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ALAMEDA – After completing his first practice as an Oakland Raider, receiver Vincent Brown admitted that his head was spinning.
The Raiders pushed him into the deep end, hoping he’ll swim quickly while learning a new scheme. That’s no easy task, considering most have worked in the same system since the offseason program began.
Brown was waived-injured by the San Diego Chargers at final cut and signed on Monday, after proving his calf strain was completely healed. The Raiders were in contact shortly after Brown was waived, and the fourth-year veteran signed with the Silver and Black despite having other workouts lined up this week.
"It was a good fit and good situation,” Brown said. “They already have a lot of good talent on this team, so I’m just just trying to come in here mix in well with these guys and help this team win.”
The Raiders hope he can master concepts quickly, because they can use some sure handed offensive weapons.
“We’re going to work him and see how fast he can pick up what we’re doing offensively,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “After competing against him a few times when he was in San Diego, it’s clear that he has some explosiveness. He catches the ball well and has some vertical threat down the field.
“One thing you notice is that, when the ball goes in his direction, Vincent generally makes the catch.”
Brown has made a lot of good catches against the Raiders. He had five catches for 97 yards and a touchdown against the Raiders in 2011. In last year’s game at O.co Coliseum, Brown had seven catches for a career-high 117 yards.
Brown has been effective when healthy and probably wouldn’t be available if a calf strain didn’t sideline him this preseason. He was a surprise cut by the Chargers, and the Raiders didn’t waste time picking him up.
Brown is physically ready to contribute, just as soon as he gets the playbook down well enough to operate within the scheme.
"It’s a new system and obviously new terminology, which is probably the hardest part about it right now,” Brown said. “I’m just trying to slow everything down at the moment and get adjusted to the system get acclimated with these guys.”