New Redskins wide receiver Brian Quick is coming off the best season of his career, hoping his positive play will extend into his first season in Washington.
Brian Quick is coming to Washington to prove his 2016 season is just the start of a fruitful career as he enters his late 20s.
The 27-year-old produced career highs in receptions (41) and receiving yards (564) while hauling in three touchdown receptions.
His 41 receptions doubled the total he produced during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, and he was able to find the end zone after being held out of it for 16 straight games at one point.
In part, Quick’s uptick was the result of being healthy again. His 2014 season was cut short after seven games because of a torn rotator cuff. The Appalachian State product returned in Week 4 of the 2015 season, but he only caught 10 passes for 102 yards in 13 games.
“It was progression,” Quick said on “Redskins Nation.” “I feel like I am progressing and I was getting better as the years went along. Before I got hurt in 2014, my numbers were doing good but that happened and it was a setback. I got back on track last year, so I felt that this was something I could improve on this year coming up if what I can really bring to the table.”
Los Angeles Rams wide receivers coach Mike Groh, who has since joined the Philadelphia Eagles’ coaching staff, was able to tap into Quick’s athletic potential.
“He coached me as a wide receiver and brought the best out of me with things that I didn’t think I could do,” Quick said. “He just brought the best out of me and it showed on the field. I feel that I could have been a lot better but just progressing as a receiver and as a person he definitely helped me out a lot.”
Quick was signed by the Redskins more than two weeks after free agency officially began on March 9.
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The process of finding a new home after five seasons with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams was difficult, but he’s excited to be joining an offense that just set a new franchise record for net yards in a single season with 6,454.
“Just being picked up I am thankful and grateful to be a part of this organization,” Quick said. “And [for] getting the opportunity.”
Washington’s receiving corps has changed quite since the 2016 regular season finale, as six-foot Pierre Garçon and 5-foot-10 DeSean Jackson signed with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers respectively. In their place, 6-foot-4 Terrelle Pryor Sr. and Quick, 6-foot-3, have been signed in free agency.
Josh Doctson, of course, is hoping for a breakout season in 2017 after the 6-foot-2 wideout missed the final 14 games of his rookie year.
Having that trio could help steer a red zone offense that finished 30th in efficiency (46 percent) during the Redskins’ 8-7-1 performance.
“I am a big bodied go up and get it type of guy,” Quick said. “I can play in the slot as well, but I feel I am more of a physical guy that can body DBs up and just make plays.”
Quick added: “They are going to challenge me and I will challenge them as well.”
“That’s the great thing about it because we’re going to make everything better for the team and organization just by competing,” Quick said.