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Ronnie Brown drawing praise

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Blue Bolt, Aug 7, 2012.

  1. Blue Bolt

    Blue Bolt Persona Non Grata

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    Brown impressing in Bolts backfield
    Written by Michael Gehlken

    According to Ronnie Brown's resume, he walked into San Diego with his best football behind him.

    He'd just spent a year in the shadows of Philadelphia, where he averaged 3.2 yards on 42 carries, both career lows, for the Eagles. This was his third team in three years. He was 30 years old.

    Then, he stepped onto the Chargers practice field.

    "If I had to guess his age, watching the way he's running out there," coach Norv Turner said, "I'd say he's 25, 26 years old."

    The veteran running back has looked at ease since signing a one-year deal in June, joining a system and being given a role, he says, that are a better fit than the scraps in Philadelphia's spread offense.

    Turner has offered a glowing review of many players added this offseason.
    Few rival his praise for Brown.

    "Ronnie Brown is a very, very explosive player," Turner said. "He's got great quickness. He's got great understanding. He knows how to attack a defender. He's got great hands. He's got a great ability to adjust his body to the ball. I couldn't be more excited about a player than I am about him."

    Turner also said Brown has "everything you'd look for in a third-down running back," listing his combination of speed and size and ability as a rusher, route runner and pass protector.

    "I've been fortunate to be around some real good ones, guys who had great success coming out of the backfield," Turner said. "He's got all the traits the best ones I've been around have."

    Brown will get his first game action at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Chargers' preseason opener against the Packers.

    His season workload is expected to take a distant backseat to Ryan Mathews, but he's carving a niche as someone who can occasionally spell Mathews, including on third down and during the two-minute offense.

    Last year, he watched the Eagles feed running back LeSean McCoy.

    McCoy rushed for 1309 yards and an NFL-best 17 touchdowns, his 894 snaps the most of any running back in the league.

    There was little left for Brown, who left via free agency targeting a more significant role.

    "Taking nothing way from LeSean McCoy — he's a great running back," Brown said. "I think it was big for him to have a big year like that.

    "But just being out here and being given an opportunity to be involved in an offense and having an impact on the game in some type of form, that's what makes me want to excel a little bit more. You might go through a situation like last year. Coach Norv, just giving me an opportunity after that, that's added motivation for me to want to be successful."
     
  2. Concudan

    Concudan Caffeinated Commando

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    I dont want to hear about his drawing skills! I want to hear about his running skills.

    How do you draw praise anyway?
     
  3. AnteaterCharger

    AnteaterCharger Calibrating Bolttalk, Podcast by Podcast Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    With pencil so when there's real hitting against opposing players it can be erased really quickly
     
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  4. MadMike

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    He impressed me in the couple of practices I saw. Really smooth runner with great hands. Made a spectacular over the shoulder one handed grab on a great pass from Philip.
     
  5. Blue Bolt

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    As I've always suspected. English is your second language. :D
     
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  6. Brundlefly

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    Is it always hurt?
     
  7. Blue Bolt

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    You might even say tortured. ;)
     
  8. Dublin Bolt

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    I dunno what to believe until I see it. I've seen/heard a few interviews with him lately and he seems like a real smart guy, a guy you know has been there and done that. But when asked where will he fit into the O he didn't have an answer, he waffled on about he and Norv still trying to figure each other out. Meanwhile everybody and their aunty is talking about him being the back to spell Ryan, and esp on 3rd down. Is he being coy (excuse the pun) or what?
     

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