Rams welcome back much needed help on offense in WR Brian Quick


There wasn’t a more talked about player talked about on the St. Louis Rams roster last year than wide receiver Brian Quick. Quick was heading into his third year and looked like he was developing into what the Rams hoped all a long, a play-maker on the outside. Everything was falling into place until Quick went down with a season ending shoulder injury suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Quick was having a career year. He was averaging about 54 receiving yards per game, which resulted into 375 receiving yards on the year, a career high for Quick. He also had three receiving touchdowns, which was also a career high.

More from Rams News

Coming off a career year you can expect Quick to be motivated and ready to contribute right away. Quick has just been approved this week to practice with contact, and head coach Jeff Fisher said he will be playing in their next preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts.  Expect Quick to be featured right away when he steps on the field. Don’t be surprised to see the Rams throw early and often to Quick. They will look to speed up his re-introduction in an abbreviated preseason.

Now the question is what to expect in terms of production from Quick. Well, having Nick Foles is a blessing in disguise for Quick. Foles has a big arm and isn’t afraid to throw down field.

Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Quick is at his best when he is physical and playing the ball in the air. When Quick gets position and can high point the football, there isn’t anybody in the league that can stop him. When you’re 6’3″ 220lbs, there isn’t really much you can do when it comes to trying to play Quick 1-on-1.

From watching the Rams offense so far this preseason, it is easy to tell that there are struggles on the offensive side of the ball. New offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti Jr, promoted form the quarterbacks coach position, like to air things out down field. The Rams offense in recent years has not been equipped to do that. The plan is for Quick to join fellow wide receiver Tavon Austin as the potential home run threats in this offense, something the team has been in dire need of.

Quick has the physical tools to be a very effective player in the NFL. It is just the matter of staying healthy, and becoming a better route runner. If Quick can do that, then the Rams just might have a blooming star on their team. Time is against the young wide out as he enters the final year of his contract in 2015. Quick will need to put up good numbers if he expects to have a job in St. Louis down the road.

We’ll be generous here and predict a good year with 800+ receiving yards and 5-7 touchdowns. However, Quick’s track record doesn’t put much faith in that prediction.

Next: Ramblin' Fan sits down with NFL Insider Jason La Canfora