Rookie WR Justin Brown Willing To Do Anything In Order To Make Steelers Roster

There are still nearly two weeks of training camp practices and four preseason games that need to be played until the Pittsburgh Steelers will need to trim their roster down to 53 players, but rookie wide receiver Justin Brown will more than likely make the decision to cut him a tough one.

Brown, one of two sixth-round draft picks this year, has reportedly had a strong camp thus far as he is exhibiting soft and reliable hands. Saturday night against the New York Giants, the 6-3 receiver will need to show not only how good his hands are, but how good of a special teams player in addition. Brown recently told The Delaware News Journal about his desire to do whatever it takes to secure a roster spot.

“There’s a lot I can do and nothing I won’t do to make this football team,” Brown said. “In the end, it’s the coaches’ choice, but I’m doing my best to be one of those choices.”

While not lighting fast, Brown is a physical player and that\’s one trait that new wide receivers coach Richard Mann highlighted following the selection of the Delaware native during the draft.

“I think he has good toughness and that’s part of being a good receiver,” Mann said back in April. “He’ll lock up downfield and I think that is a part of it also. On top of it all, he’s a good receiver. He can catch the football.”

While he isn\’t currently listed on the Steelers latest depth chart as punt returner, Brown very well could get a chance to return a few over the course of the preseason. During his four seasons at both Oklahoma and Penn State, he returned 93 punts for 637 yards and one touchdown. If for some reason he\’s not given a chance to do so, he must use that toughness of his in order to make his presence known on the coverage teams.

In all likelihood, Brown will be headed for the practice squad, but a lot can happen as far as injuries go between now and the final cut down day. There is an outside chance the Steelers could decide to keep six receivers instead five, so every day he must continue to improve and head the advice the experienced players are giving him.

“The veterans always tell the young guys to stay in the playbook, so I study that with every chance I get,” he said.

  • DoctorNoah

    I still think of Derek Moye looks better than Justin Brown and he’s 6’5″ , quick and has soft hands…

  • steeltown

    “There’s a lot I can do and nothing I wont do to make this Football Team”

    nice quote

  • Shannon Stephenson

    It sounds like every young player trying to make a football team.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I was shocked to hear Browns name and then to hear it in the 6th round. I looked at some tape and wasn’t overly impressed but it is great to see this kid play and play hard. I hope it continues because keeping Plax would be wasting a year for a kid that could maybe make a difference in the future!

  • steeltown

    Not sure I’ve ever heard those words put together quite like that… hence nice quote

  • paltel

    This isn’t Moye’s first camp, so I’d expect him to be more polished at this point, whereas Brown is a rookie that has just fallen off the turnip truck. Brown shouldn’t be close in football smarts, technique and toughness, but none the less he is very comparable to Moye in these areas as a rookie. This tells me that Brown is a quick study and has a tough mental attitude. Are these less tangible qualities sufficient in the eyes of coaches to give Brown an edge?

    Is Moye still practice squad eligible? If he is, I think he is less likely to be claimed off of waivers than Brown.

    Can Plaxico block well enough to be a serviceable TE?

    It is nice to have choices. I hope the Steelers make the right choices.

  • dennisdoubleday

    Ha, ha, Plax as a TE? Good one.

  • RMSteeler

    Hope the kid backs up his statement in the PS. Don’t need a speed burner to move the chains. And in camp, I’ve heard he is willing and able to make the tough crossing pass in the middle withouth flinching, something that can’t be taught. He may be able to bring something that the team hasn’t had since Hines left. Plus the height in the middle of the field can only help Ben. He should be more confident than throwing to 5′ 10″ receivers over the DL. If Heath can’t go for a few games, give JB a chance as a chain mover and Red Zone package player. Plus, I’m interested to how he does on special teams in game situations.

  • cencalsteeler

    I would rather invest in Brown, than rent Plax for one season.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Exactly. Everything I have heard from camp is he is catching everything and anything thrown his way. He has caught outs and passes across the middle.

    As far as people new to the team, the only person I have heard better reviews from is Wheaton. I have also heard Kashiff Moore I believe has made some nice catches. Who is Kashiff? lol I’m surprised I haven’t heard reports about JD Woods as I was expecting him to be doing what Brown is right now.

  • Brendon Glad

    The Steelers may be finding a nice little “sweet-spot” with that whole sixth-round-WR thing. I like the diversity of this group better than the last few seasons. The last few seasons have featured all WR’s in the 5’11” to 6’1″ range. (Other than Plax for a smidgen of games late)
    We will miss the blazing speed of MW…but I think A. Brown will be able to do a little of that if he stays fully healthy.
    And Justin Brown may be a nice big target who can pick Plaxico’s brain and try to learn some of those tricks for when his own time comes.
    Good to hear he’s showing well!

  • Ahmad

    I can’t wait to see him in action Saturday night, especially in the red zone.


    That’s good to know about the middle of the field toughness…that could get him a spot on the roster.

  • Matthew Marczi

    If Brown is not going to play this season anyway, then there’s nothing wrong with him spending a year on the practice squad.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    maybe not verbatim but to me it sounds very trite but none the less you want your rookies to feel that way.

  • steeltown