posted on December 21, 2012 08:18
Almost weekly, Rams coach Jeff Fisher has been asked about rookie wide receiver Brian Quick. It's expected when a player selected with the first pick of the second round of the draft enters the final two games with 11 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns. Especially when rookie fourth-round pick Chris Givens has 37 catches for 606 yards and three scores.
However, no one in the organization is displeased with where Quick is in his development. He played 26 snaps Sunday against Minnesota, his highest total of the year, and made an acrobatic catch in the end zone on a 4-yard play.
Said Fisher, "I think he's only going to get better. There's nothing as far as disappointment about where he's at. He's working hard at practice and in the meetings and he's going to continue to improve."
Earlier in the season, Quick admitted there was a big adjustment from Appalachian State to the NFL and said he would often be thinking and counting steps while running routes.
He had said, "I can't really explain everything in the playbook, but it's more difficult. Everything about it is just different. You've got to read a lot of different things and you've got to read defenses. I wish I would've known more. But I can't help where I came from. It's about where I'm at right now."
He added, "I feel like it took forever. But it's only becoming the second half of the season, and now I have everything down and everything's become faster. I know what to do. I know my splits. I know where I'm supposed to be lined up. I know my responsibilities. So that makes it a lot easier."
Putting things in perspective, former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce, a second-round pick in 1994 from Memphis said it took him until halfway through his rookie season before he felt comfortable. In his rookie season, Bruce had 21 receptions for 272 yards and three touchdowns.
After his touchdown Sunday, Quick said, "The way I prepare now is making it easier for me. I credit my teammates for helping me and my coaches for being patient with me. That window is not so big when you've got other players coming up.
"Hopefully I'll get another chance to make plays this week and take a step forward, being in the game more."
Said quarterback Sam Bradford, "I think Quick has come a long way. I've seen him get so much better each week. He's playing with so much more confidence now. You saw what he was able to do when he was in there last week. The touchdown catch he had, that's a big-time play. It wasn't an easy catch. He went over a guy and made a really tough catch look easy.
"I think there's going to be a lot of good things in store for him. Hopefully, these next two weeks, we can get him out there a little bit more and get him involved, but I've seen him make a lot of improvement. I expect it's something that's going to continue through the offseason and next year, he'll be a big part of this offense."
Concluded offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Quick's improvement, "I think you see his confidence. He's able to go out and play now and he can react, not think about what he's supposed to do. Obviously, the play-making ability has always been there and we knew it would take 'Quickie' a little bit of time. To watch him grow and see what he's doing is exciting. Obviously, Chris (Givens) maybe got a little bit ahead of him early in the year, but Brian's really closing the gap. So, it's been fun to watch those two guys play.