RICHMOND – Sunday got off to a pretty nondescript start for Everette Brown.
The out-of-work defensive lineman/linebacker woke up in his hometown of Charlotte. He went to church with his wife, then stopped by the health food restaurant that he recently opened to make sure everything was running smoothly.
His tasks complete, Brown – who last season played in seven games for the Dallas Cowboys after bouncing around from Carolina, to San Diego, Detroit and Philadelphia – stepped outside, and then his phone rang. The Washington Redskins wanted to bring him in a workout with plans of signing him, and they wanted him to fly to Richmond that night.
“Boom. Pack a bag. Let’s go,” the 6-foot-1, 263-pound Brown said he told himself.
Monday morning, Brown had a good workout, signed his contract, got fitted for pads and helmet and 24 hours after walking into the church, he stepped onto the practice field. And shortly after he was lining up for a one-one-one drill against 6-foot-6, 314-pound tackle Morgan Moses – one of the biggest lineman on the roster.
“I definitely had to get my mind right,” Brown said with a laugh. “It’s a mindset. When I got lined up, I said, ‘You’re in full pads, so the bullets are flying, so you’d better be ready.’ ”
Brown aims to make up for lost time while battling for a roster spot at an outside linebacker position that features three locks in Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and rookie Trent Murphy; another returning player in Rob Jackson; and two second-year players, Adrian Robinson and Gabe Miller. Brown filled the roster spot that became available after the Redskins waived 2013 fifth-round pick Brandon Jenkins on Sunday.
Brown has played defensive end in a 4-3 system the bulk of his career, but while spending time with the Eagles during the 2013 offseason, he received an introduction to the outside linebacker position in the 3-4 system. He believes that will help him in the learning process.
Brown also hopes that a reunion with outside linebackers coach Brian Baker helps his chances. Baker served as defensive line coach in Carolina when the Panthers drafted Brown in the second round out of Florida State in 2009. Brown spent two seasons with Carolina before winding up in San Diego.
Brown says playing for Baker “wasn’t easy. He was hard on me as a rookie but taught me a lot. He had a vision for me that was a lot bigger than I saw for myself as a player. But just to be reunited with him is great, and in coming here, I know that my style of play isn’t frowned upon as a player.”
Brown describes his style as, “Just being aggressive, playing fast, attacking with an attitude, bringing that energy on the field. When I’m on that field, between the lines, I’ve got to be the baddest there is on the field. When I’m in that meeting room, in the facility with the guys, I can just joke around and don’t have to be somebody I’m not. But on the field, I like to fly around and try to make plays. That’s the style of play he likes.”