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‘Natural quarterback’ Philly Brown ready if Carolina Panthers need him

Carolina Panthers receiver Philly Brown is one of two emergency quarterbacks for Sunday in case something happens to starter Derek Anderson or backup Joe Webb.

To hear him tell it, he’s a natural.

“I’m a quarterback. That’s my real position,” Brown deadpanned. “I don’t know if we can call it an emergency quarterback, but I’m getting work at quarterback.”

The 5-foot-11 Brown said he was a backup at Cardinal O’Hara High School in Pennsylvania. And the only reason he was a backup was because the team had a five-star quarterback starting, he said.

The probability of Brown actually playing quarterback Sunday against the Bucs is virtually zero, but that didn’t stop Brown from having fun with it.

“They got me working for a reason,” Brown said. “I’m telling y’all. You’ll see. No, hopefully you don’t see. But if I have to, we’ll see.”

Panthers coach Ron Rivera got a good laugh after being told Brown, who’s real first name is Corey, said he was a natural quarterback.

“Tell Corey his natural position is receiver,” Rivera said.

Receiver De’Andre Presley is the other emergency quarterback. He played the position for Appalachian State in 2010 and 2011.