Brown started four games and appeared in 14 as a rookie in 2011 when he had 19 receptions, 329 receiving yards and two TD receptions. Brown broke his ankle in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys last year and did not play in a regular season game during the 2012 season.
According to U-T San Diego beat writer Michael Gehlken, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said “Vincent Brown is a great route runner and very disciplined at what he does. Has high hopes for the third-year WR.”
The former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator speaks highly of Brown and hopefully he will be able to live up to expectations because San Diego needs another threat at wide receiver.
San Diego averaged 225.4 receiving yards per game in 2012 which ranked 22nd in the NFL while their 10.7 yards per reception ranked 30th in the league. Brown averaged 17.3 yards per reception in 2011, so he could help the Lighting Bolts improve in this category if he stays healthy in 2013.
Brown’s most productive game was against the Oakland Raiders when he had five receptions, 97 receiving yards and a TD reception. Brown had a shot at being a starter last year before he broke his ankle and sat out, so it will be interesting to see how he recovers from this setback.
Robert Meachem is one of the highest paid players on San Diego’s roster and he was awful last season. Meachem had 14 receptions, 207 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in 15 games, so Brown has a shot at starting over him.
I expect San Diego’s coaching staff to make Brown a focal point in 2013 based on McCoy’s comments and he could be a welcomed addition to an offense that struggled in 2012.