Robert Quinn starting to turn heads for Rams

Robert Quinn is making up for lost time.

In a hurry.

The St. Louis Rams defensive end is starting to display some of the rare tools that have the organization so excited about what he can add to a young and improving unit. Quinn notched his first sack in the team’s preseason game vs. Kansas City last week, and he’s doing more than starting to compile statistics.

"He will help us this year as he learns to play that (end) position," Rams defensive coordinator Ken Flajole said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "He's been out of football. Last year, as you know, he didn't get a chance to play. So we're knocking the rust off a little bit.

"It was encouraging to see him play the other night against Kansas City. It looked like he was starting to come on. You're seeing the signs of progress, things that he does on the practice field he's now being able to transfer them into the game."

Quinn was forced to sit out all last season at North Carolina. Then, the lockout took its toll on him like all rookies. His knee was a little banged up from training during the summer, and he missed much of the first week of camp because of the birth of his son.

He’s catching up though.

"I didn't know him two months ago as well as I know him now, but I'm very surprised," Flajole said. "He's a bright kid. He asks good questions. If he makes a mistake, he very rarely repeats it, which tells me a couple things: He's bright. He cares. He wants to be good.

"And if he's got those qualities, factored in with his God-given ability, I think he can be a special player."

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