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A former second round pick in 2010, Brown failed to seize his starting LT opportunity in 2013, allowing 7 sacks, 9 hurries and 33 hits on Drew Brees. While functioning as a serviceable run blocker, he’s struggled mightily in pass protection; and even more specifically — he cannot block Robert Quinn. In two starts against St. Louis (2011 & 2013) his composite Pro Football Focus pass block grade was -10.6 . He allowed two sacks in a week 15 loss at the Edward Jones Dome, and was subsequently replaced by Terron Armstead in the starting lineup.
Saints head coach Sean Payton revealed his true feelings following the aforementioned defeat: “I saw enough. I saw enough, period. It was enough penalties, pressures, sacks. It was enough. At some point you can’t just keep watching it. Feelings get hurt, it is tough.”
With ideal size (6’5 300) and athleticism coming out of USC, Brown was ironically expected to be a valuable pass blocker if his body held up. He suffered a season ending hip flexor in 2011, and has been a substandard lineman when active. Brown was worth a stab for backup consideration, as there might be some upside left in the 26-year old.