Bigger is better: Belichick excited about Browner

Bigger is better: Belichick excited about Browner
July 25, 2014, 3:15 pm
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You can't miss Brandon Browner.

And you really can't miss Brandon Browner if you're a wide receiver and he's coming at you full steam ahead, or breaking up the pass intended to go over the top to you.

The man is listed at 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, and he knows how to use it.

It remains to be seen how the NFL will let him use it now though, as an emphasis will be put on how officials call illegal contact and defensive holding penalties this year.

Phil Perry tackled - ha! - all of that earlier today, including Bill Belichick's confusion over just what the heck that "emphasis" means.

For now, though - Belichick can't worry about the NFL's not-quite-rule-change and how it affects a guy like Browner. Browner was the second of two game-changing cornerbacks brought in by the Patriots over the offseason, with Darrelle Revis being the other. With those two patrolling the secondary, the positive trickle down affect all the way to the defensive line should be apparent.

"He's obviously- his size is a huge asset for him out there," Belichick said of Browner to Tedy Bruschi on ESPN. "He's a hard guy to throw over and he does a very good job of re-routing receivers, keep them from getting vertically into the defense with either having to flat release or release outside and create more of an opportunity for the defensive angles. He a long guy, he covers a lot of space, he's an experienced player that comes from a great program in Seattle, knows how to practice, knows how to win, and I like him."

In a league that has become all about the pass, the Browner addition looks to be a big one in every sense of the word.