The New England Patriots newest cornerback was the talk of Wednesday’s practice. According to a report by ESPNBoston reporter Mike Reiss, Brandon Browner displayed a physical edge during practice when he mauled receiver Kenbrell Thompkins. The hit led to an altercation between the two players and even led to Browner exchanging words with receivers coach Chad O’Shea. Browner’s aggression is exaction what the receivers need to get better.
Coming over from the Seattle Seahawks and the Legion of Boom defense he helped create, Browner is already demonstrating an edge and impact on the field the team has been missing since the days of safety Rodney Harrison. All parties soon forgot the altercation after practice. Thompkins, who was on the receiving end of the vicious hit, said, “It’s part of the game. There will be rights. There will be scuffles. But at the end of the day, we’re all close friends and teammates. We’re just trying to make each other better.”
The aggressive play will definitely make Thompkins better. The receiver, who is entering his second year with the team, is one of the players the team is looking towards to make that next big step in the Patriots passing game. Browner was very complimentary of Thompkins. He told reporters, “KT’s got routs at the line of scrimmage that are unmatchable. Some guys aren’t as quick as that dude, so it’s been competitive going against that guy. And it’s only going to make me better.”
Part of the reason the Patriots signed Browner, despite his four-game suspension entering into the season, is for his physicality. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound Browner instills an intimidating presence on the defensive side of the ball. Browner insists he will not change how he plays football but put an emphasis on how he relates to his teammates.
“I need to be liked by my teammates,” Browner said after practice. “Those are the guys I’m going to go to war with. But at the same time, I’m going to be aggressive with those guys. It’s going to make them guys better, and I hope they bring the same fire back at me.”