So, I was going through some of my old things I had boxed up and came across some old trading cards. One of them happened to be of Isaac Bruce. I turned it around looking at the stats and what not, and something caught my eye. His rookie season.
21 Catches 272 yards 3 TD's
I instantly thought of Brian Quick. Both from small schools, both taken in the 2nd round with high expectations, and both were dissapointing in their rookie seasons. Here are Quicks numbers:
11 Catches 156 yards 2 TD's
I took this snippet from ESPN:
Quick, the Rams' second round pick (33rd overall) was arguably the only major disappointment in the Rams' 2012 draft class. The youngster out of Appalachian State has all the measurables and intangibles, but he was just never able to put it together on the field. There was talk that the size the breadth of the NFL playbook overwhelmed him, and even Isaac Bruce, another former Ram wideout from a small college, said it took him over a year and half to get comfortable and figure out the NFL game, so all is not lost. If Quick puts in the work over the long offseason and dedicates himself he could be a great sleeper pick in 2013. He's definitely a guy to keep an eye on early in camp next year.
I would love to see Quick put it all together the way Ike did. With an entire offseason of learning the playbook, being coached, and even some private workouts with Sam, I believe he could. Is he going to go out and challenge the single season receiving record the way Ike did in his second year? Probably not, but I would love to see him put up 1,000 yards!