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Brown unfazed by battling top pick

Posted by Larry Mayer on July 27, 2013 – 7:50 pm

NFL teams don’t spend first-round draft picks on players they project as career backups. So it’s only a matter of time before guard Kyle Long is anointed a starter.

Second-year pro James Brown, who’s competing with Long for the right guard position in training camp, isn’t dwelling on that inevitability.

“I don’t think about it like that,” Brown said. “I just play football. I’m just trying to do whatever I can to get the job done and help this team out.”

That simplistic approach should serve Brown well as he continues to make the transition from tackle to guard. He was switched to the new position last year after signing with the Bears as an undrafted free agent from Troy.

“It was very tough,” Brown said of the transition. “It’s different playing the guard position. You go against a lot of faster people [at tackle]. But down in the trenches where the guards play, everything happens a lot quicker. That’s a big difference.”

Brown was ranked as the 54th best player in last year’s draft by ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., who listed the Troy product as one of the best available prospects as early as the fourth round. Brown, however, denied that going undrafted continues to motivate him.

“Not really,” he said. “Everything happens for a reason. I’m just glad to be here.”


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