The Broncos have re-signed fourth year WR Marlon Brown, a player who was in camp with the Broncos this year. What does he add to the current roster?
The Broncos have taken their well earned bye week and now must prepare themselves for a division match up with the Kansas City Chiefs this weekend. At 7-3, the Broncos find themselves in solid (but not fantastic) footing for a playoff run. In order for the Broncos to repeat as Super Bowl champions, they need play their best when the going gets tough.
In order to accomplish their goals, they need to rely on more than just key players in order to get the job done. At the end of the day, coaches need players that they trust on the field. That may be a big reason why a certain player was brought back to Denver today…
The Broncos have re-signed fourth year wideout, Marlon Brown. If you’re asking yourself, “That name sounds familiar”, then you’d be right. Brown spent a portion of this year’s training camp with the Broncos. His first stint in Denver was brief, as he was dealing with a back injury and was released shortly after his arrival in the Mile High city.
To make room for Brown, the Broncos released second year CB, Taurean Nixon. Hopefully Nixon can be brought back to Denver via the Practice Squad, but we’ll have to wait on that news. So why did the Broncos bring back Brown? Why does a team with six receivers on the active roster add a seventh? Well, let’s take a look at what he can do and see if we can answer that question ourselves.
What Brown can bring to the Broncos
The thing that sticks out the most to me is his size. At 6’5, 214 lbs, Brown has the lanky size
Oct 26, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown (14) against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Ravens 26-18. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
necessary to outreach most DB’s in one on one coverage. Another factor that could have played into his signing was his experience in the offense.
Brown spent the 2014 season with the Ravens and their then OC, Gary Kubiak. Although he only had 24 receptions in his lone year with Kubiak, he is very familiar with the offense and should be a player that can come in and contribute right away. So how does his acquisition effect the rest of the receiving core? Well, that’s to be determined.
At the very least, it doesn’t appear to be a good sign for guys like Cody Latimer or Bennie Fowler. While both receivers have proven to be reliable ST players, neither has been able to prove themselves as reliable targets on offense.
We’ll see how this all plays out but at this point, you have to wonder how Brown’s signing can change the offense. Hopefully we’ll find out this Sunday in a heated battle against the Chiefs.