Standing at his Chargers locker after practice Vincent Brown picked up his last piece of clothing tugged the sweatshirt over his head and turned around. In an instant four video cameras from the local TV stations were a foot from his face.

Welcome back.

“Once you have a big game everybody wants to come and talk to you” Brown said later after the scrum had broken up.

He related this with a smile. He doesn’t mind a bit because it seemed like forever since Brown put in the kind of performance to warrant such attention. It happened on Sunday night against the Oakland Raiders with the former San Diego State star catching seven passes for a career-high 117 yards in a tough loss.

Brown made the Chargers’ longest catch in the game a 51-yarder that set up a fourth-quarter touchdown and he had three receptions in one third-quarter drive that ended in a field goal. He also caught a 30-yard touchdown pass that would have been his second score of the year but it was nullified because rookie tackle Nick Becton did not line up properly.

Brown had seven catches the previous week in the win over the Cowboys but those came on tighter routes with smaller gains. Against the Raiders Brown got a chance to shift gears a few times and five of his catches gained more than 10 yards. Importantly five of the receptions came on second-and-long with four resulting in a first down.

The results can’t be underestimated when it comes to Brown’s confidence. The 24-year-old continues to work his way back mentally and physically from the broken ankle he suffered in the 2012 preseason that kept him out all of last year.

“It felt great to be out there contributing trying to help the team win” Brown said. “It’s all about getting the wins and we didn’t get the win but to get in a mode I haven’t been in in a long time felt pretty good.”

With eight catches in the first three games Brown and his comeback were overshadowed by the resurgence of Antonio Gates the spectacular start by Eddie Royal and the revelation of rookie Keenan Allen. Brown didn’t figure to be invisible for long with the injury losses of Malcom Floyd and Danario Alexander but either by game plan or happenstance it took a while for him and Rivers to find their comfort zone again.