Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Newly acquired receiver Reggie Brown an instant help for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

“We’re excited to add a guy who was a productive player in the NFL at the receiver position when he had an opportunity to play,” Bucs GM Mark Dominik says of receiver Reggie Brown, left, acquired from the Eagles for a sixth-round draft pick in 2011.

Getty Images

“We’re excited to add a guy who was a productive player in the NFL at the receiver position when he had an opportunity to play,” Bucs GM Mark Dominik says of receiver Reggie Brown, left, acquired from the Eagles for a sixth-round draft pick in 2011.

TAMPA — If the Bucs played today, Reggie Brown might be their No. 2 receiver.

That might say something about the lack of receiving talent on the roster, but it explains why general manager Mark Dominik traded a sixth-round pick in 2011 to the Eagles for Brown.

The sixth-year pro out of Georgia had only 27 catches and one touchdown over the past two seasons, though he had some nice moments, including two catches for 64 yards against the Falcons last year.

The Bucs think a change of scenery will help Brown, 29, recapture the talents that enabled him to lead the Eagles in receiving yards (816) and touchdowns (nine) in his second season.

In fact, the Eagles felt highly enough of Brown to sign him to a five-year, $27 million extension in 2006. When the deal was announced, Eagles coach Andy Reid called Brown "one of the hardest workers on our football team."

What happened after that was a series of injuries and some shrewd drafting by the Eagles.

Brown lost his job to rookie DeSean Jackson two years ago. Then last season, the Eagles drafted another explosive receiver in Jeremy Maclin, who started as a rookie while Jason Avant won the job as the slot receiver.

What hurt Brown was his inability to play special teams. Fourth receivers don't play many snaps, so they must contribute in other ways to be among the active 47 players on Sunday.

Brown's pride was hurt by being inactive in several games last season. He is quiet by nature, Dominik said. He is a good route runner, but he's not going to give the Bucs anything on special teams or as a blocker in the running game.

Because the 2011 draft likely won't be deep, a sixth-rounder is not much to give up for Brown.

"We're excited to add a guy who was a productive player in the NFL at the receiver position when he had an opportunity to play," Dominik said. "We always look in any avenue, whether it's free agency or a trade or a waiver claim, find a way to upgrade the talent of our roster, and with this trade, we feel like we did."

The Bucs are going to take some shots for not spending much in free agency this season.

But it's hard to argue with Dominik's track record in trades. Although many of these moves were scrutinized at the time, they've mostly worked out.

Start with the trade of a second-round draft choice in 2009 and a fifth-rounder in 2010 to the Browns for tight end Kellen Winslow. Although he had a history of knee injuries, Winslow played in all 16 games last season and led the Bucs with 77 catches 884 yards and five touchdowns.

The Bucs dealt defensive end Gaines Adams to the Bears for a second-round pick in 2010, which turned out to be 42nd overall. Adams played in 10 games for the Bears but had no starts, no sacks, seven tackles and one forced fumble.

The Bucs traded tight end Alex Smith to New England for a fifth-rounder in 2010. The Patriots released him.

They dealt quarterback Luke McCown to the Jaguars for a seventh-rounder. McCown played in three games, going 1-of-3 for 2 yards last season.

Finally, the Bucs traded their first- and sixth-round picks last year to the Browns to move up two spots in the first round, and they selected quarterback Josh Freeman with the 17th overall choice.

Freeman, who started nine games as a rookie, looks as if he has a chance to become a franchise quarterback.

Dominik can only hope the Brown trade helps make that happen.

Rick Stroud can be reached at stroud@sptimes.com.

Newly acquired receiver Reggie Brown an instant help for Tampa Bay Buccaneers 03/13/10 [Last modified: Saturday, March 13, 2010 9:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rowdies anxious to get back on track

    Soccer

    ST. PETERSBURG — Having already played four matches in less than two weeks' time, the Rowdies have to turn around again on short rest to host Saint Louis FC today.

    And they're actually glad about it.

  2. Rays pitchers rave about Twins pitching coach, ex-mentor Neil Allen

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — There have been a lot of coaches who have had a hand in helping Chris Archer get to the big leagues and to the front of the Rays rotation, and as he took the mound Friday night at Target Field, he had reason to nod appreciatively toward the home dugout.

    Minnesota Twins pitching coach Neil Allen jogs back to the dugout after paying starting pitcher Tyler Duffey a visit on the mound in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers on Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  3. State baseball: Bishop McLaughlin bows out in Class 3A semifinals

    Baseballpreps

    FORT MYERS — One inning into Bishop McLaughlin's Class 3A state semifinal against Fort Myers Canterbury, things could not have gone much better for the Hurricanes. They grabbed a quick one-run lead and Canterbury ace Sam Keating was forced out of the game with a nagging neck injury.

     Chris Berglund (18) of Bishop McLaughlin, at bat during second inning of the FHSAA class 3A semi-final on Friday May 26, 2017 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, Fla. Canterbury, Fort Myers, defeated Bishop 7 to 4. Canterbury will play in the 3A championship tomorrow.
  4. Bucs WR DeSean Jackson knows only one direction: full speed ahead

    Sports

    TAMPA — DeSean Jackson is the "1."

    Actually, Jackson, the Bucs' latest weapon for quarterback Jameis Winston, with his blazing speed and game-changing splash plays, wears No. 11 in games.

    DeSean Jackson, a needed game-breaker for Bucs who signed a $33.5 million deal, welcomes big expectations.
  5. Video preview: Rays open tough road trip facing Twins tonight

    Blogs

    After splitting a four-game series against the Angels to wrap up a winning homestand, the Rays tonight open a nine-game, 10-day roadtrip with the first game of the weekend series with the Twins: