Reconsidering Reggie

REDSKINS EAGLES FOOTBALLEveryone seems to have written off Reggie Brown. Considering his 2008 disappearing act, it should come as little surprise. A nagging hamstring injury plagued him for months before he was finally benched late in the season. He finished with 18 catches for 252 yards and one score. Poor, to say the least.

Wasn’t this the same guy who tore it up late in 2007? Entering 2008, the combination of he and Kevin Curtis was looking pretty good. He’s never had the greatest set of hands but in 29 starts from ’06 to ’07, Reggie caught 107 passes and scored 13 total touchdowns. Is it fair to call him a bust? I mean he was hurt last year. Prior to that he’d been respectable.

Six wideouts were selected ahead of Reggie in the 2005 draft. Two have separated themselves from the pack: Braylon Edwards and Roddy White. The others are, well, see for yourself.

Player Catches Yards TDs
Braylon Edwards 228 3,558 28
Roddy White 230 3,536 16
Troy Williamson 84 1,097 4
Mike Williams 44 539 2
Matt Jones 166 2,153 15
Mark Clayton 200 2,636 10
Reggie Brown 168 2,419 17

Williamson and Williams are complete and utter busts! Looks like White and Edwards are stars, although if you toss out Braylon’s 2007 numbers, his stats are not impressive. Matt Jones is at present out of the league due to a litany of legal problems. Clayton, like Reggie, has been okay, but not first-round worthy.

Surprisingly, Reggie has done a decent job getting in the end zone, despite only a single trip to paydirt last season. If Reggie could return to his ’06 and ’07 form and snag around 50 catches, wouldn’t that make a solid receiving corps? Brown, Curtis, DeSean and Jason Avant. That looks good to me. Toss in Westbrook, Celek, a rookie RB and TE and you have the makings of a powerful offensive attack.

It’s easy to chuck Reggie Brown on the scrap heap. Hell, I’ve done it. Then I recalled how good he can be when he’s on top of his game. He knows the offense and certainly would contribute more than a rookie, who will be given a steep learning curve. DeSean defied the odds a season ago. I doubt lightning will strike twice.

I hope the coaching staff gives Brown one last shot to prove himself. He might end up helping the offense more than any of us realize.

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