Brown: I'm 100 percent; Newton favorite at RT

Brown: I'm 100 percent; Newton favorite at RT
July 22, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Brown talks health, O-line, Foster on STL

Duane Brown will be completely ready for the first training camp practice on Friday.

Brown, who had surgery to shave bone spurs on his ankle in early June, said he's "100 percent" on Monday afternoon, a few days from the first full practice of training camp.

"I'm 100 percent. And I actually felt better after the surgery, maybe a week, two weeks out, after surgery than I did before it," Brown said during his appearance on CSN's SportsTalk Live. "Ever since then, I've just been strengthening it and trying to get back to running and get my wind back. And feeling good now."

Brown, along with veteran Wade Smith and Chris Myers, was a Pro Bowler last year. The left side of the line wasn't a problem but the right side was. The team rotated players at the right guard and tackle spots throughout the year. This season, Brandon Brooks has won the RG spot from Ben Jones but the RT spot hasn't been claimed.

Last year's starter Derek Newton is recovering from offseason knee surgery and expects to be the starter, while rookie Brennan Williams was brought in to challenge for the role but injured his knee in the spring.  

"We'll have to see (who wins the job)," Brown said. "Derek Newton is somebody who really took a big step from Year 1 to Year 2. It's unfortunate that he got hurt but he's got a lot of talent. I think if he can get that knee better and come out 100 percent, I think he's the favorite to win the job."

Brown said he sees the talent in Williams but admitted the rookie lacks experience. And he called veteran backup Ryan Harris, who worked as the first-teamer in the spring "solid."

"I think we need to find definite starters at those positions," Brown said. "I think when you have to rotate like we did last year, it really throws off the chemistry and the rhythm that you can get as a lineman and as a duo over there with those guards and tackles and we have a lot of talent over there that just has to establish themselves as a starter in those role. A lot of great young players and it starts in training camp. It starts with them trying to get better individually. It starts with us as veterans on the left side, bringing them up to speed. And I think we'll be fine."

Brown was also asked about Arian Foster, the guy whom he and his offensive line teammates block for and Brown had some complimentary words.

"I think Arian's gonna have the best season he's had in his career," the All-Pro Brown said. "Just based on his mentality this offseason, I've been working out with him quite a bit, he's as hungry as I've ever seen him."

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