Why the Eagles should target FA Brian Quick
22 January 2017 Eagles News
When news broke last night of the eventual hiring of WR coach Mike Groh, everyone began to associate him with his past players who happen to be free agents. Names like Alshon Jeffery, Brandon Marshall, and Kenny Britt were being thrown around. However, one player’s name was left out. That player is Brian Quick and he should definitely be on the Eagles’ radar.
Quick has yet to really make a name for himself in the NFL. Standing 6’3 and weighing 218 pounds, he is a bigger wide receiver. However, the former 2nd round pick has only been a complementary receiver in the NFL.
Quick is not going to be the pro bowl caliber receiver you want, but he will add solid depth to this team. here is why the Eagles should sign him.
Here are two big reasons why the Eagles should sign him.
Improvement under Groh
In his first year working with Groh, Quick set career highs in every statistical category. He finished the season with 41 receptions for 534 yards and three touchdowns. He also averaged 13.8 yards a reception, which is a better average than Jordan Matthews, Nelson Agholor, and Dorial Green-Beckham. He would also be third on the Eagles in receiving yards behind Matthews and Zach Ertz.
The sky is the limit here. He is a low-risk player who showed immediate improvement under Groh. Who knows, maybe in another year with Groh, Quick will become an established receiver.
Quick is a low-risk, cheap free agent. You are not going to be highly invested, almost like the Chris Givens and Rueben Randle signing this past offseason. If Quick does not work out, you release him like Givens and Randle.
This past season, Quick had a $1.7 million cap hit. Being on a “prove it” contract, Quick was really playing for a big payday. He did set career highs in all receiving categories, however, it still was not enough for the Rams to keep him. He will most likely be on another “prove it” contract this next season.
Is he a smart signing?
Quick is not going to come in and light it up. He will be a solid wide receiver who will catch his passes and make plays. Right now, he would be the 2nd best receiver on the Eagles. Giving him a small contract is absolutely a smart move.
Groh and Quick worked very well the first time together. There is no reason to believe it will not be another successful season for the two the second time around.