Pats mainstay Troy Brown is coming home. The former 8th round draft pick out of Marshall in 1993 is entering his 15th NFL season, and has spent the last six months rehabbing his knee following surgery to repair a torn patellar tendon, yet has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots. Brown is a three-time Super Bowl Champion and his versatility has led to career totals of 6,366 yards receiving for 34 touchdowns (31 receiving and three punt return) on 557 receptions. He caught 9 passes for 97 yards in the playoffs and scored four touchdowns last season. Brown has also helped out in the secondary for the Patriots in recent years – including the playoffs, posting a couple of picks.
His best year came in the 2001 Super Bowl Championship year, when he racked up 101 catches for 1,199 yards and seven touchdowns, with two coming on punt returns. #80 has played in 191 games in 14 seasons and expect him to contribute this year in all three phases of the game. Though he will be ranked probably 5th on the WR depth chart behind Moss, Stallworth, Welker, Washington, and maybe Gaffney, I still think Brown will produce on offense and provide for the Pats good coverage in the defensive backfield, especially if Samuel holds out or gets dealt.
At corner he will play in nickel packages with Tory James behind Ellis Hobbs. He will return punts again at times if his knee continues to improve. Brown is an experienced leader, showing a tremendous amount of heart; his work ethic and determination is unmatched and unquestioned by those around the NFL who respect him highly. This 36-year old, jack of all trades athlete, was a big part of the Patriots Championship teams and still is a great example of their team play/attitude standard, willing to do anything on the field to win. Brown is a true classic, old-fashioned “Football Player” and when it comes down to sacrificing for the team, he puts the fans, players, and Patriots’ organization above himself.
He is not the flashiest player on the roster but he gets the job done the right way without complaining. He is a key part in the locker room and loves the game of Football, giving it “110%” each time he steps on to the gridiron. He is a class act and role model for all ages – from the flag football participant to the NFL pro. Troy Brown, when he retires, will go done as one of the best to wear a Patriots uniform. Enjoy him while you can, as he plays yet another season for the Red, White, and Blue in Foxboro.