By Sam Gordon

The Massachusetts Pirates have taken an extra step to sure up their wide receiver depth.

The team has signed James Quick to an already growing group of pass catchers.

The Louisville alum is excited to get going in what will be his arena football debut.

“Just the opportunity to continue to pursue my football career,” Quick said to masspiratesfootball.com. “To go out and compete and help a team win championships because that is essentially what I play football for is to win championships.

At Louisville, Quick was one of the top targets for quarterback Lamar Jackson. Quick says he learned so much in his time at college with the NFL First-team All-Pro.

“Just being with that guy, it was always fun and a great time,” Quick said about Jackson. “Seeing him with the success he has now, I’m proud of him. I always looked at him as a younger brother that can go out there and no matter what people say about you, go out and compete at a high level.”

No matter what team it is, there is always a high standard in sports when it comes to Massachusetts. Quick is happy to be a part of the passionate environment that the Bay State has to offer.

“I’m always excited to be in a big sports town, because I play football to make people happy,” Quick said. “Football is a great sport for fans to come out and watch, so I’m very excited and grateful [to be here].”

Pirates general manager Jawad Yatim is excited to see Quick at training camp.

“James is an explosive player who can stretch the field for us. He was exceptional at Louisville where he averaged over 16 yards per catch throughout his career. We always want to put pressure on opposing defenses with our speed and adding James is only gonna help us in those regards. Certainly glad to have him and look forward to meeting him come March.”

Louisville wide receivers have had success playing their football in Massachusetts. One in particular is 2004 Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch.  Quick is up to the challenge to become the Deion Branch for the Pirates.

“Absolutely [I can be that guy for the Pirates],” Quick said. “It’s some big shoes to fill, but it’s a challenge that I am willing to accept.”