Brian Quick has long been divisive among Rams fans. Since joining the TST staff a little over a year ago, I've made my affinity for Quick clear. But after the Jake Long and Sam Bradford injuries the past few years, fans are jaded when it comes to serious injuries. The skittishness is understandable and unfortunate when it comes to Quick, considering that he was starting to quell his critics with his hot start last season.
With sub-par quarterbacking all of last season, Kenny Britt still managed to put up respectable stats. With improved QB play, it's easy to argue that Britt will be the Rams #1 WR in 2015. However, the Rams smash-mouth offense dictates that WRs be able to run-block. Quick has a distinct advantage there over Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, and Chris Givens. Quick and Britt won't really be 1 and 2 on the depth chart, but more of a 1A and 1B.
The primary battle for Quick will be his health. He has to show that he is 100% back from his shoulder injury.
Snead and Fisher have preached patience from day one with Quick, but the time for patience has passed. After drafting him, Rams WR coach Ray Sherman compared Quick to Terrell Owens. After his rookie season, Snead compared him to Vincent Jackson. It's time for him to start producing like a #1 WR.
First and foremost, I expect Quick to get his shoulder right so that he can pick up where he left off early last season. As far as stats are concerned, at a bare minimum I would expect Quick to put up numbers similar to what Kenny Britt produced last year (50/750/3 TDs).
In a best case scenario, he could go off with Nick Foles and produce like Jeremy Maclin (85/1300/10 TDs). The reality probably lies somewhere in the middle. I have hopes that he can be the Rams 1st 1,000 yard receiver since Torry Holt in 2007.
65 catches for 1,000+ Yards and 7+ TDs would make me a happy camper.
Chances of Making Final Roster (10/10)
This regime has too much invested in Quick for him not to make the Final Roster. Indications are that Quick is progressing through his rehab and could be ready for week 1, meaning that he's not going anywhere. Barring a setback that lands him on the PUP (knock on wood) Quick will be starting week one against the Seahawks