Realistic expectations for Reggie Brown

Will Reggie Brown be the one who knocks Michael Clayton off the field?

There have been a few different media sources who have been reporting that wide receiver Reggie Brown has “impressed” many of the staff members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason. I certainly hope they are right because I am a supporter of Brown, and I have seen him play on many occasions with the Philadelphia Eagles where he was a bit of a disappointment. However, he is still a young player who does have the potential to be a key contributor in the Bucs offense if he applies himself.

Now what should you expect from Reggie Brown this season? Let’s look at some of his past seasons:

  • 2009: 14 games, 9 receptions, 155 yards, 0 TD
  • 2008: 10 games, 18 receptions, 252 yards, 1 TD
  • 2007: 16 games, 61 receptions, 780 yards, 4 TD
  • 2006: 16 games, 46 receptions, 816 yards, 8 TD
  • 2005: 16 games, 43 receptions, 571 yards, 4 TD

As you can tell, Brown never eclipsed 1,000 yards in his career, but he never played a vital part in Philly’s offense. In his final two seasons with Philly, he was caught up in a youth movement at the receiver position with the drafting of DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin.

However, Brown did succeed from 2005 to 2007 because he was able to stay healthy and therefore, contribute to his team. That is the key for Brown in Tampa Bay. If he wants to be a weapon in the slot of young gunslinger Josh Freeman, he must avoid any type of injury, and considering that he has struggled with this in past seasons, it may be a bit of a fantasy to keep him healthy.

But don’t get me wrong, Brown has a chance to excel in this offense, and I could see him finishing the year with some decent stats. If he’s healthy, I feel Brown could fall between the 250 – 400 yard range with about 20-30 receptions and a few touchdowns. Of course, these stats depend on the success of their two rookie receivers, Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams.

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