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Ronnie Brown doesn't feel his age

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Blue Bolt, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

    Oct 28, 2009
    Age no issue to Chargers' Brown
    Running back says his 30 is more like 26
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    Michael Gehlken

    Ronnie Brown went out with his wife.

    They met friends for dinner.

    On his 30th birthday last December, the now-Chargers running back had himself a modest celebration.

    “That was pretty much it,” Brown said. “Sit down and watch some sports on TV. Just chill. I try to be a low-key guy for the most part.”

    Others haven't let the milestone pass so quietly.

    On Monday, Brown had his first practice with the Chargers, meeting his new teammates at the start of their third and final week of organized team activities.

    Afterward, he met questions.

    Reporters asked Brown what type of running back he is in 2012, what he has “left in the tank.” Go turn 30 in the NFL, a number associated with the beginning of the end for players — especially running backs — and those questions will come.

    Brown feels his skill set is “pretty much the same,” he said. Fittingly, he'll wear No. 30 for the Chargers.

    “It's kind of weird,” said Brown, who signed a one-year contract. “I guess when you turn 30, people just automatically look and be like, 'He's old.'

    “But when I look at the situation, I'd probably take four or five years away given the fact that I've never had to really carry the load, whether it was Auburn or Miami. I've been one of those guys that's split time.”

    Indeed, Brown has never sniffed 300 carries in a single season.

    The closest he came was in 2006 when he had 241 with the Dolphins. In college, he shared a backfield with Cadillac Williams, never totaling more than 175.

    But there's another number that follows Brown to San Diego: 3.2.

    It's how many yards he averaged per carry with the Eagles last year.

    The eighth-year veteran had 42 rushes for 136 yards and a touchdown, all career lows. He played 10 or fewer snaps in 12 of 16 games, and Brown pointed to the inconsistent usage as a factor for his struggles.

    He says he's now better for them, able to accept and better prepare for what'll be a reserve role behind Ryan Mathews.

    Curtis Brinkley and rookies Edwin Baker and Michael Hayes are also competing for a roster spot at running back, and fullback Le'Ron McClain is expected to see his share of touches.

    On Monday, Brown hurried to the field straight from his physical.

    He joined teammates after their stretch, shaking hands and exchanging names between drills. During 11-on-11s, he saw some first-team reps on third down.

    "I just want to be able to come in and help," Brown said. "I like going under the radar. If I'm one of those guys, then so be it. Just give me my place, and I'll take it in stride."

    Polk released
    The Chargers waived safety Nick Polk on Monday, a corresponding move to Brown's addition onto their 90-man roster.

    Polk didn't appear in any regular-season games with the team.

    Last year, it signed him off waivers during training camp, placing him on injured reserve before the season with a hand injury.
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