FOXBORO — One of the perfect tales of the Patriots’ younger season is the rising function of journeyman tight finish Pharaoh Brown.
Brown, 29, spent stints with the Raiders, Browns, Texans and Colts earlier than touchdown with the Patriots in late August off of a suggestion from offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien and tight ends coach Will Lawing to go coach Bill Belichick and director of participant personnel Matt Groh.
The Patriots wanted a 3rd tight finish to enhance Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki, and not one of the choices they rostered by means of coaching camp stood out. Brown had performed beneath O’Brien and Lawing once they had been with the Texans.
The sixth-year vet made the largest play of the Patriots’ Week 3 win over the Jets when he scored on a 58-yard catch and run early within the second quarter. It was the Patriots’ solely landing of the sport, and he additionally led the group in receiving with two catches for 71 yards.
“We kept in contact,” Brown stated of O’Brien on Thursday afternoon. “I would send him texts throughout the year when he was in Alabama along with my coach Will. It’s great just when you can have those kind of people who will put their self on the table for you to get you somewhere. I don’t take that lightly. I know that those two guys stood on the table to get me here. When I’m out there I’m definitely — that’s another added chip on my shoulder because I got people — I got my kids I can’t let down, my coach and Bill, they’ve got families that they can’t let down. I kind of take those kind of things very personal.”
Brown might have been a Patriot a lot earlier in his profession. The huge tight finish, who’s moonlighted as a fullback this season, was waived by the Browns in 2020. He recalled Thursday that he had exercises scheduled with the Texans after which the Patriots on the time. His exercise went nicely with the Texans, and O’Brien — then Houston’s head coach — wished to signal him to the 53-man roster. Brown appeared on the Patriots’ roster and noticed they’d simply chosen two tight ends within the third spherical of that yr’s draft in Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene. So, he by no means made the journey to Foxboro and elected to signal with the Texans as an alternative.
Brown said his willingness to do something to get on the sphere as a result of “I’m not built to be on the sidelines.”
“So if they say fullback, I’m going in. I’m not saying anything else.”
Brown performed six snaps at fullback on Sunday. He’s performed 33 snaps at tight finish this season.
“I love football,” Brown stated. “I love the physicality part of it. I’m just kind of fearless, just my natural being. I just love the game. Fullback is no different than when I play tight end. I’m trying to go in there and smash people. Now I got a little head start to smash people.”