Brandon Brown speaks fluent Giants.
The assistant general manager said on Friday that the team is always looking for players who are “smart, tough and dependable,” a three-word mantra that is used repeatedly by general manager Joe Schoen and coach Brian Daboll, who emigrated here from Buffalo. Brown arrived from the Eagles this offseason but clearly has caught on to the philosophies — and lingo — of the new regime.
“The beauty of coming here is that is something Joe, Dabes and myself have been aligned on,” Brown said. “Obvious they put that into a quote tag, being ‘smart, tough and dependable.’ But in terms of putting that into a process of how to build a roster, those are all things we primarily agreed on before I even came here.”
Brown, who grew up in Glen Head and played for St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, described his job as being in “football solutions.” He deals most directly with scouting, particularly because the Giants currently have no one handling college scouting, but generally makes sure all of the elements that make the organization come together smoothly to help the team in the best way possible.
He’s also on a track toward his own general managership one day, following a similar path taken by Schoen, who was an assistant for five years in Buffalo under Brandon Beane before taking the Giants’ job in January.
For now, though, Brown is more focused on the Giants than his own career.
“When your team goals are accomplished, your personal goals will align with it,” Brown said. “That’s my biggest thing, to be a high-efficiency operator in what I am doing, help us build a culture, help us turn the team around, and everything else will work out.”
Notes & quotes: WR Keelan Doss was told he was being cut Friday morning, but when fellow WR Robert Foster injured a hamstring in practice and was placed on injured reserve, Doss returned in the afternoon without ever having been officially waived . . . LB Blake Martinez practiced and might make his preseason debut coming back from a torn ACL on Sunday. WRs Kadarius Toney and Darius Slayton did not practice and likely will not play Sunday.