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Ben Brown (American football)

Ben Brown
No. 79 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1998-05-19) May 19, 1998 (age 26)
Vicksburg, Mississippi, U.S.
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:313 lb (142 kg)
Career information
High school:St. Aloysius (MS)
College:Ole Miss (2017–2021)
Undrafted:2022
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of 2023
Games played:1
Player stats at PFR

Timothy Benjamin Brown (born May 19, 1998) is an American football offensive guard for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the Ole Miss Rebels and has also been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Early life

Brown was born on May 19, 1998.[1] He attended St. Aloysius High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where he played offensive tackle and defensive tackle and earned first-team all-state honors, as well as second-team All-American honors, as a senior while compiling 37 tackles and a sack and helping St. Aloysius gain 2,596 rushing yards with an average 7.2 yards-per-carry.[2]

Ranked a three-star recruit, Brown committed to play college football for the Ole Miss Rebels and became the seventh member of his family to do so, following in the steps of his father Tim (offensive guard, 1988–1989), maternal grandfather Bobby Robinson (left guard, 1962–1964), paternal grandfather Allen (end, 1962–1964), uncle Burkes (offensive tackle, 1991–1992), great uncle Jerry (tackle, 1959–1961), and father's cousin Alton (defensive tackle, 1971–1972).[3]

College career

As a true freshman at Ole Miss in 2017, Brown redshirted.[4] The following year, he became a starter at right guard and started every game, not allowing any sacks on 446 pass plays while earning Southeastern Conference (SEC) All-Freshman honors while being one of three freshmen nationally to start every game at his position.[5] In 2019, Brown started all 12 games, allowing only one sack, while playing a total of 765 snaps at offensive guard and 99 at center.[2]

Brown transitioned to being a center full-time in 2020 and started all 10 games, being named to the watchlist for the Rimington Trophy as best center nationally.[2] He continued starting as a senior in 2021, but ended up missing the final half of the year after tearing his biceps in the final minutes of Ole Miss' game against Tennessee.[6] He finished his collegiate career having started 40 consecutive games.[7]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span
6 ft 5+18 in
(1.96 m)
312 lb
(142 kg)
34+38 in
(0.87 m)
10+14 in
(0.26 m)
All values from NFL Combine[8][9]

Cincinnati Bengals

Brown had been commonly projected to be a fifth-to-sixth round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft prior to his injury, but afterwards went unselected.[10] He signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent.[11] He injured his biceps in the first preseason game and was placed on injured reserve, ending his first season.[12] The following season, he was released at the final roster cuts on August 29, 2023.[13]

Seattle Seahawks

Two days after being released by Cincinnati, Brown was signed to the practice squad of the Seattle Seahawks.[14] He was signed to the active roster on September 4.[15] He was waived on October 21, 2023 and re-signed to the practice squad.[16][17] He was released on November 26.[18]

Arizona Cardinals

On January 1, 2024, Brown was signed to the Arizona Cardinals practice squad.[19] He was not signed to a reserve/future contract after the season, and thus became a free agent upon the expiration of his practice squad contract.[20]

Las Vegas Raiders

On January 16, 2024, Brown signed a reserve/future contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.[21]

References

  1. ^ "Ben Brown Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. ^ a b c Hodkinson, Oliver (July 8, 2021). "Ben Brown, Ole Miss OG | NFL Draft Scouting Report". Pro Football Network.
  3. ^ Paulling, Daniel (February 23, 2016). "Three-star Ben Brown: Incredible to commit to Rebels". The Clarion-Ledger.
  4. ^ "Former St. Al star Brown pushing for starting spot on Ole Miss' O-line". The Vicksburg Post. August 8, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ole Miss lineman, Vicksburg native Brown on Freshman All-SEC team". The Vicksburg Post. December 7, 2018.
  6. ^ Suss, Nick (October 26, 2021). "Ole Miss senior offensive lineman Ben Brown out for season, ending career". The Clarion-Ledger.
  7. ^ Bowker, Ernest (April 24, 2022). "Former Ole Miss, St. Al star Ben Brown hoping to hear name called in NFL draft". The Vicksburg Post.
  8. ^ "Ben Brown Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  9. ^ "2022 NFL Draft Scout Ben Brown College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved September 6, 2023.
  10. ^ Garrett, Ben (May 3, 2022). "Adding Value: Ben Brown's versatility is his greatest strength as he vies to make the Cincinnati Bengals". On3.com.
  11. ^ Roling, Chris (April 30, 2022). "Bengals undrafted free agent profile: Ole Miss G/C Ben Brown". USA Today.
  12. ^ "Bengals put Vicksburg native Ben Brown on injured reserve". The Vicksburg Post. August 15, 2022.
  13. ^ Phillips, Keith (August 29, 2023). "Ben Brown released by the Bengals". Vicksburg Daily News.
  14. ^ Bowker, Ernest (September 1, 2023). "Vicksburg native Ben Brown signs with Seahawks". The Vicksburg Post.
  15. ^ Weaver, Tim (September 4, 2023). "Seahawks announce 5 roster moves before first Week 1 practice". USA Today.
  16. ^ "Seahawks Sign C Joey Hunt, Elevate Two From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com. October 21, 2023.
  17. ^ Williams, Tony. "Seahawks Re-Sign OL Ben Brown To PS". NFL Trade Rumors. Retrieved October 25, 2023.
  18. ^ Boyle, John (November 26, 2023). "Seahawks Sign CB Kelvin Joseph & WR Cody White To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  19. ^ "Arizona Cardinals sign offensive lineman Ben Brown to practice squad". Arizona Sports. January 1, 2024.
  20. ^ Druin, Donnie (January 10, 2024). "Cardinals Sign 12 Players to Future Contracts". Sports Illustrated.
  21. ^ "Raiders announce 3 Reserve/Future signings". Raiders.com. January 16, 2024.
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