Obviously there are plenty of reasons to expect the St. Louis Rams’ 2012 offense to be better than the 2011 version, but rookie wide receivers Brian Quick</a> and Chris Givens are two very important ones. Both players will likely be immediate insertions into the team’s rotation of pass catchers and are also probable to see their fair share of the pigskin this season.
With the Rams best wideout from a year ago in Brandon Lloyd set to catch passes from Tom Brady this season with the New England Patriots, the team was left to pretty much rebuild from scratch at the position. Sure Danny Amendola and Danario Alexander are still around, but quarterback Sam Bradford needs some dynamic players to catch the football.
Speaking of the man under center, Bradford offered these thoughts on his newest weapons saying: “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. Then Quick, it’s just extremely impressive watching him move. As big as he is, as tall as he is, he gets in and out of breaks really well.”
That type of praise bodes well for the future of the Rams’ passing attack with a speedster in Givens to take the top off of defenses while Quick can roam the underneath routes and methodically march the ball down the field. Each of these players should see plenty of repetitions in practice given the lack of competition at the position.
While the offense will undoubtedly be better than the 193 points that the club managed all of last season, the success of the offensive line will determine just how much better they will be. If Bradford has time to survey the field and pick out the open man in the coming season, these two newcomers will become his go-to receivers in no time.