Mike Brown who played quarterback at Liberty didn’t have a lot of options when he came out of college a year ago.

He wasn’t considered an NFL prospect as a quarterback and the scouts didn’t believe if he could make the transition to wide receiver.

He wasn’t invited to the league’s scouting combine and the Jaguars were the only team to offer him a contract as an undrafted rookie free agent.

“That’s all it takes’’ Brown said. “I was just thankful for the opportunity. The only thing I ever prayed for was an opportunity and that’s what I got. Whatever happens from here on in I know I gave it my all.’’
Brown is making the most of his opportunity.

After spending most of last year on the practice squad before being activated for the last two games Brown is one of the surprises of training camp and getting a lot of positive feedback from coaches.
He hopes to follow in the footsteps of Cecil Shorts who also played at a small school (Mount Union). Shorts caught only two passes in his rookie NFL season then caught 55 in his second year. Brown didn’t catch a pass in the two games he played in last year.

“That’s my guy’’ Shorts said. “We kind of hang around together probably too much. We worked together in the offseason and the hard work is starting to pay off for the both of us. We’ve got to stick together. There aren’t too many of us here [from small schools].’’

Wide receiver coach Jerry Sullivan said Brown had made a lot of progress over the past year.

“He had to learn the nuances of being a receiver and all the things that go with that. He understands the concepts’’ Sullivan said.

“He works hard in the weight room. It’s important to him and he does all the things you ask him to do. He’s taking the bull by the horns. He has enough skills to help us.’’

Brown said being a former college quarterback is helpful because he knows the entire offense. But switching positions from quarterback to receiver is a difficult challenge.