Here’s why the Seattle Seahawks took a flyer Brandon Browner and he ultimately earned the starting cornerback opposite Marcus Trufant, as they face San Francisco in the season opener on Sunday
The Niners have one receiver in their regular rotation under 6-foot, a group that includes Braylon Edwards (6-3), Michael Crabtree (6-1), Josh Morgan (6-1), tight ends Vernon Davis (6-3) and Delanie Walker (6-0) and Ted Ginn – the smallest receiver at 5-11, 180 pounds.
“They got good receivers all across the board,” Browner said. “They’ve got a good tight end in Vernon Davis, and Delanie Walker is a great athlete out of the backfield. So they got good guys on offense over there.”
Browner has been one of the pleasant surprises in camp for Carroll because he perfectly fits his press coverage corner scheme. A lanky 6-4, 222 pounds with nifty feet, Browner provides a physical presence at the line of scrimmage, but can also turn and run with fast receivers.
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“All I needed to do is see that time he ran out here (Browner ran a 4.53 40-yard-dash on his workout for Seattle), when he came in here on a cold day and ran that time in the 40,” Carroll said. “I said to myself, ‘Whoa Lord, this is really a special opportunity.’ Because he’s a monster at playing the techniques we like to play, and the style we like to play. He’s had a fantastic camp.”
Now Browner has to prove that what Seattle coaches have seen in practice and in preseason games is not a fluke. And like he’s has done in the CFL already, he can make plays once the whistle blows in a regular season game. And you can bet that San Francisco plans to go after Browner to see how he responds to the pressure of his first NFL start.
But Browner, 27, said he’s ready for the challenge.
“My main focus is doing my job,” Browner said. “If my job calls for me to be in the flat, be in the flat, you know what I mean? I just want to go out there and be in the right place, and if the ball arrives, I want to be able to make a play on the ball. So my biggest focus is just doing my job.”