If it’s one player with a lot of pressure to succeed in St. Louis this season not named Sam Bradford, it’s Brian Quick. The second round receiver out of Appalachian State is in his third year and only has 458 yards to show for it.
This is a player who is 6’3, 218-lbs with all the talent in the world but just couldn’t quite put it all together. Coming out of Appalachian State, we knew he was going to be a raw talent and it was going to take some time, but we weren’t really sure how long or if he was ever going to put it together.
You could say the Rams took a big risk on Quick in the second round, as there wasn’t, and there really never is, a guarantee that Quick was going to pan out like Les Snead and Jeff Fisher expected. But with size and physical attributes like Quick, how could they pass up.
The Rams were in a receiver drought, having been unable to find a true number one receiver since the Greatest Show on Turf left town. They tried experiments like Donnie Avery, Laurent Robinson, Danario Alexaner, and Brandon Lloyd, but all failed to even rack up 700 yards receiving and be that number one guy.
Quick has the talent and potential to be a number one receiver, but much like Vincent Jackson, formerly of the San Diego Chargers, it was going to take time, but nobody really knew how much time.
Last year in week seven against the Carolina Panthers, Quick came three yards away from his first career 100-yard game. Multiple times, Quick has been that big threat in the red zone able to catch the back shoulder throw to the corner of the end zone. The only problem was, with all of those good plays came a handful of mistakes.
Year three is a big year for Quick, and after Saturday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, it’s hard not to be excited about what’s to come. In the second quarter against the Packers Quick came up with a big 41-yard reception to put the Rams across midfield. Three plays later he forced a pass interference penalty which put the Rams in the red zone.
Those were two very big plays in limited snaps. For the first time in his career, Quick looked like the second round pick that Snead has been trying to convince us that Quick would be.
It is only preseason, and we don’t want to get too carried away, but it’s hard not to get excited about what we saw from Quick Saturday afternoon. The only question is if Quick will be able to keep it up at a consistent rate. However, by the looks of it, after two full seasons, it looks like Brian Quick’s plane has finally arrived in St. Louis.