Brandon Browner is happy to be in New England, but admits he wasn’t sure what to expect when he signed with the Patriots during the free agency period. Browner was part of a more outspoken Seattle Seahawks team and with joining the Patriots is now part of a more tightly run ship. According to a report by Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal on Wednesday, Browner is fitting right in and having fun.
There is definitely a big difference in the way Pete Carroll runs things compared to how Bill Belichick runs his team, but that hasn’t gotten in the way of Browner fitting in and becoming part of a close-knit group of cornerbacks led by Darrelle Revis. The 30-year-old Browner is doing his part by showing leadership in the locker room and adding an intensity on the field that the Patriots haven’t since Rodney Harrison put on pads.
Browner will be suspended the first four games of the season, but his addition has already made a difference in practice. On Wednesday, Browner told reporters that the secondary is a group he is happy to be apart of.
He said, “I’m enjoying it here. I’m having fun. I’ve got a close-knit group with the safeties and corners. That’s a good thing to have. We all get along. There’s a lot of talent back there. We’re just trying to build on practices a day at a time and get better than we were yesterday.”
Part of getting better may involve adjusting to how officials call games. The new emphasis on illegal contact is something that is more apt to affect a physical player like Browner. Although he is hopeful officials decrease the number of flays they are throwing, he acknowledges he has to make an adjustment.
“I’m just trying to keep my eyes to where I would place my hands,” Browner said Wednesday after practice. “Just make you be tighter on honing in on your craft. That’s just what I’m trying to do so I won’t cost the team in the long run. A penalty like that could lose you a game.”
Fortunately, it is something every defense across the league will have to adjust to and get use to. Overall the Patriots secondary is one of the deepest and more talented groups of defensive backs the team has had in some time. Browner is particularly impressed by the team’s professionalism. He said, “It’s a professional locker room. Professional atmosphere. You never know what you’re getting into until you get there. I’ve enjoyed every second of it.”