There was some speculation that newly signed free agent cornerback Brandon Browner might have been brought in with the idea that he would move to safety to give the Patriots a bigger presence along-side Devin McCourty.
As it turns out, that doesn’t appear that’s going to be the case.
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports that Browner said the team hasn’t discussed that possibility with him, which means for now he plans on playing cornerback when he suits up for his new team.
“They haven’t talked to me about playing safety,” Browner told him. “So far, I’m here to play cornerback, and I play wherever need be. I just want to play some football, and I’m fortunate enough to play for a team like the Pats.”
One area that the team has struggled with at times is man-to-man, which is something that Browner also said was his strong suit and he plans on doing that now here in New England.
Overall according to ProFootballFocus.com, Browner was relatively successful in coverage last season, having been thrown at 38 times with 20 completions (52.6%) for 240 yards while allowing two touchdowns, one interception and nine passes defensed.
Now he’ll try and bring his skillset into New England’s defense and plans on doing a lot of the same things, which means he doesn’t see his job description changing much.
“The only thing that changes is the terminology,” said Browner “I was also told I’ll play a lot of man to man, which is my strong suit. I take it in stride and can’t wait to get back out there.”