by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
If you envisioned Brian quick emerging as the Rams’ top receiver in 2014 raise your hand. Anyone? For all those who are raising your hands, my guess is you are lying. It was almost impossible to imagine, given the other options, but through two weeks here we are.
The third-year receiver is making the most of his opportunities, and is far ahead of the rest of the other receivers in targets:
- Brian Quick – 18
- Jared Cook – 12
- Lance Kendricks – 7
- Benjamin Cunningham – 6
- Chris Givens – 5
You will notice that Quick is the only receiver to be targeted more than 5 times, while Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt and Austin Pettis have just 4 each. Austin did suffer a sprained MCL in Week 2 and will miss a few weeks of actions, temporarily taking him out of the mix. However, with the new drug policy closing in on being accepted Stedman Bailey could return to take his spot immediately.
Bailey was viewed as a potential breakout candidate and could eat into Quick’s opportunities. At the very least he’ll be thrown right into the mix of “other” options, none of which have distinguished themselves of yet, and could quickly emerge as the team’s second option.
Quick has turned his chances into 14 catches for 173 yards, so there is no reason to think that the Rams will suddenly stop throwing his way. He was raw coming out of college, with NFL.com saying prior to the draft:
“His time playing football has been limited, and professional coaching could help mold Quick into a game changer at the next level. He is a reliable hands catcher who has the radius and grip strength to bring down any ball thrown near his area. He is a great option in the short game, as he understands how to use his frame to shield out smaller defenders.”
He’s listed at 6’3″ and 218 lbs., so he clearly has the size NFL teams look for and over the past two years he has gained experience while playing outside of the spotlight. Is it possible that he’s put it together and will continue to produce? Absolutely, which is why he’s worth grabbing in all three-receiver and dynasty formats.
He’s hardly a guarantee, especially given the other receivers the Rams have, but he’s shown more than enough and always had the upside. Stash him now and see if he can continue to develop.
Sources – ESPN, NFL.com
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