Pharaoh Brown stole the present with a giant play, nevertheless it’s his physicality that impresses the Patriots


“He’s been a workhorse since he’s bought right here,” mentioned Jabrill Peppers.

Pharaoh Brown celebrates his landing with a “Gronk Spike”
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The one factor on Pharaoh Brown’s thoughts when he caught the ball on the 40-yard line and sprinted for the top zone was to get previous the aim line.

He dove previous the road with an outstretched arm Sunday, slamming the soccer into the MetLife Stadium turf, scoring New England’s solely landing throughout their 15-10 win in opposition to the Jets. The rating marked the second-longest landing move of Mac Jones’s profession.

“It felt nice, bought me just a little Gronk spike in,” Brown mentioned of the catch.

The Patriots signed Brown to the 53-man roster three weeks in the past. The final time he caught a landing was in 2020, when he was taking part in for the Houston Texans. Invoice O’Brien, who’s now the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, was the Texans’ head coach on the time.

Brown mentioned the familiarity with O’Brien and different Patriots coaches was a part of the rationale he selected to come back to Foxborough. He mentioned it additionally helped him acclimate to the workforce.

“It’s much more than what we have been doing in Houston,” Brown mentioned. “A very totally different type of system and gamers there, nevertheless it gave me one thing to make the [learning] curve just a little shorter. I’m nonetheless studying as I am going.”

Brown’s pass-catching means stood out throughout his large play, nevertheless it’s the 6-foot-6, 258-pound tight-end’s physicality that has been catching teammates’ eyes in apply.

“Pharaoh’s been nice since he bought right here. He’s a competitor,” linebacker Anfernee Jennings mentioned. “He’s bodily. He simply brings one other facet to our tight finish room. You’ve bought Hunter [Henry] and Mike [Gesicki] who’ve been identified for working good routes and catching touchdowns. Pharoah simply brings a physicalness to our tight finish room.”

The Patriots have used Brown as a good finish and as a fullback. Defensive again Jabrill Peppers mentioned that Brown has tailored shortly to New England’s system and that it looks like he was with the workforce throughout coaching camp, even though he signed throughout Week 1.

“He’s been a workhorse since he’s bought right here,” Peppers mentioned. “We’re aware of his recreation, he’s been an amazing addition for us blocking and within the working recreation not simply at tight finish however at fullback. And, he’s bought just a little pace to him as he showcased at this time. That was undoubtedly an amazing acquisition.”

The Patriots picked up 157 yards on the bottom, thanks to higher performances from Ezekiel Elliott and the offensive line. That arrange Jones’s throw to Brown.

“It took all 11 [offensive players], like I mentioned. From the run recreation to the o-line pounding these guys inside all recreation,” Brown mentioned. “Zeke and Rhamondre getting 5 and 6 yards was simply type of grinding them up and we type of went again to that large personnel. They thought we have been going to grind them out once more and we did an amazing promote and we did an amazing motion play.”

The play proved to be the distinction because the Patriots picked up their fifteenth consecutive win over the Jets, by a 5-point margin.

“We wished to come back out and be bodily with them, which we did,” Brown mentioned. “We wished to deal with the ball which we did. And I wished to impose my will on them which we did. I feel it was simply run recreation, run recreation, then play motion and also you type of see the way it opened up all through the sport.”