Notebook 10/23: New Quarterbacks Eager to Contribute

Posted Oct 23, 2013

As they shuffled back to their respective lockers, positioned side-by-side, following Wednesday afternoon’s practice, the Rams’ newest additions had similar views regarding the sequence of events that had them both arriving at Rams Park.

Less than 72 hours since QB Sam Bradford left Sunday’s game with a torn ACL, quarterbacks Brady Quinn and Austin Davis were added to the Rams’ roster and were on the Rams Park practice field, throwing to receivers. Both excited to be back on the field, though it would be difficult for either to envision the scenario transpiring as it did.

“It’s been a little bit crazy, but that’s the world we live in in the NFL,” Quinn said.

At the time of Bradford’s injury, Quinn was a member of the New York Jets. Following his release on Monday, Quinn traveled to St. Louis for a workout on Tuesday and was later added to the roster. While Quinn is new to the Rams’ offensive scheme, he expects to be able to draw on his previous experience. A six-year veteran who is now on his sixth different team, Quinn is well-versed in needing to adapt to new coaches and playbooks quickly.

“I’ve been in enough systems that there’s a lot of similarities,” Quinn said. “You can always pull things from here and there, but it’s like learning a different language, learning how to speak a little different. Your difference is maybe Spanish and Portuguese, where some things are the same and some are different.”

For Davis, who was familiar with the Rams’ offense from his time with the Rams last year and during this season’s training camp, the time away came to a welcome conclusion, even if not with the most ideal of circumstances.

“It’s been a tough six weeks, and it feels like two years,” Davis said. “Just kind of sitting around waiting and just trying to get back in here. It’s unfortunate, Sam’s a good friend and he was really playing well this year, so it’s not an ideal situation, but I’ve got a job to do.”

Davis, who had received workouts from other teams over the past month but had not been signed, had recently been working out with the quarterbacks at Westminster Christian Academy in Chesterfield to stay sharp. Given his previous experience in the Rams’ offensive scheme, a return to St. Louis was ideal for Davis.

“Offensively, I think the biggest benefit of coming back here is knowing the system,” Davis said. The terminology is all familiar and you hit the ground running. In a way, it feels like you never left.”