Four days ago, Mike Brown was in London, catching his first career NFL touchdown for the Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium.
On Thursday, Brown was back home in Charlottesville, enjoying some down time during the Jaguars' off week. And he talked about that 29-yard touchdown catch against the San Francisco 49ers.
"I ran a double move, and the guy bit pretty hard. And I knew I was going to be wide open," the Monticello High School alum recalled. "And the way that that stadium was set up, I could barely see the ball. So it was hard for me to track it at first. And then I saw it at the last second, actually, and kind of threw my hands up and caught it and got my feet down. So it was crazy."
That scoring catch was one of three receptions for Brown last Sunday. Despite missing four games after suffering a back injury in Jacksonville's season opener against Kansas City, Brown is currently third on the team with 226 receiving yards.
"Ever since I've been here, I've felt that I can play, I could compete with the guys," Brown said. "Going against them in practice every day, and then playing in the preseason and everything. So finally getting the opportunity to showcase that, it's been definitely a blessing."
Brown is in his second season with the Jaguars after joining the team as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Liberty University in 2012. He spent most of his rookie year on Jacksonville's practice squad, and didn't make a catch in two late-season game appearances.
Brown made his first career reception before getting hurt against the Chiefs in the season opener. He returned to catch four passes for 49 yards against the Denver Broncos on October 13. A week later, Brown put up his first career 100-yard receiving performance, catching five passes for a team-high 120 yards against the San Diego Chargers.
Brown's 13 catches for the season are currently good for sixth on the Jaguars.
"My coach has a saying that the better that you get, the better you have to be," Brown said. "It's not going to get easier. It only gets harder from here. So I'm just going to have to go back and continue to work like I have been, and preparing myself. Correcting all my mistakes that I've been making, and just try to get better every single day."
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