Brown is likely to contend for a starting job this season, ESPN's Eric D. Williams reports.
Still just 24-years-old, Brown is coming off a disappointing, injury plagued 2017 campaign in which he recorded just 79 tackles and failed to register a single sack. However, the third-year player appears to be entering the new season in better shape, looking "thicker" than he has in the past thanks to a change in his diet. Brown's speed and lateral quickness are tantalizing qualities for a defense that isn't known for its quickness, but he'll certainly have plenty of competition for a starting role, as the Chargers opted to bring back utility linebacker Nick Dzubnar, and selected Uchenna Nwosu in the second-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Given Denzel Perryman, the nominal starting inside linebacker, has yet to play a full 16-game season in his career, Brown could still find value in IDP leagues even if he's unable to win a starting job out of training camp.
Brown could be on the roster bubble for the 2018 season following a disappointing 2017 campaign, Eric D. Williams of ESPN.com reports.
Williams couched his commentary by saying the Chargers need to figure out a way to "take advantage of Brown's unique skill set," so it seems likely the 23-year-old linebacker will be around for at least another season. In any case, it's a surprise that Brown's return to the Chargers next season isn't considered a foregone conclusion, given that he's only one year removed from a scintillating rookie campaign in which he recorded 79 tackles and 3.5 sacks in just 12 games. However, Brown failed to adapt to new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's system in 2017, eventually falling behind Denzel Perryman, Korey Toomer and Nick Dzubnar in the pecking order at inside linebacker. While Brown still registered 79 tackles this season, 36 of those came in the first three weeks with Perryman sidelined due to an ankle injury. Brown will have to impress coaches in the offseason if he wants to have any hope of earning back a starting role in 2018.
Brown (abdomen) was a full participant in practice Thursday.
Brown was all over the field on Saturday for the Chargers, registering eight tackles, but seemed to suffer an abdominal injury in the process. Given his full participation Thursday, the linebacker should be ready to go Sunday against the Jets.
Brown tied for the team lead with eight tackles in Saturday's loss to the Chiefs and played 33 of 66 defensive snaps, also a team high among linebackers. The 23-year-old will have interesting IDP appeal this week with Denzel Perryman (hamstring) ruled out, assuming Brown is able to avoid setback.
Brown recorded eight tackles (seven solo) in Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Chiefs.
After three straight weeks in which Brown played more snaps on special teams then on defense, the second-year linebacker exploded onto the scene to tie with safety Adrian Phillips for the game-high in tackles. If starting inside linebacker Denzel Perryman, who left Saturday's game with a strained tendon in his hamstring, were to miss additional time, Brown would instantly become an intriguing IDP option.
|2016||San Diego Chargers||12||79||64.0||15||3.5||0||0||0.0||0||0||6|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||79||54.0||25||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||1|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2016||San Diego Chargers||12||0||0||2||0||1||0||1||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Chargers||16||0||0||0||0||1||0||1||0|