The Redskins will expect more out of WR Josh Doctson this season, especially with the departures of DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garçon to other NFC teams in free agency while Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Brian Quick need time to acclimate to a new offense.
“I’m happy,” Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said last week at the NFL’s annual League Meetings in Phoenix when asked about the tweet. “That’s a big thing with him. We took it really slow. I think Larry Hess and the training room did a great job with him. We sent him to a lot of doctors to try and figure out what was wrong with him. We took it slow and I think he’s in a good place mentally and that’s half the battle. We’ll continue to gradually build him through OTAs and the mandatory camp so hopefully we’ll get him to full speed in training camp and go from there. I’m excited as heck to watch him play.”
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Quick is still only 27 and has been playing in the league's worst passing offense of the last few years. Still, he has had his moments. Over the last four seasons, in the 17 games where he was targeted at least five times, he averaged 3.4 catches for 51 yards and 0.24 TD per game (9.9 PPG in PPR formats). When the threshold is bumped up to six-plus targets (11 games), his averages are 3.6-62-0.36 (12.0 PPG). In 2014, he averaged 54 yards per game (on 5.6 targets) in seven games with Austin Davis at quarterback. Given the number of targets available in Washington after the departure of both Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson, it's not inconceivable that Quick carves out a significant role in a much better passing game than the one he's been a part of over the last few seasons.
Friday, December 30, 2016, 6:42pm
Rams WR Kenny Britt (shoulder, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 17. Britt won’t play, which is more of a downgrade for Jared Goff than an upgrade for anyone else. Tavon Austin and Brian Quick should lead the receivers in fantasy points.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Rams WR Tavon Austin (chest, doubtful) missed practice all week and is doubtful for Week 13. It’s a bump for Kenny Britt, Brian Quick and Pharoh Cooper, though the Rams’ passing game is not to be trusted.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6:25pm
Rams WR Brian Quick (calf, questionable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 6. It’s a downgrade which is a bit worrisome. The Rams play early on Sunday.
Thursday, October 6, 2016, 6:05pm
HC Jeff Fisher said "the line of scrimmage was full of Cardinals" on Sunday, as is normally the case. So the Rams used Todd Gurley a little bit more in the passing game. He hauled in a one-handed catch on a lob pass that turned into a 33-yard gain early in the third quarter, then converted a key third-and-8 down the stretch, running out to the flat, catching Case Keenum's throw, cutting to the inside and gaining the extra yardage two plays before Brian Quick caught the winning touchdown.
Gurley finished with five catches for 49 yards, giving him a more respectable 82 yards from scrimmage.
Pass-catching ability is an underrated part of Gurley's game, a skill that wasn't on display very often during a rookie season that saw him finish as the NFL's third-leading rusher. But the story said the running lanes just aren't there right now so the Rams will continue to use Gurley in the passing game.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 9:07am
Then he got to Brian Quick.
"Brian needs to catch the football," Fisher said. "Your receivers have to catch it, not drop it."
Catching is indeed is the fundamental skill required, and it is one Quick continues to struggle with. Quick's catch percentage last season, 31.3, was the eighth-lowest in the NFL. He had 32 targets and hauled in only 10 of those. And on Saturday, a 21-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, Quick played with the second-team offense and caught only two of the five passes thrown to him by rookie quarterback Jared Goff.
It's a curious move by Quick since it seems like he fell out of favor in 2015 as he came back from a shoulder injury.
The Rams have reportedly traded WR Chris Givens to the Baltimore Ravens on the back of the news that WR Brian Quick is set to make his 2015 debut after three weeks among the inactives and the addition of an extra WR on the practice squad in recently signed Nick Toon.
With Givens the seeming impediment ahead of Quick on the depth chart, who knows what has gone down inside the front office in dealing with the wide receivers over the last month.
Givens was a fourth-round selection for the Rams in the RGII trade-boosted 2012 NFL Draft who was in his contract year with free agency looming in the 2016 offseason.
“There’s a chance that he’ll be up this week,” coach Jeff Fisher told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch of Quick, who has been inactive for the first three games despite not appearing on the injury list.
We wouldn't run out and pick up Quick though he's definitely a player to monitor this week. He was posting WR3-type numbers before his injury last season.
Fisher said earlier this week that Quick hasn't been ruled out for this week's game against Pittsburgh, but chances are Quick will have to remain patient for at least another week.
“It’s like anybody that’s missed a significant part of the offseason program and was limited in training camp, you’re going to be a little bit behind," Fisher said. "That’s his only issue. So I’d like to think he’s caught up by this point.”
Quick's case is curious since he was far and away the team's best receiver for the first part of the season in 2014 and according to everyone involved, he's completely healthy. He's worth a stash in larger formats, but it may be a while before he works his way into the starting lineup.
Other than that, to my eye, he's clearly been the team's best and most consistent receiver. He looks healthy, he sounds determined and he has a greater appreciation of the game after having it taken from him last year because of a devastating shoulder injury.
Does that mean Quick will become the No. 1 type of dominant wideout many hope he can? I don't know if I'd go that far. But barring a setback, I expect him to be the team's most productive pass catcher in 2015.
You've probably read a few stories on 4for4 about the Rams WRs, mostly how they don't have one standout but they expect to excel as a group. That's not always a good sign for fantasy owners, and while we have Quick rated the highest of the Rams WR, he's only 52nd on our list. The Ram WRs are more of late-round adds to fantasy teams for depth with the hope one stands out. Quick may at least give you the best odds.
"We're keeping him off the ground, but he's running," HC Jeff Fisher said. "He's still got a little bit of motion and flexibility to work on and some strength. But by all means, we expect him to be back."
Quick was posting solid WR3 numbers in both standard and PPR formats before his shoulder injury in Week 8. He's currently the 50th WR off the board at the end of the 10th round. The arrival of Nick Foles should be good for his prospects in 2015.
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