ESPN Insider Adam Caplan reported earlier that the New Orleans Saints signed veteran wide receiver Vincent Brown following a tryout last week at the team’s Rookie Mini-Camp in Metairie.
The Saints are obviously looking to add some veteran experience to their young WR corps, whose oldest starting player at the moment is WR Brandon Coleman, who turns 24 next month. (UDFA WR Reggie Bell just turned 24 last week and is older than Coleman by a month).
Here’s a closer look, at the 27 year old Brown:
Drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, The Upland, California native has played for the Chargers as well as the Oakland Raiders.
During his rookie campaign, Brown recorded 40 catches for 329 yards and two touchdowns.
Dec 24, 2011; Detroit, MI, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Vincent Brown (86) makes a one handed catch during the third quarter against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
However, following his rookie season, he spent the year on injured reserve (IR) after suffering from a broken ankle. The Chargers then waived him before the start of the 2014 season due a calf strain during training camp.
Brown remained on the west coast but traveled north to play for the Raiders for a year before returning back to south California last year to play for the Chargers for three weeks. During this time, he was active for one game, catching one pass for 22 yards.
For his NFL career, Brown has 73 career catches, 941 yards and three touchdowns, averaging nearly 13 yards-per-reception.
Brown played his college ball at San Diego State University.
Brown has played for the Chargers (twice), Raiders, Colts and now the Saints.
Brown was born in Upland, California (in San Bernardino outside of Los Angeles) and raised in Rancho Cucamonga, California.
He attended Rancho Cucamonga High School from 2003 to 2007. He was voted team MVP as a senior and was voted twice to the All-Baseline League football team.
Brown studied philosophy at San Diego State and became the first member of his family to graduate from college when he earned his degree in May 2012.
He completed his coursework at the conclusion of his rookie season with the Charger and while doing so, co-authored an article that appeared in the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport in September 2012.
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As it stands right now, the 5th WR — whoever it ends up being — will assume the final WR spot on the depth chart, right behind Brandon Coleman; who as of this moment projects as the #4 WR behind #1 WR Brandin Cooks, #2 WR Michael Thomas, and #3 WR Willie Snead.
As of right now, it would appear that Brown along with a total of six UDFA or former UDFA players will battle it out for that opportunity to be the 5th and final WR on the Saints depth chart.
They are: UDFA’s Jared Dangerfield of Western Kentucky and Jordan Williams-Lambert of Ball State, 2nd year WR’s R.J. Harris, Kyle Prater, and Reggie Bell, who all have spent time on the Practice Squad, and UDFA Jake Lampman of Ferris State.
A 7th UDFA WR — Tommy Lee Lewis of Northern Illinois — is only 5-foot-7 and 168 pounds, and is trying to make the roster as a punt and kick returner…..