Appalachian State product. The Rams need someone to step up out of the shadows, and that person needs to be Brian Quick.

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  • Gary Stewart

    wr is a tough position for anyone coming into the league especially a kid out of a small school like app st. however as you said it is time!! we spent a high 2nd basically late first round pick and its time he paid us back. when the rams jumped up 4 spots to take joyner this year he immediately said he was going to pay the rams back for their confidence in him now it is time for brian to do the same thing as of now jenkins and brockers are performing well in the draft class pead i believe is a wash out, tru is doing ok and quick needs to make the class of 2012 proud!!

  • Jesus Is Superman!

    Quick will break out!

  • RamMkr

    There are several receivers on the Rams roster that are overdue in performance. If they play like they have been since drafted the they should be cut. Fans are sic of mediocre play:

  • Mark Spencer

    fuhgetaboutit. Quick is too dumb to even read the playbook. Just declare him the bust that he is and admit that the Rams (Fish/Snead) blew it and let him go.

    • Bennett

      Glad you aren’t the coach

  • UhhDuhh

    We need ANY receiver more than ever. We need them to work with the JUGS machine every day. We need them to be better than Jared Cook who led the team in receiving and he’s a TE. We need them to not get suspended for PED’s. We need them to get open. Heck, we need Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. When I think of our WR’s, I need a drink.

  • Charlie

    Can someone explain why so many ram fans are fascinated by Brian Quick? Every year he is supposed to break out and every year he is a disappointment. Is there something I am missing here?

    • MichaelNupe Thompson

      idk why. I was done with him after that panthers game.