Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Not What Most Expected

If you can be honest with yourself as a Rams fan, you know very good and well, that Brian Quick was definitely not at the top of your draft dream list as our first pick for the wide receiver position in the draft. In fact, he may not have been on any of our lists. I know he wasn't on mine. However, he's on the team now and we now have an obligation as fans to at least give him a chance to prove that the coaches are right about him and that he is the target that Sam Bradford needs to get this offense back on track.

It has been one failed year after another since both Bruce and Holt have been gone. The Rams organization year after year have miserably failed to replace either one of these incredible receiver. In fact they've not even gotten close, ever. Making it difficult for any quarterback to perform at a level that is expected of them. The list is long:

  • Donnie Avery
  • Mardy Gilyard
  • Mark Clayton
  • Brandon Lloyd
  • Mike Sims-Walker
  • Keenan Burton
  • Danario Alexander
  • Brandon Gibson
  • Austin Pettis (jury still out)
  • Greg Salas (showed great potential for a slot receiver in 2011 till injury)
  • Danny Amendola (wonderful slot receiver but can't fill the void we have in big time wide out threats)
So, a lot could be riding on this new kid called Brian Quick. He is not only going to have to be quick on the field, but also will need to be a quick learner. So let's hope that the name is good luck for him and that he quickly picks up on everything he needs to pick up on and can become that threat that Bradford needs.

Some current players that some are comparing Quick to are listed below.

Vincent Jackson - They both are big receivers Quick is 6'4" and 220 lbs and Jackson is 6'5" and 240 lbs and both are physical players that can get a jump on the ball.

Brandon Lloyd - (This one is retrospect it seems the Rams should have kept him to go along with Quick) Lloyd has made his living off of his terrific hands and his ability to make circus like catches. Something that Quick seems to be able to do as well.

Terrell Owens - Not in attitude but in playing ability. Both receivers are nearly the same size and Quick has been known to be just as physical and ball hungry as TO, in TO's prime. Like TO, Quick goes after the ball and has the desire to come up with it and make the big play.

Larry Fitzgerald - To stand them side by side, they are both nearly the same height and weight and both of them are well rounded athletes that are both physical and have speed. Quick is nearly as good as plucking the football out of the air as Fitzgerald and Quick has great hands similar to Fitzgerald. If Quick is willing and able to put in a lot of effort into his football training, there is a chance that he could end up playing as similar to Fitzgerald as anyone could and that could eventually lead him to the top 10 list in receiving. But only time will tell.

Worst-case scenario, I think Brian Quick emerges as a big target for Sam Bradford to throw to, a luxury in the red zone and a productive player.
Best-case scenario, I think Quick becomes the kind of big, physical, imposing receiver that would elevate Bradford into the conversation with the other elite QBs in the NFL.
I could see Quick being the kind of player that averages 85-90 catches, 1,200-1,400 yards and 10-12 touchdowns per season.
First things first, I'd like to see Quick go out and make an impact as a rookie. I think he is going to get every opportunity to play, and it wouldn't shock me at all for Quick to catch 50-60 passes for 800-1,000 yards his first year in the league.