"I don’t know if I want to get it down to three. I’ve never been a guy that has three backs playing in the game," Marrone told ESPN.com. "I’ve always believed, and you guys know, in the two backs. It’ll come down to two backs; the two backs going in there."
Brown, who was traded from Philadelphia in the offseason, didn't get his first touch until early in the second quarter with the second-team offense. He played until the third quarter and finished with 40 yards on seven carries, averaging 5.7 yards per attempt. He also caught all two of the passes thrown his way for 12 yards.
Sammy Watkins might be getting most of the attention through the early days of
Brown is expected to at least serve as depth behind C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson this season, but a strong camp and preseason could push him into a part-time role.
ESPN noted that Spiller is entering a contract year and could ask for a lot of dough while Jackson is 33 years old. Brown, a third-year player, is someone the team would like "to develop into one of their lead backs," according to the site. He's under contract through the 2015 season and should carry a cheaper price tag than Spiller.
With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson both on the last year of their contracts, the
Brown, who was on the trading block during the offseason, rushed for 878 yards in two seasons with the Eagles, including 314 yards and two scores in 2013.
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