Robert Quinn
Robert Quinn
29-Year-Old Defensive EndDE
Dallas Cowboys
2019 Fantasy Outlook
After seven seasons with the Rams, Quinn headed to Miami last year and was a dependable anchor off the edge, playing all 16 games for the first time since 2014 and racking up 6.5 sacks. Acquired by the Cowboys via trade, he now joins a squad that has had difficulty finding a secondary weapon to bookend DeMarcus Lawrence in the pass rush, which should afford Quinn plenty of opportunity to pad his totals. Quinn's first full sack as a Cowboy will be the 70th of his career. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Cowboys in March of 2019.
Traded for sixth-round draft pick
DEDallas Cowboys
March 28, 2019
Quinn was traded to the Cowboys on Thursday in exchange for a 2020 sixth-round draft pick, Al Diaz of the Miami Herald reports.
Quinn agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Cowboys to make it work and Miami won't have to pay any of it. Combined with the departure of Cameron Wake, the Dolphins now have a huge need on the edge going into this year's draft. Quinn, meanwhile, will team up with Demarcus Lawrence in Dallas to form one of the better pass-rush tandems leaguewide.
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Measurables Review
How do Robert Quinn's measurables compare to other defensive ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 4"
257 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.62 sec
Shuttle Time
4.40 sec
Cone Drill
7.13 sec
Vertical Jump
34.0 in
Broad Jump
116 in
Bench Press
22 reps
Hand Length
10.13 in
Arm Length
34.00 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Miami gave up a fourth-rounder to acquire the former All-Pro from the Rams and bolster their front seven. Quinn was one of the top defensive players in the league from 2012 to 2014, during which time he racked up an astounding 40 sacks. After two injury-riddled seasons in 2015 and 2016, Quinn started every game in 2017 and accumulated 8.5 sacks in his first year as a 3-4 linebacker. The 28-year-old stands to return to his customary 4-3 role in Miami, where the Dolphins hope he'll dominate suited up alongside Cameron Wake.
After logging three straight 16-game seasons with double-digit sacks Quinn appeared in just 17 contests over the past two years due to back, shoulder and concussion issues, and he totaled just nine sacks along the way. Although he's being "moved" to an outside linebacker role this offseason, Quinn will remain a down lineman in nickel situations, which is becoming increasingly common amongst NFL defenses today. Thus, he's still in a very similar spot to where he was in 2012-14 when he averaged over 13 sacks per season, and he makes for a viable buy-low candidate in IDP formats.
Double-check on Quinn's status closer to your draft, but as of press time there was no indication the back ailment that ended his 2015 season would be an issue for 2016. He was dressed but limited for OTAs, though there otherwise wasn't much info. So long as he's ready to go, Quinn should re-establish himself as a top-three pass rusher. He totaled 21 tackles and five sacks in just 339 snaps last year, and in 2013 he totaled 19 sacks on 783 snaps. Quinn and Rams tackle Aaron Donald pose a cruel dilemma to opposing offenses, unable to double both all the time.
With 40 sacks the last three years, Quinn is perhaps the the league's most feared edge rusher. But after 19 sacks in 2013, it took him a while to get going last season as he did not register his first until Week 7. He finished with a disappointing 10.5 but could be poised for a bounce back this year, especially with DT Aaron Donald drawing more double teams. Quinn is likely to again be among the leaders in sacks per snap, and his numbers could spike if coach Jeff Fisher lets him approach 1,000 snaps this season after averaging 814 the last three years.
He was already a good player heading into last year, but few players in the league took as much of a step forward as Quinn did in 2013. Coming off a 10.5-sack sophomore season, Quinn went to the next level as he raced to 57 tackles and 19 sacks in his third year, while also forcing seven fumbles. Unlike a lot of sack specialists, Quinn showed reliable consistency in 2013, posting at least one sack in 11 games and never going more than two weeks without a sack. Quinn had always shown glimpses of DeMarcus Ware-like upside, and the 2013 season gives reason to suspect he'll have that upside on full-time display. There's also a good chance he's still improving, as he just turned 24 in May. The only weakness Quinn has compared to other players in his tier is a relative lack of tackles. As a lineman primarily asked to bend the edge of the line rather than dive into traffic, he seems unlikely to exceed 60 tackles most years.
Quinn's talent warrants a bigger projection, but his 2012 performance implies he'll be a one-dimensional player who makes his mark purely as a pass rusher. Split out wide and away from between-the-tackles running, Quinn rarely showed the ability to post noteworthy tackle totals in 2012, his first as a starter. But he is one of the league's brightest pass-rushing prospects, as he posted 10.5 sacks on just 830 defensive snaps last year. Look for Quinn to continue to improve, but don't expect him to turn into a 60-tackle player in the Rams’ current scheme.
Quinn is probably a bit under the radar, but he looks ready to break out in a big way in 2012. He has the natural talent and college productivity that indicates elite pass-rushing ability, he plays for a coach (Jeff Fisher) with an impressive defensive résumé and the three linemen playing next to him (Kendall Langford, Michael Brockers and Chris Long) are all physically imposing players who will ensure that Quinn almost never sees double teams. Although he is more of a blank slate than an established commodity, Quinn showed promise during his brief playing time as a rookie, posting five sacks despite playing off the bench. Possessing 4.62 speed on a 6-4, 264-pound frame, Quinn runs with a lean somewhat reminiscent of DeMarcus Ware. It would surprise if he doesn't comfortably make it to double-digit sacks.
Should start the season behind starter James Hall at right defensive end, but could steal the job by midseason if he realizes his vast potential.
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Headed to Dallas
DEDallas Cowboys
March 28, 2019
The Dolphins and Cowboys have parameters in place to send Quinn to Dallas, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports.
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May be traded to Dallas
DEMiami Dolphins
March 19, 2019
The Cowboys are engaged in discussions to acquire Quinn from the Dolphins, Tom Pelissero of reports.
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Secures roster bonus
DEMiami Dolphins
March 14, 2019
The Dolphins will pay Quinn's $1.1 million roster bonus for 2019, Adam H. Beasley of the Miami Herald reports.
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Concludes season with ejection
DEMiami Dolphins
December 30, 2018
Quinn did not log a defensive statistic before being ejected from Sunday's 42-17 loss to the Bills.
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Keeps sack streak alive
DEMiami Dolphins
December 24, 2018
Quinn recorded three tackles (two solo) and one sack during Sunday's 17-7 loss to the Jaguars.
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