We’ve written pretty extensively about Brian Quick’s struggles through his first two professional seasons and lamented the fact that the Rams could have had Chicago Bears stud receiver Alshon Jeffery instead.
However, what if part of Quick’s struggles can be attributed to the fact that he hasn’t had a sufficient mentor to help show him how to use his large frame (6’3, 218 pounds) sufficiently? Not only has Quick never had a teammate who’s a big-body receiver, he’s also never played with a teammate that has eclipsed 700 yards in a season.
Jeffery (6’3, 216), who is almost the exact same size as Quick, was lucky enough to land on a team with a proven superstar receiver in Brandon Marshall. Marshall (6’4, 230) immediately took Jeffery under his wing, and Jeffery responded by putting together a monster season in 2013. He appears poised to be join the superstar receiver club along with Marshall.
Quick’s career, meanwhile, has been stuck in neutral. But could that change?
Sounds like Kenny Britt is the "mentor" Brian Quick needed to unleash his inner beast! Could be a deadly duo…
— Nathan Kearns (@nkearns12) July 28, 2014
It could very well be Britt training someone to take his own job. Seems like he's already rubbed off on Quick with body control/boxing out
— Brennan Smith (@BrennanJSmith) July 28, 2014
Britt and Quick once again.everywhere together. Quick made a great catch and Britt pounded his back #ramscamp
— Jim Fadler (@jimiramsboy) July 28, 2014
As you can see, a popular theory floated around Twitter over the past few days posits that newly signed veteran receiver Kenny Britt (6’3, 223) has been the perfect companion for Quick. Britt is obviously not in the same league as Marshall, and in fact, the former first-rounder was just about as big a disappointment for the Titans as Quick has been for the Rams so far.
However, Britt has had some decent success in the NFL, especially before his injuries/arrests in 2011. He topped 700 yards in each of his first two seasons and became known as one of the better red zone threats in the league with 12 total touchdowns in those first two seasons.
Britt’s career has taken an unseemly detour since then, but he appears to have at least a good portion of his mojo back. Rams fans should be pleased that Britt’s using some of that re-gained mojo to help Quick find his.