RICHMOND—Although Everette Brown has spent the majority of his career as a 4-3 defensive end, the newest Redskin says he does not expect any major hiccups as he transitions to a 3-4 outside linebacker.
“It’s a transition, but I had some experience [as an outside linebacker] in 2011 with San Diego,” said Brown, who appeared in three games for the Chargers that season. “And last year I was in Philadelphia’s training camp. So I have some experience with the 3-4. Coming in here, from all the different teams, I already have a platform and a foundation to start from.”
Brown signed with the Redskins after a workout Monday morning at the Bon Secours Training Center and takes the roster spot previously held by Brandon Jenkins, who was cut Sunday. The 26-year-old Brown played for Redskins outside linebackers coach Brian Baker when the two were in Carolina in 2009 and 2010.
In four NFL seasons, Brown has suited up for Carolina, San Diego and, most recently, Dallas. He appeared in seven games for the Cowboys in 2013, registering 10 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble on 159 snaps. ProFootballFocus.com gave him a positive grade a pass rusher, crediting him with six quarterback hurries and two QB hits in addition to the sack.
Brown was cut by the Cowboys in late February and spent the next five months working out in Miami and Charlotte …and waiting for his phone to ring.
“You have no idea how nerve racking it is waiting for the call,” he said. “You just have to keep working hard and have faith that it’s going to happen and prepare yourself for the phone call. So when it comes you’re ready.”
Brown added after his first practice: “I haven’t even had a chance to look at the playbook yet. But I’m picking up on things.”
To earn a spot on the Redskins’ 53-man roster, though, he’ll have to master the playbook. And he’s already playing from behind. Brown will also have to beat out fellow hopefuls Adrian Robinson and Gabe Miller and perhaps displace veteran Rob Jackson, too. The Redskins kept four outside linebackers last season, and three spots are already occupied by Brian Orakpo, Ryan Kerrigan and rookie Trent Murphy.
“He’s going to be another pass rusher on the edge,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Brown. “He’s played 4-3 defensive end and he’s played a little outside backer so we’re going to give him a look at outside backer and see how he does.”
Just getting an opportunity has already put smiles on the faces of Brown's family members back in his hometown of Greenville, N.C.
“The majority of my family is Redskins fans,” he said with a smile. “They’re jumping out of their skin. My late uncle, he’s rolling over in his grave right now. He was a diehard Redskins fan.”
“For me,” Brown added, “it’s an exciting time because it’s still early in camp.”