One of the really cool stories to come out of this year’s edition of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” was the tale of undersized tight end Les Brown. Unfortunately, that story just ended.
Brown was cut by the Dolphins on Sunday, despite wowing Miami’s coaches with his effort and determination. Brown just couldn’t figure out how to block effectively enough and Miami needed to cut him loose.
The former college basketball star at Westminster college, bulked up to 240 pounds and workout out for NFL scouts at BYU’s pro day in March. He went undrafted, but at 6’4″ and 240 pounds with outstanding athleticism and 4.43 speed, Brown was an intriguing prospect.
The Dolphins brought him in to camp and were impressed with his dedication and work ethic. But he hadn’t played football since high school and it showed in his technique, or lack thereof.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin had the following to say about Brown’s camp:
“I thought he made a lot of progress and came a long way in a relatively short period of time. I just didn’t think it was going to work out for him.”
We’ll see what’s next for Brown, maybe he’ll catch on with a practice squad and be given the chance to develop.