Dec 14, 2014; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner (39) tries to talk with the referee after being called for pass interference against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
We’ve long talked about the importance of getting a cover corner to line up opposite of Keenan Lewis. We finally got our wish.
The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan said it best as to why Brandon Browner makes sense for the Saints: Julio Jones, Mike Evans, and Kelvin Benjamin. Browner is a tall cover corner who stands at 6’4″, 221 pounds. The physical style of play that Browner exhibits helps put his receivers towards the sidelines. On the flip side, Browner was the most penalized player in the league last year, being called 15 times. As per NFL Penalties, Browner’s biggest offenses were split between defensive holding (6) and defensive pass interferences (6).
When it’s all said and done, this is the type of signing that we hoped for last offseason when Champ Bailey entered the picture. Although Browner is set to turn 31 in August, he still proves to be highly effective. Given the help over the top with a combination of safety help from Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, and Jairus Byrd this bodes well for a dismal secondary from a year ago.
There’s a bit of concern behind Lewis and Browner, as the team has many young, unproven cornerbacks on their roster: Brian Dixon, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Delvin Breaux, A.J. Davis, and Terrence Frederick. So, it’s not certain that the Saints are done adding cornerbacks through free agency, but this signing is tops.
Final Grade: A
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