Jets Take A Chance With Former Saints Draft “Bust” Charles Brown


The New York Jets must not have watched a lot of film when it comes to offensive lineman as it was announced they signed former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Charles Brown on Friday.

Brown was second round pick of the Saints in the 2010 NFL Draft out of USC and was thought to be at the time a smart pick to eventually take over at the tackle position on an already stout offensive line.

He was given a shot at playing right tackle in 2011 where he played eight games, starting five of those  from Week 1 to Week 8 where he showed mixed results having a great game one week then having a bad one the next.

Aug 16, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Charles Brown (71) works against Oakland Raiders defensive end Andre Carter (97) during the first quarter of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

In Week 8 of that year against the St. Louis Rams, he had his worst game where he allowed two sacks…ironically this would foreshadow events yet to come.

Playing sparingly in 2012, Brown was given the premier position at left tackle in 2013 to protect quarterback Drew Brees’ blindside and it was a disaster.

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Brown played in 15 games, starting 14 of those, and would cause hearts to stop amongst Saints fans and head coach Sean Payton.

The former second round pick would end allowing 7 sacks, 9 QB hits, and not allow Brees to be comfortable in the pocket with 33 QB hurries.

Remember the foreshadowing I mentioned earlier with the Rams games in 2011?

The Saints would face them again in 2013 and it proved to be Brown’s undoing where he once again allowed two sacks before he was benched during the game.

Aug 3, 2013; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints tackle Charles Brown (71) during a scrimmage at the team training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

At the post game press conference head coach Sean Payton was asked about benching Brown to which he responded:

"“I saw enough, period. It was enough penalties, pressures, sacks. It was enough. At some point you can’t just keep watching it.”"

Brown would become a free agent in 2014 and eventually sign a 1-year deal with the NY Giants where he was active for only two games.

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He would finally see action at right tackle on November 16th against the San Francisco 49ers and once again the results were ugly with Brown allowing a sack, one QB hit , and six QB hurries.

It wouldn’t take the Giants long to see the same thing the Saints did and less than a week later they released Brown.

Now the Jets will take a chance on Brown to see if anything can be salvaged from the draft bust who Payton after he had drafted him said he was “graded very high”.

As with the Giants, Brown is likely being brought in as a depth move with zero possibility of him usurping starting tackles D’Brickashaw Ferguson or Breno Giacomini.

He also will be in a battle with their backups Ben Ijalana and sophomore Brent Qvale.

If Brown does end up making it to the final roster and sees some action, quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Geno Smith should make sure their running shoes are on and their head is on a swivel.

To all the Jets fans out there here is a message from all the Who Dats in regards to the Brown signing…pray for a healthy offensive line in 2015.

Pray reeeeally hard…..

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