The San Diego Chargers chose wide receiver Vincent Brown in round three of the 2011 NFL Draft. Brown made four starts as a rookie and finished the season with 19 receptions, 329 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. There was talk that Brown could be a starter last year before he broke his ankle in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys and missed all of last season.
According to U-T San Diego beat writer Michael Gehlken, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers said “I’m trying to think of a way to describe Brown. He’s everything you want in a wide receiver. He runs great routes, he’s strong to the ball, he has huge hands, he has range, and he’s a guy you trust.”
San Diego lost their best receiver for the entire 2013 season when Danario Alexander tore his ACL last week. This was a devastating and unfortunate injury that created a competition to see who will start alongside Malcom Floyd when the regular season begins next month.
Eddie Royal is listed as the starter next to Floyd according San Diego’s depth chart, but 2013 draft pick Keenan Allen has also seen first-team reps in practice. Royal started last week’s preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, but nothing has been finalized and Brown could win the job. Royal is most effective as a punt returner and San Diego’s coaching staff is high on Brown, who is listed as Floyd’s primary backup.
Brown did not play in last week’s game, but he is expected to start tonight against the Chicago Bears.
In Brown’s last collegiate season, he had 69 receptions, 1,352 receiving yards and 10 TD receptions. Brown was on pace for 77 receptions, 1,334 receiving yards and 10 TD receptions as a junior in 2009 before he suffered a thumb injury and missed the team’s last five games.
San Diego’s coaching staff and Rivers believe in Brown and 2013 could be his chance to make a name for himself in the league.