Lions' Brown to get bigger running role
Tim Brown is expected to get more carries for the B.C. Lions in the club’s final two regular season games. (Reuters)
At a generously listed 5-foot-8, along with his soft-spoken approach, it’s easy for Tim Brown to get overlooked among his larger and more dynamic teammates on the B.C. Lions.
But after his strong performance against the Edmonton Eskimos last Friday, the second-year running back and returner may start commanding more of the spotlight in the team’s remaining two regular season games.
“He was phenomenal,” Lions head coach Mike Benevides said of Brown on Tuesday. “He might have been our best player considering how he did on special teams. But there will definitely be a play count for everybody (this week). I have that written down, I know what I want out of him. So Timmy will get more touches.”
Quarterback Mike Reilly was also quick to laud Brown’s play in the club’s 39-19 victory against the Eskimos, saying it was, “probably a bigger game than people understand.”
Brown, who turns 28 on Thursday, had a season-high 50 rushing yards on four carries while scoring his first touchdown from scrimmage on the season. He also caught two passes for 34 yards and returned nine punts/kicks for 184 yards.
Although Andrew Harris remains the No. 1 tailback option, they will need to keep Harris fresh and can spread out the carries with the Leos already having clinched first place in the West Division.
“They’re both very quick and good running backs but they definitely do have their different styles,” Reilly said. “We’ve been utilizing certain formations the past couple weeks where we have them both out on the field at the same time, and that makes it very difficult. It’s a good one-two combo and there’s no doubt about it.”
Against the Stampeders this Friday in frigid Calgary, the Lions may be forced to rely on their running game a little more. But for Brown — who is third overall in the CFL with 2,368 combined yards — he just wants to contribute however which way.
“I at least try to bring another element to our team and be of help anyway I can with Andrew,” the Stockton, Calif., native said. “We’re lightning and thunder sometimes.”
Benevides said the injury status on quarterback Travis Lulay (shoulder) and slotback Arland Bruce (concussion) hasn’t changed. Neither is expected to play Friday. Geroy Simon, who continued to take first team reps at practice, will return after missing three games.