There were high hopes for San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown last year before he broke his ankle in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. Brown missed the entire 2012 NFL season following his injury, but San Diego is looking to incorporate him into the offense this year.
According to Michael Gehlken of utsandiego.com, Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said “[he] anticipate[s] Brown will without a doubt be a big part of the team’s offense.”
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said “He looks good. He’s been anxious to get out there. It’s been a hard road … It’s nice to mix him in there because he’s going to be a big part of it. We need all of them.”
San Diego ranked 11th in touchdown receptions and 13th in the NFL with 338 receptions last season, but ranked 22nd in receiving yards and 30th in yards per reception, so they need to be more explosive.
Brown had 69 receptions, 1,352 receiving yards and 10 TD receptions during the 2010 NCAA season. He made four starts during his rookie season when he had 19 receptions, 329 receiving yards and two touchdowns in 14 games, so more experience and an increased role could lead to success for him.
Malcom Floyd and former St. Louis Rams WR Danario Alexander led San Diego in receiving yards last season, while Alexander and Floyd ranked first and third in TD receptions, so they will more than likely start.
According to Gehlken, Brown rotated with the starters in practice so he should still see significant playing time when the season begins. San Diego may not have a no. 1 guy at receiver, but Alexander, Brown, Floyd and a healthy Robert Meachem with the addition of Keenan Allen should make them better.
If Brown stays healthy, I expect him to have more opportunities than he had during his rookie season.