New England Patriots: Sergio Brown

Connections with Patriots & Colts

November, 16, 2012
The Patriots and Colts have familiarity not only because they seem to have played each other every season over the past decade, but also because of a few direct connections between the organizations, which are highlighted below:

Kicker Adam Vinatieri. Mr. Clutch for the Patriots during the team's run of three Super Bowl wins in four seasons, Vinatieri bolted for Indianapolis in free agency in 2006 and has remained a very good kicker since. The 39-year-old has had some struggles this season, missing half of his kicks from between 30-39 yards, but remains a weapon for Indianapolis on special teams.

Cornerback Darius Butler. Butler never panned out for the Patriots, playing for just two seasons with the team before being waived and eventually landing in Carolina for the 2011 season. But the 2009 second-round pick has been thrust into a starting role in Indianapolis, and delivered with an interception return for a touchdown in Week 10 against Jacksonville. The UConn graduate remains a terrific athlete.

Safety Sergio Brown. The special teamer didn't survive the final cuts with the Patriots during the 2012 training camp, but it wasn't long before Brown found work again, as he was picked up by the Colts and has played in every game this season. His role mirrors that which he held in New England -- primarily a special teams contributor -- and he has six tackles in 2012.

Others of note:

Offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo. The Colts' first-round pick in 2011, Castonzo was a standout tackle at Boston College, where he was the first true freshman to start on the offensive line in nearly a decade. He was taken just five slots after Patriots left tackle Nate Solder.

Linebacker Shawn Loiseau. Picked up by the Colts as a member of their practice squad on Wednesday, the Shrewsbury, Mass., native and Merrimack College graduate has found a home in the NFL after spending the 2012 training camp with the Houston Texans.

Danger signs at safety for Patriots?

September, 27, 2011

AP Photo/Steven SenneJosh Barrett knows the Patriots safeties have to play better moving forward.

The Patriots showed a lot of confidence in safeties Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown entering the 2011 season, but they need more from the duo to aid a struggling defense:

When the New England Patriots made the decision earlier this year to move forward without veteran safeties Brandon Meriweather and James Sanders, their actions suggested confidence in the young tandem of Josh Barrett and Sergio Brown.

Yet Barrett, a third-year player, and second-year man Brown had combined for a mere 379 total defensive snaps during their NFL careers (Barrett 285, Brown 94), according to data logged by analytical site Pro Football Focus. By comparison, Meriweather (952) and Sanders (819) played 1,771 total snaps for the Patriots last season alone.

While there have been some bright spots for both Brown and Barrett over the first three weeks of the season, a particularly rough weekend in Buffalo left some pundits openly grumbling about whether the Patriots made the right personnel decisions in their secondary.

Barrett and Brown have combined to play 76.4 percent of New England's defensive snaps this season, logging five starts between them. They've been part of a secondary that's been gashed for a league-worst 377 passing yards per game, and a lack of impact plays (Brown did have a nice interception against San Diego) has the pair in the spotlight after the Patriots' first loss of the season.

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Brown ends a long interception drought

September, 18, 2011
Jim Rogash/Getty ImagesSergio Brown celebrates his third-quarter interception with teammate Devin McCourty.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Forgive New England Patriots safety Sergio Brown if he was a little over-emphatic after his third-quarter interception in a 35-21 triumph over the San Diego Chargers Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

It was his first interception since high school. Yes, high school.

"I know, wow, I was ecstatic," said Brown. "That was my first interception since high school. Really -- high school. I was so in the moment that I really don't remember what I did after the interception."

All that matters is that Brown knows what he did to make the key play. Matched up on all-world tight end Antonio Gates, particularly after fellow safety Patrick Chung departed early in the second half with a hand injury, Brown made a nice break to pick off a pass after the Chargers had marched to the New England 17 late in the third quarter.

Brown made the swipe at the New England 9, preventing San Diego from biting into New England's 20-7 lead.

"I was man-to-man on Antonio Gates, he was running an out route and I was sticking him all the way to keep him off balance, so I ran as fast as I could to keep up with him," explained Brown. "When I turned and looked up the ball was there and I picked it."

Gates finished with no receptions, intercepted on his only target of the game.

"We hit him as much as we could because we knew we couldn't let him get started on his routes because as he builds up on his speed, he runs better routes as he gets up the field," said Brown. "So we try to get him as close to the line of scrimmage as possible."

Brown, an undrafted safety out of Notre Dame who appeared in 11 games as a rookie last season, earned his first career start Sunday. He finished with seven tackles, second on the team only to Jerod Mayo (11). More importantly, he helped New England cause four turnovers (two fumbles, two interceptions).

"We worked really hard this week on getting more turnovers," said Brown. "[Patriots safeties] coach Matt Patricia reminded us all week -- turnovers, turnovers, turnovers -- with extra drills all week and it really paid off."