Vincent Brown was a third round pick for the San Diego Chargers in the 2011 NFL Draft. Brown finished his collegiate career with 209 receptions, 3,110 yards and 23 touchdown receptions at San Diego State University. Brown missed four games last season with an injury, but started four games and appeared in 12 games.
Brown finished his 2011 season with 19 receptions, 329 yards and two TD receptions. Brown broke his ankle in Saturday’s 28-20 preseason win against the Dallas Cowboys and is expected be out two months.
Brown could have played a bigger role on the team in 2012 because Vincent Jackson signed a five year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Jackson led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2009 and 2011. Robert Meachem signed a four year deal with San Diego on March 13, 2012 and is expected to be Jackson’s primary replacement.
Antonio Gates led San Diego with 64 receptions last season and was second on the team with seven TD receptions. Gates led the team in receiving yards and TD receptions in 2010. Malcom Floyd led the NFL in yards per reception last season and led San Diego in receiving yards per game.
Gates missed six games in 2010 and three games in 2011 while Floyd missed 10 games in 2007, three games in 2008, five games in 2010 and four games in 2011. Meachem had knee surgery in the off-season, but only missed two games in four seasons with the New Orleans Saints from 2008-2011.
This was the second preseason game in a row that a Charger got injured because starting running back Ryan Mathews broke his clavicle almost two weeks ago and was expected to miss 4-6 weeks. Hopefully injuries will not cost the Lightning Bolts in 2012.