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By Eli Kaberon

One of the few positives to emerge from the Chargers' Week 10 loss to the Raiders was the development of rookie WR Vincent Brown. Starting in place of the injured Malcom Floyd, Brown had five receptions for 97 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown. He also had a 33-yard TD overturned as he was ruled to have been out of bounds while firming his grasp on the ball.

Brown struggled early in the season to find a spot in the Chargers' offense, as his skills as an outside receiver didn't transition well to lining up in the slot. He was targeted just four times during the first seven games, having been inactive for two of those games. It wasn't until Floyd suffered a hip injury in Week Eight that Brown was able to transition to his more natural spot on the field and showcase his skills.

With good speed and strong hands, the third-round pick can be of major value in the Chargers' offense. In recent weeks, opponents have double-teamed WR Vincent Jackson and TE Antonio Gates, limiting the playmakers QB Philip Rivers has at his disposal. We hear Brown is earning the confidence of coaches and Rivers, meaning more passes should be coming his way over the second half of the season, even when Floyd returns to full strength.

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