Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justin Brown Eyes New Targets

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Justin Brown Eyes New Targets

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In a perfect world, Steelers receiver Justin Brown would not have participated in rookie minicamp for a second consecutive year. The camp's name suggests Brown was out of place, which he was as the only 2013 draft pick that had to take part in the three-day camp.

Brown was selected in the sixth round last year and did not make the 53-man roster. He spent the season on the practice squad, which made him eligible to participate in the camp for the second year in a row with other members of the 2013 practice squad, the 2014 draft choices and undrafted free agents.

Brown, who came to the Steelers after playing for Penn State and Oklahoma, said his second go-round at rookie minicamp stood in stark contrast to his first.

"It's a lot different having that year under my belt, just knowing the system," Brown said. "My first year, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Now, I'm more comfortable and I can just play."

Brown hopes to carry that confidence over into offseason training activities, which begin next week at the team's training facility on the South Side. He will be in a battle to make the 53-man roster again this season.

The Steelers lost two of their top three receivers to free agency when Emmanuel Sanders signed with Denver and Jerricho Cotchery signed with Carolina. They signed Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward- Bey in free agency and drafted former Clemson speedster Martavis Bryant in the fourth round to go along veteran Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton, the third-round pick in 2013 who figures to begin training camp as the other starter.

Moore was signed to replace Cotchery, and Bryant figures to make the team. That leaves one spot for Brown, Heyward-Bey and Derek Moye, who beat out Brown for the final roster spot last season.

"I'm not worried about the numbers game," Brown said. "I'm trying to get better and not getting caught up in who they drafted. …

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