Reggie Brown is happy to be in Philadelphia -- for now.
The Eagles wide receiver said he's out to prove himself after a disappointing 2008 season.
But if he feels he should be on the field, and the coaching staff thinks differently, well, there could be some problems.
"I’m just gonna make the best out of what I have right now," Brown said during an interview on Comcast SportsNet. "I don’t think I’m gonna force the issue too much unless I have to. Unless things start to decline to me not playing at all when I know I should be and everyone know I should be. Then I might push the issue a little bit, but right now I’m just trying to focus on what I have to do to become a better receiver."
Brown caught 18 balls for 252 yards and one touchdown last season, all career lows. The Eagles obviously didn't think he could make much of a contribution, as they deactivated him for the NFC championship game against the Cardinals.
"For me personally, it was a very disappointing year," Brown said. "I wasn’t able to get out there and help the team to victories like I wanted to. There was a little bit of uncertainty there, how I fit in the offense, but that’s something I try to leave in the past. I really didn’t want to dwell on it and have it affect my performance."
The Eagles, of course, drafted Jeremy Maclin in the first round of last month's draft. They also dealt veteran Greg Lewis to the Patriots.
If you look at the team's completely unofficial depth chart, which is put together by the Web guys, Brown is listed as a second-stringer behind DeSean Jackson.
Brown said his approach is to work hard, improve and play well in practice so that the coaches will have no choice but to get him on the field.
"I’m gonna go out there and prove myself, and I feel like no matter who's out there, I’m gonna go out there and do my thing and they can’t ignore it," he said. "You can’t ignore someone out there making plays everyday against some of the best corners in the league."
The Eagles' coaching staff and front office have backed Brown all offseason.
Here's what Andy Reid told the Inquirer's Bob Brookover back in March:
"He's got a lot of good football ahead of him. It's not that Reggie can't play. He's got to come in and play like the rest of them do. There's competition there. If somebody snoozes, then they're not going to be the one playing, whoever it is."
Other philly.com football links:
** Brookover and the Daily News' Les Bowen write about Jim Johnson's leave of absence.
** Daily News columnist Sam Donnellon says Johnson always makes those around him feel comfortable.
** The Daily News' Paul Domowitch talks about Jon Gruden replacing Tony Kornheisher on MNF.
** The Inquirer's Bob Ford wonders how Shawn Andrews will react to playing right tackle.