Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Rams' Brian Quick seeking consistency
By Nick Wagoner
EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Ask nearly any Rams coach or player about second-year wideout Brian Quick and you’re bound to hear plenty of different thoughts, but one buzzword will keep coming up: consistency.
Blessed with a size, speed and strength package that no other Rams wideout possesses, Quick teases with what he could become should his potential ever convert to production.
Depending on the day, Quick can tantalize with that ability but can also disappear for long stretches of time. After perhaps his best practice of this training camp Tuesday afternoon, Quick has put together a pair of strong workouts in a row.
Quick’s work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Rams great Isaac Bruce noted Monday that Quick has all the ability in the world but just needs to find some consistency.
“Man, he has it all,” Bruce said. “He has speed, he has the physique, he has huge hands. The guy can run and get down the field and he can get out of his break. That’s the biggest thing in this league is being able to transition.”
Torry Holt, Bruce’s former running mate and Rams legend in his own right, arrived in town Monday afternoon and has witnessed practiced both days.
Quick followed a solid performance on Monday with a performance Tuesday in which he hauled in about a half-dozen catches during team drills, including a deep out in which he beat cornerback Janoris Jenkins, a deep ball down the sideline and a handful of intermediate dig routes.
At one point, Quick caught two in a row and Holt implored him from the sideline to “keep going.”
“Quick had an outstanding day,” Holt said. “I think these last two days have been really good for him.”
From Holt’s perspective, Quick needs to take advantage of his greatest asset: his size. At 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, Quick brings a different look from smaller, quicker teammates such as Tavon Austin and Chris Givens.
Having Quick provide a different look on the outside would give the Rams a unique variety of possibilities with the wideouts, but first he must consistently use that size to an advantage.
“Quick, you’re big, you are supposed to play big,” Holt said. “It doesn’t matter if you hurt people’s feelings. I’m not here to save your feelings. I’m big, I’m bigger than you, that’s how I’m going to play and the last couple days we saw that. It’s just a matter of Quick just continuing to be consistent, believe in what it is he can do.”
In other Rams news:
- After an unseasonably cool run of weather, the Rams got a little heat for the first time in this training camp as temperatures rose to 89 degrees. Of course, that’s still pretty tame by August in St. Louis standards but it still provided a bit of a challenge given how cool it’s been recently. “Today was fine,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “Obviously they are in good shape and I thought they handled the heat pretty well. We’ll clearly back down tomorrow, kind of a walkthrough pace practice before we take off.”
- For the second day in a row, rookie running back Zac Stacy didn’t do much of anything in practice. End Chris Long returned to team drills after sitting most of them Monday.
- Aside from Quick’s exploits, the highlight of the day came when running back Daryl Richardson lowered his shoulder against safety T.J. McDonald in the open field and put McDonald on his back. Known for his speed, it was a rare burst of power for Richardson.
- Running back Benny Cunningham got some work on kick returns Tuesday. As a player fighting for a potential fourth running back spot, any special teams ability he shows could help his cause.
- There was a brief skirmish when linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and tackle Jake Long got tangled up during team drills. The two grabbed each other’s facemasks and shoved each other a bit before being separated.