How Trey Quinn compares
When examining the best Mr. Irrelevant picks of all-time, it’s abundantly clear that none are too spectacular. What the best of the bunch were able to do is separate themselves from others at their position and find ways to make an impact at the NFL level.
All of the top Mr. Irrelevants were role players. While some had seasons in which they were the primary starter, more of the seasons reflect that they were some sort of backup player who came in during nickel packages or helped out greatly on special teams. They all had one goal: be able to do what is asked of them and produce for the team.
Trey Quinn absolutely has to think of this opportunity in the same way. He’s definitely a good receiver with excellent route running ability and solid athleticism. But before he can be a productive receiver, he has to earn his way onto the team. And before he can realistically see the field on offense, he has to win the No. 4 receiver spot. That is absolutely doable for him, but he will have to show value on special teams and he will need to demonstrate good hands.
Quinn has the tools necessary to add himself to this list of quality Mr. Irrelevants. He has the talent to even top it. And the way for him to get there is prove himself as a pass catcher and win a job on special teams. Look for him to do that over the course of the offseason.