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Rams Second Round Wide Receiver Brian Quick Agrees to Rookie Contract
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Rams have agreed to terms with Brian Quick, 33rd overall pick (first pick of second round).
The only Rams rookies who remain unsigned are—coincidentally or not—both cornerbacks: second-round corner Janoris Jenkins and third-round defensive back Trumaine Johnson.
Both should be signed well before training camp begins next month.
According to this post from Turf Show Times, Quick's deal is expected to be for four years and approximately $5.4 million dollars.
Center Scott Wells Has Knee Surgery
The mysterious absence from OTA's by free-agent acquisition Scott Wells has been answered, at least in part.
According to this piece from Kathleen Nelson for stltoday.com, Wells has underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee (not sure which one). Head coach Jeff Fisher asserts that Wells will be good to go for training camp:
He had a little knee issue that's already behind him. He has been scoped. He's doing fine. I would have probably held him out of this (mini camp), but he'll be fine for camp.
Wells will take care of protections at the line this year, making Sam Bradford's job a little easier. The 2011 Pro Bowl center should be a significant asset to the Rams offensive line.
Rookie Wideouts Brian Quick and Chris Givens Are Bonding
According to this update from Ron Clements of cbssports.com, rookie receivers Brian Quick and Chris Givens are bonding:
If we don't know anything, we ask each other or we'll ask the quarterback, but most of the time we're asking each other. We know it, it's just you've got to feel comfortable. But that's the relationship we have and we're getting closer to each other.
Quick and Givens are each expected to see plenty of action this season. Although the public expectations generally seem higher for Quick (Round 2), I feel that Givens (Round 4) could be one of the biggest steals of the entire draft.
Givens not only possesses elite speed but also entered the NFL as a terrific route runner. It is awfully nice (and not particularly common) for a player to possess that combination entering the league.
Steven Jackson Expects Robert Quinn to Have a Breakout Season
According to another report via Ron Clements of CBS Sports, Rams running back Steven Jackson expects big things from second year defensive end Robert Quinn, a first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft:
I'm very excited and looking forward to watching Robert Quinn. He's a natural pass rusher and working opposite Chris Long with the coaching he's receiving, if there's anybody I'd tell our fans to look for, it'd be Robert.
As I wrote about recently, I expect big things from the tandem of Quinn and Chris Long.
Please click here for many more new Rams updates from Clements at cbssports.com.
Rams Q-and-A Session With Jim Thomas
Rams beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch answered a plethora of questions from St. Louis fans in his weekly chat, as you can read here.
Topics covered included the ongoing lease negotiations, questions on individual players like tight end Lance Kendricks, inquires about the rookies and much more.
Among other things, Thomas suggests that eventually Brian Quick or Chris Givens will become the team's No. 1 wide receiver.
Jackson Challenges Brian Quick To Make an Impact in 2012
According to a column from Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Steven Jackson is applying positive pressure to rookie wideout Brian Quick and is expecting him to have a big rookie year:
I'm sure (receivers coach Ray) Sherman will get him right. But over the next six weeks, he's going to have to work real hard to be prepared for a long season, because we're going to lean on him, lean heavily on him. He's a high draft pick and we're going to need someone on the outside to make plays and I'm challenging him right now because we're going to need him to prepare himself over the next six weeks to be a standout on this team.
He's a big target, but he has a little ways to go. What I mean by that is he's coming from Appalachian State. Nothing against it, but it's a (big) difference. It's a difference coming on this field and it's a difference having the mentality of a pro.
Quick, as shared by Burwell, says he will be ready for the challenge:
I'm in my playbook. Every day I come out here to get better and I want to be that guy who can help the team. If that's what it takes, if (Jackson) wants to challenge me, I'm going to step up to the plate and make plays and do the things I need to do to help the team and be a better player.
For much, much more on Jackson and Quick, please read the above-linked piece in full.
St. Louis scored just 12 offensive touchdowns last season. Quick's size (6'4') and athleticism make a potentially impacting red zone target and touchdown producer.
Chris Givens In a Hurry to Make an Impact for St. Louis
Stlouisrams.com senior writer Nick Wagoner shared a great feature piece yesterday on Rams rookie receiver Chris Givens.
Wagoner shares how Bradford is impressed with Givens thus far:
Givens first of all is extremely fast. I think he’s a guy that defenses are going to have to be extremely aware of. If they fall asleep on him for a half second at all, he’s going to be by them. I think that’s nice to have, just that added speed.
Rams general manager Les Snead also shared his impressions in regard to the speedy rookie:
He was a fast player at the Combine. He’s a 4.3 guy on the clock but I think you better be able to figure out, like I’ve said, if he can play fast. And this guy plays very, very fast. I think that’s just going to give us a dimension. He’ll be one of our fastest receivers on our team so that’s just going to open up things for (other guys).
Wagoner suggests that Givens speed is clearly evident on the practice field, something sure to make St. Louis fans smile.
For his part, Givens feels like he and fellow rookie Brian Quick could be a very tough combo to stop:
We watch each other so much and just try to help each other out so he can be the best receiver he can be and I can be the best receiver I can be. If we are both doing our thing we could be hard to stop.
Givens is anxious to exceed everyone's expectations:
Really, I just want to exceed everyone’s expectations. My goal is to be better than what people expect me to be. I am going to go out and leave it all out there on the field on Sundays and let the rest take care of itself.
Please read the aforementioned article in full via the above link from stlouisrams.com for much, much more on Givens.
St. Louis Post- Dispatch Feature on Rookie Running Back Isaiah Pead
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch shared a terrific feature piece on rookie running back Isaiah Pead, as you can read here.
The piece takes a look all the way back to Pead at the age of three, when he took his first hit...from a car.
Besides more interesting background from Thomas on Pead, Pead shared his own thoughts related to the beginnings of his NFL career with St. Louis:
I'm looking forward to helping this team win, and looking forward to playing on Sunday. That's what you dream of. When I do get in, it's gonna be for the good.
I'm a football player. I'm a winner, and also a competitor. I want to win. And if it's being a third-down back, then I'll make the best of it. I'm also wanting to compete one day to be the starter. But at the same time, I'm not selfish and I'm understanding.
Pead's mentor, if you will, Steven Jackson, is excited about what he sees in the youngster from the University of Cincinnati:
Very quick, very shifty, really explosive. All the things that you read and hear about — he possesses those things. As the season goes, I'll get to know him a little more. I mean, you hate to try to comment on somebody after just meeting them for a couple days. But he's a great talent and he's a great kid as well.
Look for Pead to serve as the best backup that Jackson has had during the entirety of his career with the Rams and to provide a terrific change of pace from the bruising style of three time Pro Bowl honoree Jackson.
Rams Begin Mandatory Mini Camp With Excitement
According to an article by Tony Softli for 101sports.com, the Rams coaches and players began mini camp with excitement and eagerness.
Softli shared quotes from Jeff Fisher and Steven Jackson and offers great background information and insight into the happenings at Rams Park.
Have a great day as always, STL Rams Nation.
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