The New England Patriots finished up their seventh day of camp yesterday, and the top storyline that arose from Wednesday’s session was cornerback Brandon Browner‘s aggressive playing style, and how it is changing the Patriots.
Browner’s forte is his physicality, and he will always play that way, even if it is against his own teammates. According to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, Browner was going at it with Kenbrell Thompkins all day long, at one point eliciting an emotional reaction from receivers coach Chad O’Shea.
It was tough to take one’s eyes off the 1-on-1 matchup between cornerback Brandon Browner and receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, mainly because Browner turned his physical play up a notch. It would have been interesting to see how many penalty flags would’ve been thrown had officials been present, as Browner toes the line.
Cornerback Brandon Browner is practicing with a physical edge, and at one point, his hands-on approach riled up receivers coach Chad O’Shea.
This is something the Pats desperately needed. Not only a physical cornerback to intimidate the opposition, but someone that will bring it everyday to practice, and really ratchet up the intensity. Much like Rodney Harrison, I think Browner is already having this affect on the Patriots, and we will see the results all year long.
I am not saying Bill Belichick’s teams have been “soft” in the past, but they certainly have lacked a certain edge. They have given up a ridiculous amount of passing yards over the last four years, and part of that definitely has to do with the attitude of the defensive backfield. No one has feared this unit since Harrison left. In order to dominate, you need to be feared as a defense, and the Patriots simply haven’t had that. However with Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner now in the fold, I expect that to change immediately.
And if health stays on their side, they could ride this new defensive look all the way to the Super Bowl.