ST. LOUIS Brian Quick cradles the ball in the middle of a practice field, the hope of a franchise resting in his hands. Its the second session of a rookie minicamp at Rams Park, and the St. Louis Rams future at wide receiver wants to make an impression.
Quick searches for open space against defenders during drills. The pace is light, but the man taken 33rd overall earns rave reviews for his potential from coach Jeff Fisher after the workout. Before walking into the locker room at the ContinuityX Training Center, he stops and addresses his first taste of NFL life.
Nothing caught me by surprise, Quick says, a crowd gathered around him. I expected this. Its my job. Im supposed to handle my job and do the things to get better. Nothing really surprised.
With time, he answers questions about lessons gained from his first two practices as a professional. He speaks with a confidence that will help him when he manages expectations that come with being the first wide receiver taken in t...