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When naming players who are among the most versatile in the league, Ronnie Brown will always show up near the top of the list. That’s one of many reasons the Chargers signed the veteran in early June.
Now, nearly two months later, head coach Norv Turner expects big things of his newest running back.
“Ronnie’s got a veteran presence, and I don’t think there’s anything we can throw at him that he can’t handle,” he said. “He’s an outstanding receiver and a very elusive ball carrier. He’s really a good player. He’s a complete player. He runs, he catches and he makes big plays. We’re going to move him around and make things happen with him.”
As Turner said, Brown is a duel threat out of the backfield that can beat you in a multitude of ways. Over his seven year career, including six with the Miami Dolphins before a one-year stint with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Brown has averaged 4.2 yards per carry for 4,951 rushing yards and 37 rushing touchdowns. In the passing game, he has caught 184 balls for an 8.1 average and a pair of scores. Equally impressive, he has also thrown for two touchdowns , a strong indication of his true versatility.
Now entering his ninth season in the league, Brown is thrilled to join the Chargers and looks forward to making a positive contribution to the team every Sunday.
“It feels great to be here,” he said. “It’s a good fit for me as I am familiar with the offense having been with Cam Cameron in Miami. He and Norv have really good offensive minds, so I’m looking forward to getting out there and hopefully winning a lot of football games.”
One Charger in particular who is pleased to have Brown on board is quarterback Philip Rivers, citing the former second overall pick of the 2005 NFL Draft’s big-play ability as a key component to this year’s success.
“Ronnie brings a lot of experience to the table,” said Rivers. “He’s an explosive guy, and someone who has a great love of football and a great understanding of the game. He’s a guy that when you throw a check down to him, he can do some real exciting things with the ball. He’s going to be a great addition. He has a strong presence in the locker room as well, and I think he’s going to help us win a lot of games this season.”
Winning, in fact, was a major factor for Brown when deciding where he should sign this offseason. All it took was one glance at the roster and he knew it was a perfect fit.
“One of the main reasons I came here is the talent on this team,” he said. “You have one of the best quarterbacks in the game back there and a lot of guys who can make big plays. Everyone has the expectations of winning games and going far, and I’m excited to be a part of it. We have a lot of talent on this football team. But with talent, you still have to put in the work. With a lot of talent comes a lot of responsibility, and the guys here are really working hard to the best of their ability and putting the necessary effort into it.”
While he has already had a productive career, one that includes a Pro Bowl appearance in 2008, Brown says it’s never too late to learn and improve his game.
“As an older guy, having been around for a while, hopefully I can help Ryan (Mathews) get better. But also I am looking forward to having him teach me a couple new things. The game is always evolving and it’s never too late to add new things, I’ll always keep chopping wood and try to become a better all-around player.”
That tireless work ethic, along with a natural ability to make big plays, is a major reason why the Chargers expect a tremendous season out of Brown come September.
*New quarterback Kevin O’Connell participated in his first practice, and talked about his excitement playing for his hometown team.
*Robert Meachem caught a number of touchdowns during one-on-one drills vs. the cornerback. Later during 11 on 11, he cradled in a bullet from Philip Rivers in the front of the end zone.
*Kendall Reyes came up with a fumble recovery during the running portion of the day.
*Edwin Baker bounced a run to the outside and turned the corner for a big gain.
*Both Demorrio Williams and Jonas Mouton penetrated the line to stop the running back for a loss of yards
*Dante Rosario continued to make his presence felt during red zone drills catching a strike in the back of the end zone for yet another touchdown.
*Takeo Spikes and Eric Weddle converged to break up a touchdown intended for a seemingly open Antonio Gates.
*Malcom Floyd caught a strike for a gain of 20 yards on the first play of the hurry-up offense.
*Rookie Brandon Taylor came away with an impressive interception in the end zone during the two-minute drill.
*Although completely healthy, Ryan Mathews sat out of practice after getting into a minor fender-bender the night before.
*Former Charger Scott Turner was in attendance.
*Tomorrow marks the team’s lone night practice of training camp. Fans are encouraged to show up at Qualcomm Stadium and root them on!