RENTON, Wash. -- Brandon Browner is not a typical NFL cornerback. The six-foot-four, 221-pound Browner towers over the Seattle Seahawks secondary. He looks out of place, like a wiry linebacker. But the Seahawks are hoping he can bring a physical presence to the edge of their defence. "The only guy I can ever think of that was this big was Mel Blount a million years ago," coach Pete Carroll said Friday. "He just is so tall. Most people would say he cant play being that tall, but hes doing it." Carroll had the chance to recruit Browner when he was the head coach at Southern California. Browner was a standout player at Sylmar High School, just north of Los Angeles. But Carroll decided to pass. Browner went on to star for Oregon State and was an undrafted free agent when he signed with Denver in 2005. The Broncos decided to move him to safety. The transition was a difficult one for Browner, who broke his arm in a pre-season game against San Francisco and was placed on injured reserve. He eventually was released and signed with the Canadian Football Leagues Calgary Stampeders. Browner made the CFL all-star team each of the past three seasons. "Ive matured," Browner said. "When I came out I was an underclassman. I was only 20 years old. Im 27 now, so a lot of things have changed over the years. "I did well up there in the CFL and it all worked out the way it was supposed to. Im back where I want to be." Carroll didnt pass up another opportunity to chase Browner. "I had lost track of him -- that he was playing in Canada for a few years and he was all-Canada or whatever and made the all-star team (three) years in a row, I said lets bring him in," Carroll said. "Lets see what weve got. I always knew that he was very effective at the line of scrimmage." With second-year cornerback Walter Thurmond missing time with an ankle sprain, Browner has been thrown in with the first-team defence opposite cornerback Marcus Trufant. Hes been matched up against the Seahawks larger wide receivers, Mike Williams and Sidney Rice, during workouts. "He kind of has the physical attributes were looking for, good speed, good size, good strength," defensive backs coach Kris Richard said. "Put it all together with a little bit of technique and a lot of wins should come out of that, so hes doing a fantastic job thus far." Seattle ranked 27th against the pass last season. Larger receivers proved to be a really difficult matchup. Dwayne Bowe had 13 catches for 170 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Hakeem Nicks had six catches for 128 yards and a touchdown for the New York Giants. With Thurmonds injury, the coaching staff is getting an extended chance to evaluate Browner with the hope he could be the piece to help keep opposing receivers in check. "Hes come out here and hes competed like crazy," Carroll said. "Hes had some very good days, one after another. Hes a four-year professional veteran if you look at it. Hes played a ton of football games and he just keeps growing and he fits in. Im looking for him to challenge for some play time. He looks like he can do that. Were so fortunate that we hit that so well see how it goes." NOTES: The Seahawks have signed RB Thomas Clayton, who was released by the New England Patriots on Wednesday. ... Carroll said DT Colin Cole (ankle) and CB Roy Lewis (knee) are still at least a couple weeks away from being able to get on the field. ... WR Ben Obomanu is away from the team after a death in the family. ... WR Deon Butler, TE Cameron Morrah, DT Red Bryant, DE Dexter Davis, CB Walter Thurmond, OL Caz Piurowski and WR Dominique Edison also did not practice on Friday. http://www.clippersteamofficialshop.com/Authentic-Matt-Barnes-Jersey/
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.C. -- The Carolina Panthers have added former San Diego wide receiver Legedu Naanee to the roster.BOSTON - Depending on whom you ask, it was only a matter of time before the suddenly scorching Toronto Raptors experienced a setback, even a negligible one. Conditioned to be skeptical following years of false hope, the teams loyal albeit exasperated fan base - or at least a segment of it - has been weary of the dreaded letdown game. "Its the first stinker weve had," coach Dwane Casey said after his much-improved team was stunned by the lowly Celtics, falling 88-83 in Boston, a city in which the Raptors have gone winless over the last six years. It was bound to happen eventually. The Raptors had been remarkably consistent in potential trap games, winning 10 of their last 11 contests against teams with losing records. Still, no one truly believed they would run the table with more than half the season left to be played, no one outside the locker room that is. "No," Kyle Lowry said straight-faced when asked if he saw it coming. "We dont expect to have any letdowns." Its just one game, one night, one of 82. In and of itself, the loss – however disappointing – shouldnt be a cause for concern. Even the best of the best get caught taking their foot off the gas but that doesnt provide solace to a team thats learning to demand more of themselves. "They out-worked us tonight, which is rare for us," Lowry said, his team giving up 19 offensive boards to the Celtics, who had lost nine straight coming into the contest. "It sucks but weve got to learn from this. Everyones pissed off right now, guys are mad and we should be." The Raptors came out flat and could never quite find the groove theyve been playing with for the better part of the last month. It was their most disheartening loss since a Dec. 18 overtime defeat at home to Charlotte and their worst effort since the Spurs ran them out of their own building eight days before that. Leading the division, Toronto owned the best record in the Eastern Conference since its early-December trade. On the other end of the spectrum, the Celtics were quickly sinking to the bottom of the Atlantic, jettisoning their assists-leader to the West Coast hours before hosting the red-hot Raptors on Wednesday. Missing Jordan Crawford, who was traded to Golden State earlier in the afternoon, and Rajon Rondo - expected to return from injury on Friday - the Celtics caught Toronto napping. The Raptors should, but probably wouldnt, appreciate the irony. Undermanned just hours after the Rudy Gay deal was consummated, the Raptors upset the heavily favoured Lakers in Los Angeles just over a month ago. Sometimes youre the windshield, on Wednesday they were the bug. "It started on the boards," Casey said, as the Raptors were out-rebounded 20-7 in the third quarter, when the game began to slip away.dddddddddddd. "I was disappointed in our rebounding, we just got whipped in every way in the paint." Forward Jared Sullinger grabbed eight of his 20 boards in the third, en route to a career performance. The Celtics sophomore became the first player in the franchises rich history to record at least 25 points, 20 rebounds and four assists in a game since Larry Bird accomplished that feat in 1987. Needless to say, Casey was not thrilled. "None of our bigs did a mans job on the boards tonight (and) thats the ball game," he said. "Anytime you give up that many (second-chance) points, you can point to any big." Jonas Valanciunas had a rough night on both ends of the floor, shooting just 1-of-7 in 23 minutes of action. Amir Johnson was held under 26 minutes, having to leave the game early in the third after tweaking his left ankle. "They played harder than us," Johnson admitted. "We definitely should have come out and won this game." Johnson said the injury did not occur on a specific play, instead it just started to feel sore, similar to what he felt before undergoing surgery on the same ankle in 2011. "It was weird," said Johnson, who was able to return to the game in the fourth quarter after getting treatment in the locker room. "Once I got the tape on it, it felt fine, but it was weird." Johnsons brief absence was costly, Patrick Patterson who had been playing at a high level was underwhelming and Tyler Hansbrough - sitting out his seventh straight, also with a sprained left ankle - was missed. For the first time in over a month Steve Novak was asked to log meaningful minutes as Toronto played catch-up in the fourth. Although the Raptors knocked down 11 threes on 24 attempts from beyond the arch - their fourth straight game with 11 or more treys - both teams shot under 40 per cent from the field. While Boston connected on 26 of their 36 attempts from the line, the Raptors missed a devastating 13 free throws (on 25 attempts), including several down the stretch. Down by as many as 18 in the second half, the Raptors managed to fight back and cut their deficit to three with under a minute remaining. Missed free throws and poor late-game execution was their undoing. "We have to use this as a reminder," said DeMar DeRozan, who led the Raptors with 23 points. "It doesnt matter who we are playing. If its a team we are better than, whatever, teams are still going to go out there and play hard. Boston didnt give up at all. They kept the pressure going on us. They played hard tonight." ' ' '