Nov 17, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) makes a catch against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium. The Dolphins won the game 20-16. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

What Are The Expectations For Vincent Brown?


What are the expectations for Vincent Brown this coming season?

Brown went into last season with high expectations, despite returning from an ugly ankle injury and he wasn’t able to live up to that billing. He didn’t come close to those expectations with his production on the field.

He got the playing time with all the injuries on the roster, but there were too many times that he disappeared. He was held without a catch in two games last season and completed another pair of games with just one catch. We needed more production out of him last season, but he wasn’t able to get the job done.

With voluntary workouts starting today, Vincent Brown will need to make an impression on the staff. He might be fighting to keep his roster spot. The Chargers don’t have a ton of depth at the position, but we already saw what type of production that he had on the field as a starter. We need him to play better this season.

If Malcom Floyd returns to the field, that would push Brown to 4th on the depth chart. The team may want to draft a wide receiver and that could push Brown even further on the depth chart.

Seyi Ajirotutu was re-signed this season and he can help the team on special teams. That gives him an advantage for a roster spot. He could push out Vincent Brown for a spot.

The potential for Vincent Brown was high under Norv Turner, but he has not been able to flourish with Mike McCoy. He will need to step it up in training camp. He is on the last year of his rookie deal.

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  • diomar espinal

    Yea realistically we should cut him loose and draft a wideout to take his roster spot. Our offense requires guys who win at the line of scrimmage and he clearly showed he is uncapable of doing so. Not only can he not win early he basically has zero athleticism to beat the defense deep. Id say cut him and get an athlete with his roster spot. Not trying to be harsh its just being truthful

    • Sergio Quintero

      If he falls to 5th or lower in the roster then its a very real possibility that he gets cuts, he will severely overpaid for a player that could be inactive on Sundays.

      He had multiple games he went gooseegg on the catches department, including all of the playoffs, and even went shootout in a game Rivers threw for almost 400 yards against the chiefs, afterthought much!?!?

      • diomar espinal

        Simple… As i stated the guy cant beat press man coverage AT ALL. To make matters worse hes not athletic AT ALL. So what is the point of having him on the roster. I say cut him and add a player who will really help because he had more then enough oppurtunities to show his worth and well , he proved he wasnt worth much.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Its rare to see a starting WR be so bad at beating press, it became painful to watch, I will say he didn’t look like the same player that he was before his ankle injury, for his sake hopefully he gets some speed and explosiveness back he had before the injury.

          • diomar espinal

            It was sad bro in all honesty. I primarily watch the WRs before the snap to see of they win early which is why i saw right away that Keenan was the truth. But when i would watch VBs side it was just sad lol Cornerbacks where treating him like a 5th grader out there . The only time i ever saw him catch balls was against sone coverage and rven then guys were always draped all over him.

          • d.j. omination

            agree with that man.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            absolutely agree with this. he couldnt get any separation and every time it was thrown in his direction, we risked an interception.

    • d.j. omination

      Maybe they should sign you. Sounds like you really know how to play.

      • diomar espinal

        VB is that you ? Lol sorry dude just being truthfulno hard feelings son lol

  • J.C. Ortiz

    I think he’s off the roster if Floyd is able to return. You missed Inman in your analysis. He’s controllable for 3 years and is dirt cheap. He has the size we lack on the roster. If he shows he can develop even a little bit, he should get the nod over Brown who will more than likely be allowed to leave as a FA next offseason.

    Allen, Floyd, Royal, Draft pick, Tut, Inman = Brown is SOL.

    • Sergio Quintero

      If Inman & Tutu outplay he’s off this roster, and I have seen the highlights of Inman the guy is big time athlete, he is injury prone, but 6’3 215 lbs WR with sub 4.5 speed don’t grow in trees.

      • J.C. Ortiz

        Agreed about Inman. He’s an extra 4th/5th rounder for us this year. Love his measurables and hope the production is there to match.

      • BoltNative

        You’ve got that exactly right!

    • Derek

      what free agent would u spend 3.5 we have + 1.4 on?

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    For him not to get injured. That’s my only expectation for the Chargers as a team.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Where they draft a WR will tell us a whole lot, in terms of how probable is a Floyd return and how much trust they have for Brown, if the chargers shock us with a 1st round WR, not impossible since the BPA might be a WR at 25, then it would be pretty clear they are not hopeful for Floyd returning & probably lack trust in Brown being anything more than a part time, lower level roster player.

    The optimistic thing I can say is, hopefully he regains some speed and explosiveness to his game, that seemed lost from the rookie version we saw, 2 years off ankle surgery gives a reason for hope in improving his athleticism, but if his skill set is here to stay, and this is as good as it gets, then there is possibility he may be cut.

    • arnie

      Sergio I don’t think it matters where the Chargers Draft a WR. If they can get better production from him than Brown, it’s a good chance VB may be out. And i don’t think the plan is to wait for Floyd either. Telesco and McCoy are looking for players that can help them win now. The writing is on the wall, produce or your gone.

      • micah

        I think sergio meant that where they get reciever will show how much faith they have in brown. You won’t be able to tell realistically who can produce more until you get a few games into the season. They’re not going to bail on a player just because they weren’t wowing people during training camp or for playing poor during a few quarters of a meaningless preseason game, because that isn’t a tell all way to see if they will produce. It usually takes a game or so to get back in the groove, same goes for rookies. I at least see them keeping vincent brown until the trading deadline.

        • arnie

          I know what Sergio meant and I apologies for not making my point clear. I don’t believe one has anything to do with the other. VB will given an opportunity to compete like everyone else. The reality of his situation, VB is still under his rookie contract, and the Chargers needed bodies, in the two cap strapped years (2013 & 2014) under Telesco. They know he was coming back from injury, and had to learn a new system, i believe they like VB and want him to excel.
          At the end of the day, it’s not “where” they draft, but “who” they draft. Telesco will go with the BPA on his board. If it’s WR, NT, or Center, that’s who he’s going to pick. Situation is they have Floyd’s health and future to also consider. Regardless, under McCoy they will all compete, including Allen.

  • Edward Sherman

    Damn San Diego State getting no love osgood days are gone go get a name we all know or america has heard of so we dont bash our own kind.

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    So many unanswered questions right now. Hard to say. Once we get a clear decision on Floyd, and the draft is over, we should have a better idea. He is going to have to work hard. He needs to shine. Telesco & McCoy will definitely put the best players out there.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Telesco has to play it like Floyd is not going to be there, so I expect a WR somewhere around rounds 2-4, Brown didn’t do himself any favors being the invisible man down the stretch.

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i expect him to take a wide receiver as well… i would act as if floyd is not going to be there as well… every report says the recovery is slow.

  • Derek

    brown is valuable in his exp at #2 slot. if he can improve his quickness or beef up and become a true possesion reciever he is worth it. look at it this way who can we pick up if we let him go? I say at OTA’s if he hasnt gotten quicker put him on a bulk up diet and give him a bunch of boldin tape. i still see potential and id bet on him over floyd to last a full season

  • arnie

    My two cents Ernie? Brown is playing for his career. The bottom line is it’s now or never for him. He needs to show he can be depended upon when the Chargers need him. I saw him drop to many clutch, TD an easy catches, to not expect TT to be looking for other options.
    Whatever plans norv had for VB, they left with him. VB needs to take the next step or, like his former coach, could be looking for work.

    • tubbs45

      Maybe norv would give us a 7th rounder for him.

      • arnie

        LOL!!!!!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        i would take anything

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i think Brown will get another shot on another roster… but with this team, this is make or break

  • Gunnar Martin

    Well he shouldn’t be allowed to start. That’s a given. He just isn’t good enough to beat another team’s starting corner. I do expect him to surprise a lot of people when he has a decent matchup though. My prediction, assuming M80 comes back and we draft another one, is that he’ll have very solid numbers for a backup as long as the coaches play him in the right spots.

  • Julien Bélair

    300 yards 1-2 td… nothing more

  • Nick Mansoor

    I think were just using him the wrong way. Brown covered the slot that one year where he was actually making plays before he hurt himself. Ever since we switched him to the outside, he hasn’t been doing too well. why? When you play the slot, you get covered more by LB’s and nickel corners, this mean slower players for Brown to get past and he isn’t a very quick guy himself. He would find more success in the slot, just saying. And yeah if he doesn’t step up, its sad to say, but he is definetly gone.