“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.”
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.’’