Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Mike Brown has had a bit of a unique offseason, being the only player on the roster to participate in all phases of the team's offseason workouts. All that extra work has seemed to pay off, as Brown's worked his way into getting reps with the first team offense as the slot receiver, even to the point where he's in the slot while fourth-round draft pick Ace Sanders is lined up outside.
Brown was only active for two games for the Jaguars in 2012, therefore he didn't accrue an NFL season and still counts as a "rookie", so he could participate in the camp. Brown also got reps in the veteran minicamp and OTAs. All that extra work seems to be making a big difference in his performance.
"Being able to come in at the rookie camp and getting more reps than I could get at the veterans camp really helped me in getting more comfortable with the concepts," Brown said after practice on Sunday. "Then coming back with OTAs and getting acclimated to the quarterbacks."
Brown didn't stop after OTAs however, as he traveled to the Larry Fitzgerald receiver camp, accompanying teammate Cecil Shorts III who attended the camp last offseason.
"Then we got out to Minnesota and got to learn from Larry Fitzgerald, Cris Carter, working with Cecil (Shorts) everyday and Chad (Henne) and Blaine (Gabbert) came out there, so it was just a really good situation for me," Brown said.
Brown's worked on his craft about as much as possible this offseason, even when head coach Gus Bradley told him to take a few days off, he still came to EverBank Field and sat in positional and team meetings.
"The only thing I can control is me, what I do, and how good I make myself," Brown said back in May. "The business side of it is something players can't control. You can't try to play GM or head coach. I try to approach it the exact same as I did last year, which is to come out and compete and get myself better every day, every opportunity I get."
Brown's approach this offseason has him making plays through the first few days of training camp, and if it continues at the current rate it will land him right on the final roster.
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