Brown was signed by the team to give the Raiders some much-needed help at wide receiver after Rod Streater sustained a hip flexor injury on Sunday in their home debut, a disappointing 30-14 loss to the Houston Texans.
Streater had six receptions for 52 yards, including one touchdown so far this season before the injury occurred early in the second quarter. Expectations were high for Streater after a career-year in his second season in 2013 (60 catches, 888 yards, 14.8 yards per catch, with four TD’s). Streater’s on record saying he’ll play but adding an experienced WR seems like a smart move.
James Jones was the beneficiary of Streater’s injury on Sunday, rookie quarterback Derek Carr focused in on Jones and he caught nine passes (in 14 targets) for 112 yards and a nine-yard TD catch.
Brown was released by San Diego after battling a calf injury in the preseason. He was selected in the third round (82nd overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. After missing the entire 2012 season with a broken ankle suffered in the team’s second preseason game, he finished the 2013 season with a career-high 41 catches for 472 yards (11.5 yards per catch) and one touchdown in 16 games (12 starts).
“Yeah, this is where I was looking,” a happy Brown told ESPN’s Bill Williamson after his first practice with the Raiders on Wednesday. “It worked out well.”
A native of Rancho Cucamonga, California, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder played in 44 games during his collegiate career at San Diego State, finishing ranked third all-time in receiving with 209 catches for 3,110 yards (14.9ypc) and 23 TD’s.
The Raiders continued a theme of bringing in home-grown California players, Jones was their major WR signing in the offseason. Jones was born in San Jose and attended San Jose State, eventually being selected in the third round (78th overall) of the 2007 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.
They also brought in running back Maurice Jones-Drew who was born in Oakland, but grew up in Concord and attended UCLA before being drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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