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Big Play Brown Ready for Breakout Season
Vincent Brown put on a dazzling performance Thursday night vs. the Green Bay Packers, seamlessly translating what has been a strong training camp for the second year man out of San Diego State into game action. If his play thus far is any indication, Chargers fans will be in for a real treat when they kick off the season September 10th at Oakland.
Brown caught four balls in the preseason opener and led all receivers with 81 yards. He also had arguably the highlight of the night, catching a strike from quarterback Jarrett Lee before dancing around a number of defenders and barreling into the end zone for a 27 yard touchdown.
Last season as a third-round pick, Brown put up admirable numbers for a rookie, catching 19 balls for 329 yards and two touchdowns. However, as head coach Norv Turner explained, with a full year under his belt the sky’s the limit for the 5-foot-11, 184-pound wideout in 2012.
“Vincent (Brown) has grown up, and we all know he’s got ability,” coach said on Friday following Brown's eye-popping performance. “A year ago, like all the rookies, he had no work during the offseason because of the lockout. Unlike other rookies he pulled a hamstring right at the start of training camp so we were always trying to play catch up with him in terms of the details to play the position…He’s had a great offseason, he’s in the middle of having an outstanding training camp, and he obviously is a playmaker so he’s a guy that’s going to figure real strongly in what we do.”
Brown himself admits last year’s lockout negatively impacted his performance, and is excited about what lies ahead for him in his sophomore campaign.
“Not having the lockout is a big deal,” he said. “Last year it really hurt my transition coming into this league. This offseason, being with the guys and being familiar with the offense, it’s been an easier transition and it’s helped me trying to make plays.”
Brown also stated how his performance vs. Green Bay was important to him, and how he is looking forward to using it as a launching pad for even bigger games once the season starts.
“I felt great on Thursday. It felt good to contribute the way I did. I’m trying to better myself and get a firm understanding of the offense and trying to fit in by making plays and helping this team win. I’m going to step in and do whatever it is coach wants me to do to help this team win. Whatever it is he wants, that’s what I’ll do.”
One thing Brown has in his favor is Philip Rivers in the pocket throwing him the ball, breaking out in a big grin when explaining how number 17 raises the game of everyone around him.
“It’s amazing to have a guy like him back there,” he said. “Just his leadership and how he attacks the game and wants greatness out of everyone, it’s special to see. He wants to win a Super Bowl as badly as anyone I’ve seen, and with his drive and where he wants to go with this team, it’s amazing having him at the front of that.”
In order to achieve the team’s goal of a successful 2012 campaign, the Chargers will need Brown to make good on his big play potential. So far, there is every reason to believe he will do just that.
- Antonio Garay sat out of practice with a walking boot on his left foot. Head coach Norv Turner said he is day-to-day.
- Malcom Floyd had a number of highlight reel catches throughout the session. Early on, he caught a deep 40-yard bomb from Philip Rivers in stride for a touchdown. Later, he connected for another score with Rivers by hauling in a 60-yard pass down the right sideline.
- Roscoe Parrish made a difficult over the shoulder catch for a 30-yard gain look easy.
- Kendall Reyes exploded into the backfield to disrupt a rushing play.
- Robert Meachem wowed the crowd with a one-handed grab.
- Dante Rosario showed soft hands by snaring a bullet over the middle in traffic.
- Sean Cattouse came up with a nice interception on a deep ball down the right sideline.
- Demorrio Williams burst through the line of scrimmage for what would have been an easy sack.
- Antonio Gates finished practice with a spinning grab of a ball thrown behind him to convert a fourth down.
- Today marked the final open practice of training camp. Thanks to all who came out and supported the team!