Levi Brown has never been the sort to talk much of himself or even give in to the emotions of his draft position opposite Adrian Peterson. He knows of the criticism leveled against him and he knows now of the compliments his new coach, Bruce Arians, has been giving him almost from the day Arians was hired. Brown is still getting stronger rehabbing from his triceps injury a year ago, so while he did work some during the easygoing on-field work the last couple of weeks (pictured below) he is sitting out the minicamp work. He will be back at some point. His job will probably be determined on what happens in the draft — if the Cards take a left tackle in the second round, would Levi move? — but he will be out there.
Levi has his faults. No one is arguing that. But it hurt the Cards last year when he went down. Is there a new appreciation for him? As usual, Levi wasn’t going to get into that.
“I haven’t been back on the field,” Brown said. “Things can change. You never know what happens.”
As for the idea fans might’ve missed him, Brown wouldn’t bite on that either. “It is what it is. This game is one of opinions and opinions are always out there. I have no problem with what people think. I just go out there and do my job.”
Arians believes the offensive line will be fine, and that’s before they add anyone in the draft. Brown, who had a chance to go elsewhere as a free agent last year and chose not to, obviously hasn’t decided to let whatever is said about him — or the line — affect his decisions.
“We probably had one year without criticism and even then we were the worst team in the playoffs (in 2008),” Brown said. “Criticism comes. We can deal with that. We’re going to continue to go out here and do what we have to do.”
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