Reggie Brown has impressive offseason with Bucs
It's only June, and the real result of the trade that netted the Bucs Reggie Brown won't be known for a while.
But for now, Brown is making a nice impression as he completed an impressive offseason with Tampa Bay. Brown isn't the flashiest guy and he maybe isn't the fastest, either. But that doesn't mean he won't find ways to make plays after being traded by the Eagles to the Bucs in March for a sixth-round pick.
His good work ethic and fundamentals have not gone unnoticed by coaches.
"I’ve been impressed with Reggie Brown in how he carries himself like a pro," Bucs receivers coach Eric Yarber said. "Early on in camp and OTAs, he got a lot of looks and caught a lot of balls. Right now, you might not see the flash.
"But as a coaching staff, we see it on film. He’s open a lot. He just hasn’t gotten the opportunity to make plays. But he brings a veteran savvy to our group with know-how. I’ve told a lot of the guys to watch how he prepares and how he runs routes."
The Bucs never promised Brown would duplicate the performances he turned in during his best seasons with the Eagles. Truth is, they'd be happy if he was a marginal contributor given what they gave up for him. At the same time, no one is ruling out a bigger contribution. And it seems like Brown will definitely get the chance. Whereas with the Eagles he became an afterthought during the past two seasons, the Bucs have such an inexperienced group of receivers that the position is wide open.
"He’s a guy who runs really good routes and has really good hands," coach Raheem Morris said. "The knock on him when he came out was that he made some dynamic catches and dropped some easy ones. But since he’s been here, he’s made the dynamic catches but he’s also been catching the easy ones. He’s also been very productive after the catch.
"He’s been a guy who has been humble and quiet and gone about his business every day. I’m really looking forward to seeing what he's going to do once he puts the pads on and I really look forward to seeing what he’s going to do once the game lights come on. We can simulate the situation, but we’re really fired up to see this guy get going in the preseason and get going into the season to see how he’s going to help us and exactly what his role’s going to be. I love when a guy comes in and absolutely has to earn it. That’s what he’s trying to do right now."
One thing you can tell from being around Brown is that he has no lack of humility. He works hard in practice and he doesn't expect anything to be given to him. That's not always a given when a guy gets a big contract (he got a deal with $10 million guaranteed in 2006) but later falls to the wayside. Brown feels like he has something to prove, and he's right -- he has plenty to prove.
Between the change in scenery and his exceptional attitude, it would be no surprise if Brown finds a way to revive his career with the Bucs.