St. Louis Rams

August 18, 2014

Rams hope Quick's catch is a sign he's ready for a breakout season

It was the kind of play that wide receiver Brian Quick has made often during practice.

Only this time, it was during a game.

Quick leaped high in the air between defenders to snatch a pass over the middle from quarterback Sam Bradford early in the second quarter of the St. Louis Rams' 21-7 preseason loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

"He's made a lot of those type of plays in camp,'' Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. "I believe that he's crossed the line now and he's able to take what he's doing in practice and carry it over to a game."

Quick, who is entering his third season in the NFL, downplayed the significance of the catch.

"The coaches put me in a good position to make a play, and as receivers that's what we have to do,'' Quick said.

But, Quick did say he was glad to have Bradford, who missed the final nine games of the 2013 season with a torn ACL, back in action under game conditions.

"It feels real good,'' Quick said. "Who doesn't want to catch passes from Sam? He's a great player, a great quarterback, a teammate. It was a lot of fun to go out there.''

Fisher said the play showed the kind trust that Bradford has developed in Quick.

"Sam anticipated, he put it up in the air and gave Brian a chance to go up and make the play,'' Fisher said."He comes down and he picks up some additional yards, so it was a good throw. It was all anticipation. Sam trusted he was going to be in that spot where he needed to be, he cut the ball loose and he went up and got it."

Quick picked 41 yards on the play, the Rams' longest play from scrimmage in the game.

"That was an extremely tough catch and to see him climb the ladder and go get that ball and then come down and get some yards after that catch,'' Bradford said. "I told you guys the other day, we've seen a lot of that from him during OTAs and during training camp. I expect to see a lot more out of him this year doing that."

Three plays later, Bradford went back to Quick on a third-and-7 play.

Bradford's pass was incomplete, but Green Bay's Sam Shields was called for pass interference.

"Obviously that corner knew he was 1-on-1 with Quickie,'' Bradford said. "Quickie made a nice release, ended up getting a pass interference penalty and kept our drive alive."

The Rams haven't gotten the kind of production they expected out of the 6-foot-3, 218-pound Quick when they took him with the first pick in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

The Appalachian State product had 29 catches over the last two seasons. He had 11 catches for 156 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012 and 18 catches for 302 yards and two touchdowns last season.

Could this be a breakout season for Quick?

"I feel a lot more comfortable,'' Quick said. "It was more of a thinking process last year. Now this year, I'm making sure those mistsakes are very limited. I'm coming to work every day focused.''

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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