Joe Lyons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a look at receiver Brian Quick and running back Isaiah Pead. Both arrived via round two in 2012. Neither has actually arrived.
Quick finished his rookie season with 11 receptions, Pead with 10 rushes. The latter landed at No. 3 on the depth chart, thanks to missing offseason workouts due to the outdated rule prohibiting participation until a school’s exams have concluded.
“The crazy thing was, I wasn’t even in school at the time,’’ Pead said. “So I was just sitting around.
“I had a playbook, but I couldn’t explain it to myself. I missed all but a week of [offseason practices] last year, so this year, I just feel like I’m that much farther along.’’
And so, for now, Pead’s not miserable.
“New year, new season. That’s the way I look at it,’’ Pead said. “The second year, it’s completely different because you have a better idea of what to expect and you have a better idea of what’s expected of you.
“Last year obviously didn’t go the way I wanted, but I survived it and I’m ready to move forward.’’
Quick basically said the same thing.
“Last year, for me, was a learning year, and that’s something I’m looking to build on,’’ Quick said. “It’s a big step, coming to the NFL because everything at this level, physically and mentally, is so much faster. You have to adjust, but you can’t force it.
“But now, after that first year, I really feel like I have a better feel for the offense and my role here. I’m ready to take my game to the next level.’’
Pead has a better chance to make an impact, given that Steven Jackson is gone and the Rams didn’t replace him with a veteran.
“We’re all competitors and we’re all looking to be No. 1,’’ Pead said. “But it’s not like we’re enemies. We’re truly a unit, trying to do everything we can to make sure that we’re all getting better, as individuals and as a group.’’
For Quick, having rookies Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey around could cut into the total opportunities, but it also could make it easier for Quick to get open since the much-hyped youngsters will be getting more attention.
Regardless, the team that was viewed as having a great draft in 2012 needs a strong contribution from a pair of second-round picks who haven’t contributed much so far.