San Diego Chargers 2013 Breakout Candidate: Vincent Brown
Last season was supposed to be the year that wide receiver Vincent Brown burst onto the scene for the San Diego Chargers. Unfortunately those dreams unraveled quickly after he suffered an ugly broken ankle in the team’s second preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys. That setback seemed to only be delaying the inevitable as the 2013 season approaches with Brown garnering plenty of hype around the Bolts offense.
Although the success he experienced at the end of his rookie year was under the watch of Norv Turner, Mike McCoy’s offense figures to utilize Brown to the max in year one. The new-look San Diego aerial attack promises to have a focus on the short passes in order to get the ball out of quarterback Philip Rivers’ hand more quickly. This will obviously help keep the pressure off of the man under center while simultaneously keeping opposing defenses on their heels.
What was constantly recited by the previous coaching staff is just how great of a route runner Brown is even at this early stage of his career. Those crisp routes are sure to quickly endear him to coach McCoy even if he hasn’t seen much of the youngster just yet. According to the team website, McCoy said:
“He’s been great. We laid out a plan for him early on, and he’s one of those kids who want to go full speed, 100 miles per hour every play.”
The injury from 2012 slowed Brown at the beginning of OTAs, but he was a full-go at the second installment and is sure to see an expanded role in the upcoming season. Malcom Floyd isn’t getting any younger at 32 years of age, and although Danario Alexander had a stellar stint with the Bolts for 10 games last season after being picked up off of the street, the injury question always looms given his past. Keenan Allen is only a rookie so he figures to face a massive learning curve in his first year with the team.
All of the ingredients are present for Brown to have himself a massive 2013 season. The Bolts need to protect Rivers better than they have in recent years, but that may be the only thing that could prevent Brown from bursting onto the scene as a top 10 receiver in the NFL.