Vincent Brown came into the NFL with the San Diego Chargers as third-round pick (San Diego St.) in the 2011 draft. As a four-year veteran, Brown will be joining a young and talented receiving core that includes T.Y Hilton, Donte Moncrief, Duron Carter as well as seasoned veteran Andre Johnson.
At 5’11”, 190 pounds Brown will be attempting to put himself in the mix of the rotation within a potentially very explosive offense in 2015. Brown will have to truly impress throughout training camp in order to make the final 53-man roster at the conclusion of training camp, as he will be battling Griff Whalen and a host of others for the WR5/6 spot.
Brown is less of a burner and more of a Whalen-type receiver that finds the zones well and runs precise routes, which allows him to create space and get open in man coverage. He has shown good field speed at times, but his value comes from his competitiveness and maintaining over a 60% catch/target ratio in his last two seasons.
Brown was only targeted 38 times in his rookie campaign and suffered an ankle injury that kept him out for the entire 2012 season. After returning, Brown had his best season thus far in his career, hauling in 41 catches for 472 yards and a touchdown.
Last season for the Oakland Raiders, Brown did not see a lot of field time and was not heavily targeted – but did his job when given the opportunities. Brown may have to prove that he can contribute on special teams if he plans to stand out amongst other receivers fighting to make the roster this season. He doesn’t possess the speed to be an option returning kicks and punts, but he may prove to be invaluable in the return game nonetheless.
Brown’s solid hands and aggressive nature, mixed with his excellent blocking abilities could get him some consideration for the middle rows on kick return as well as a “ball hunter” on kickoff. Brown is a solid addition that will add some veteran leadership as well as another great training camp battle for the position as we have seen in years past.
Brown has better hands than recent free agent additions such as Darrius Heyward-Bey and Donnie Avery, yet doesn’t quite have the speed and size combination. His craftiness and extra wiggle allows for him to mitigate his lack of top-end speed in the open field, and his fearlessness to go across the middle in traffic will add some valuable toughness at the position.
Brown’s Career Numbers:
37 games (16 starts); 72 receptions/131 targets; 919 yards (12.8 yards per catch/3.2 average yards after catch); 3 touchdowns
*Making the 53-man roster is, quite honestly, goal number one for Brown. However, should he earn a spot in the rotation as well as a role on special teams, he could post modest contributions for the 2015 season.
25-30 receptions; 250-300 yards; 1-3 touchdowns; 5-10 tackles; 1 forced fumble; 1 fumble recovery