Monday, November 18, 2013
Morning Ram-blings: A Quick update
By Nick Wagoner
ST. LOUIS -- Brian Quick is without question one of the most intriguing players on the St. Louis Rams roster.
Quick's combination of size and athleticism make him the one wide receiver on the team who, at a glance, has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver. Of course, any discussion of such a role would be folly at this point in his career given that there have only been small flashes of said talent in his first season and a half plus.
We've previously discussed the expanded role of Quick in the offense as the season has developed but let it not go without mention how valuable he has been to the offense even if it hasn't necessarily been because of big receiving numbers.
Quick is, without question, the team's best blocking wide receiver. For evidence, one need look no further than Tavon Austin's 81 yard catch and run touchdown against Indianapolis.
"He’s doing a lot of things that maybe don’t make the headlines, but are helping us win," quarterback Kellen Clemens said. "You look at the long touchdown that Tavon had, the catch and run. There’s a reason why that entire half of the field was wide open when he turned the corner. It’s because Brian Quick took his man and put him into the Gatorade cooler. He really did. Go back and watch it. It’s awesome. It’s awesome to watch. He’s doing a great job. He’s got a role on this football and he’s doing a great job in that role.”
That role is allowing Quick to stay on the field even as he continues to feel his way through the other aspects of the game. One of the major points of emphasis for Quick has centered on using his 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame to be a physical presence on the field. Much of that emphasis has been focused on Quick battling for contested catches or outmuscling smaller defensive backs for the ball.
While there have been glimpses of that, Quick does seem to be embracing the chance to get down and dirty as a blocker.
“You go back and watch No. 83 you’re going to see a few of them," Clemens said. "He’s a good player. He’s a complete player, obviously still a lot of room for him to continue to develop because he’s got a lot of ability. But, we really like the progress that he’s made and the potential that he’s showing.”
The Rams can only hope that Quick's recent surge as a blocker is a harbinger of things to come when his chances to catch the ball arrive on a more regular basis.
Bye weekend roundup:
Here on ESPN.com, we offered up a weekend TV guide. Hope everyone enjoyed the games from the weekend even if it was difficult to get through without a Rams game.
At 101sports.com, home of 101 ESPN radio in St. Louis, former Rams receiver Torry Holt expresses his disappointment in Rams tight end Jared Cook and Quick.
Speaking of 101 ESPN, I had a blast filling in as a co-host for the morning show on Thursday and Friday. Full audio of those shows with plenty of Rams discussion involved can be found here.
A little late on this but the man they call the Stats Doctor at 101 ESPN, provides a look back at the Rams-Colts game from a statistical perspective.
At stltoday.com, Jim Thomas takes an interesting look at how the departed Rams from the 2012 team are faring in new locales.
Thomas also evaluated the performance of Clemens in his three starts since taking over for quarterback Sam Bradford.
From Turf Show Times, an interesting piece on the use of bunch formations around the league with some concentration on the Rams.
They also take a look at the potential value in bringing Clemens back for another year in 2014.
This storyline will get plenty of play this week, including in this space, but Dan Pompei takes a good look at Bears offensive tackle Kyle Long.
The Associated Press discusses the Rams defense and how its core was already in place when Jeff Fisher arrived.
More from the AP: Austin gives the Rams a much needed play maker.
At stlouisrams.com, Jonathan Webb posits that the Rams' youth movement is doing better than expected.
More there, the video highlights of Austin from his breakthrough performance.