Howie Roseman's first trade as Philadelphia Eagles new GM came today Monday 8 2010 and involved WR Reggie Brown, Tampa Bay Bucs and a 2011 conditional draft pick which is reportedly going to be a 6th round pick. As I predicted Brown made an "exit stage left", heading south to the Buccaneers!
Brown was a 2nd round draft pick in the 2005 draft which was obtained by the Miami Dolphins back in 04' for QB A.J. Feeley, came to town during the Owens ordeal and Todd Pinkston was out for injury so Brown was catapolted into the limelight.
In a total of 72 games/45 starts, Brown has a total of 177 catches good for 2,574 yards and 17 touchdowns, he came out and showed some flashes of brilliance in his rookie season which consisted of 43 receptions for a total of 571 yards and 4 touchdowns ...those numbers don't scream BEWARE OF ME but fans and coaches at least thought it would demand some kind of attentnion!
So what happened to such a promising player? Well, Brown never displayed the hands needed by a WR in this league, had issues with his route running and lets be honest...he didn't give it 100% all the time. Sure he made some outstanding catches but to many times there were spot on balls thrown in his direction and he just bobbled it, wa-wai-ah-damn! Since he's the guy who showed Andy Reid that rookies now-a-days can be contributors right away and then guys like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin pretty much fall into Reids lap, Avant becomes clutch as a slot reciever, Brown unfortunately just fell down the depth chart even though he was provided more than enough time to prove the Eagles to be smart for selecting him in the 2nd round but he failed to do so
Not saying Brown is a bad reciever or anything but those 3 guys (Jackson/Maclin/Avant) mentioned above were either breed to be WR's in this league or have trully busted their humps to be where they are. I've questioned Reggie's work ethic in the past and I'm sure thousands of other fans and the Front office have questioned it as well! Could Curtis be next...thats for another day Philly fans!
At 6'1/197 pounds Brown has the perfect size in regards to the WR position. I really think that if he put in more of an effort and became a true student of the game who took on a different approach to his game, he could elevate his reputation. Its not to late for him to make a name for himself! Pat Yasinskas from ESPN.com even went as far as saying "it’s the first real acquisition the Bucs have made this offseason and it at least comes at a position of need. "
I wish Reggie well in Tampa & hope he can make a name for himself after pretty much being in a slump the past few seasons!