BOSTON (CBS) — When the Patriots signed Brandon Browner after already agreeing to terms with Darrelle Revis, speculation began spreading that the 6-foot-4, 221-pound Browner may be asked to play safety for New England.
However, Browner made it rather clear on Monday that he’s in New England for one job and one job only: To play cornerback.
“They haven’t talked to me about playing safety,” Browner said of the Patriots’ staff. “So far, I’m here to play cornerback. I’ll play whatever they need me to. I just want to play football, and I’m fortunate to be playing for a team like the Pats.”
Browner said that his strength is playing man coverage, and he said he’s studied Revis to try to be a better player.
“It’ll be fun to play with someone like that,” Browner said. “There will always be someone to push me, sort of like what I had with Richard Sherman and those guys [in Seattle]. We pushed each other day in and day out.
Before Browner makes an impact on the 2014 Patriots, he’ll first have to serve a four-game suspension for his violation of the league’s substance-abuse policy. It was his second violation for drugs, the first being a PED-related offense in 2012.
He was reinstated by the league on March 4, and he vowed to not end up in any more trouble with the league.
“I want to keep that behind and move on forward from that situation,” Browner said. “I just want to contribute to the Pats and leave that in the past, but what I can say is the last few months, my future has been in a dark place. I made a few mistakes and that’s one of the mistakes I regret, but I look forward to righting my wrongs. I’m blessed with the opportunity to come play in New England and start on a good foot, so to say.”
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