Rams Receiver ‘Putting On A Show’ At OTAs

St. Louis Rams second-year receiver Brian Quick had trouble making the immense jump from Appalachian State to the NFL, racking up just 11 receptions for 156 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 2012.

“Last year, for me, was a learning year, and that’s something I’m looking to build on,” Quick recently told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  “It’s a big step, coming to the NFL because everything at this level, physically and mentally, is so much faster. You have to adjust, but you can’t force it.”

Photo Credit: StLouisRams.com

Photo Credit: StLouisRams.com

The 2012 second-round pick (No. 33 overall) added that his struggles also had to do with the finer points of the club’s playbook.

“This offense is a lot more complicated than anything I’ve run before,’’ Quick said. “You’re constantly working on the little things, trying to make sure that everything is perfect. By the second half of last season, though, I felt a lot more comfortable and now, going into the second year, I really feel like I’m ready to show people what I can do.’’

According to Tony Softli of 101 ESPN St. Louis, Quick has already been “putting on a show” at OTAs.

The 6-3, 220-pound wide out—who is expected to line up as a starter opposite fellow second-year receiver Chris Givens in the season opener—caught “17 to 18 passes all over the field” just during Friday’s session.  Softli also mentioned that Quick, 24, was reeling in passes in the “red zone, middle of the field, on crossing routes and deep down outside.”

Coach Jeff Fisher expects Quick to show off his speed and big-play potential in a “much bigger role” in the Rams’ new “high-octane” offense, which will also feature prolific veteran tight end Jared Cook and rookie Tavon Austin.

“Oh man, I really think we’re in for a fun year,’’ Quick also added near the end of May.  “The returning guys have an added year of experience and the guys we’ve brought in have a lot to offer, too. Sam (Bradford ) is definitely the leader, but it’s not just on him. I feel like it’s up to all of us, every guy on the team, to step up and support him and to hopefully move this football team first toward the playoffs and eventually to a championship.’’

Michael Gartman is a College Football and NFL Senior Writer, the AFC South and NFC West Lead Writer and the Founder, CEO of GridironGrit.com.  He’s also about to start reporting on topics across all sides of the political spectrum and analyze important issues in the liberty movement for a political website.  Follow him @_MichaelGartman on Twitter.  Be sure to ‘like’ Gridiron Grit on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @GridironGrit to keep up with the latest coverage on college football, the NFL and more!

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