The Seahawks will use Brandon Browner similarly to the way the Patriots did. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)
Although Brandon Browner spent just one season in New England, the way the Patriots used him in the secondary may help him in his time with the Seahawks after re-signing there this offseason.
Browner never seemed to fit with the Saints last season and in mid-April, the cornerback/safety re-signed with Seattle, the team he spent the first three years of his NFL career with.
With the Patriots, a lot of times Browner would be matched up against opposing tight ends lining up inside, almost as a hybrid linebacker.
This is something Seattle and coach Pete Carroll noticed and will likely be his role this season as the Seahawks want to improve on being ranked 26th in the league in covering tight ends, according to Football Outsiders.
“He’s a guy who draws the best out of people around him,” Carroll said via ESPN. “Guys feed off his energy because he’s so tough. And then his willingness to go ahead and learn a new spot. He was wide open to it. I had the chance to see him play in positions like he’s being asked to play now when he was in New England, and we saw some really good things we thought we could mix into our stuff, and he’s very much looked the part. But I really think it’s about him; we like the guy so much.”
Being 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, this role fits him much better than lining up on the perimeter.
“I love it,” Browner said. “It’s kind of similar to some of the things I did in New England. I’ll be matched up on guys that fit my size, be in there on the run a little bit. It’ll show my skill set a little bit.”
Added Browner: “Being on the outside, it’s more of a man-to-man concept: You’re a corner on an island. Being in that box, you’re accounted for from the linemen in the run. You’ll get some run keys from the end man on the line of scrimmage. Things are just a little different. But you’re a football player in there. Playing corner, it’s more of a one-on-one thing. We’re playing basketball out there on that island. When you’re in that box, that’s football, I think.”
As for whether or not Browner brings up winning the Super Bowl with the Patriots against the Seahawks, he tries not to mention it much.
“That’s a touchy subject,” Browner said. “I try to leave that one alone, man. It does [get brought up] every now and again, but I try to leave it alone.”