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John Brown | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 4/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 179
College: Pittsburg State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (91) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians agrees with Carson Palmer's assessment that John Brown has looked more explosive this offseason.
"Smoke looks like John Brown," said Arians, using Brown's nickname. "A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year. Knock on wood it stays that way." Palmer said Brown looked "stronger" and "more explosive." Slowed by a concussion in camp, Brown's 2016 was derailed by issues with his sickle-cell trait, as well as a cyst on his spine. With Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald aging, Brown is a strong bounce-back candidate. May 18 - 5:55 PM

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Speaking Tuesday, Carson Palmer said John Brown looks "stronger" and "more explosive" following his injury-marred 2016.

Brown said he's "feeling like myself" now that doctors have found a way to control the sickle-cell issues that ruined his 2016 season. Surgeons also removed a cyst from Brown's spine that apparently sapped his energy. Being drafted as WR46 in MFL10s currently, Brown has massive upside at that draft cost.
May 16 - 8:15 PM

John Brown had a cyst removed from his spine in January.

Brown was slowed by sickle-cell issues for much of 2016, but was also bothered by the cyst, which was sapping his energy. "I was sleeping too much. I couldn’t eat right. My body just wasn’t in it," Brown said. "I couldn’t do anything, really. I was just drained out." Brown believes things are now back to normal. Excellent in 2014-15 before last year's disappointment, Brown is a major bounce-back candidate, especially with Michael Floyd no longer in the desert.
May 4 - 4:32 PM

Cardinals president Michael Bidwill believes the team has solved John Brown's sickle-cell issue.

"He is very healthy, looks like they found the issue," Bidwill said. "We’ll get 'Smoke' back the way we had him." Brown missed only one game in 2016, but was limited for many others. His numbers plummeted from his breakout sophomore campaign. With Michael Floyd out of the desert, Brown will have an excellent shot at rebounding to WR3 status if he can remain healthy for 2017.
Feb 14 - 7:03 PM

John Brown reeled in two-of-four targets for 25 yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 17 win over the Rams.

Brown cracked 1,000 yards for the first time last season but didn’t come close to matching that accomplishment in 2016. Sickle-cell issues hampered Brown all year. He caught two passes or fewer in seven of his last eight games while playing on a snap count. There’s opportunity for Brown with Michael Floyd gone and Larry Fitzgerald weighing retirement, but only if his health permits. He’ll probably go undrafted in the majority of 10 and 12-team leagues next summer.
Jan 1 - 8:36 PM

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 17 against the Rams.

He's been a limited participant at practice the last two days after being absent on Wednesday. Brown's status for Sunday's finale has never been in doubt. He had his best game of the season against the Rams in Week 4, delivering 10 catches for 144 yards. Of course that was before he was limited by his sickle-cell condition.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 04:30:00 PM

John Brown (illness) returned to a limited practice on Thursday.

Brown played 48.3 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps in last week's victory over the Seahawks. He should see a similar workload in Sunday's season finale against the Rams.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 04:23:00 PM

John Brown (illness) didn't practice on Wednesday.

This has become his weekly routine. Brown should be all set for Sunday's season finale against the Rams, though he'll likely be on a snap count. He's been battling symptoms from his sickle-cell condition all year.
Wed, Dec 28, 2016 07:23:00 PM

John Brown caught 1-of-2 targets for 12 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 win over the Seahawks.

It's been a lost season for Brown, who has battled complications from a sickle-cell trait and has therefore been a limited part of the Cardinals' game plan.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 08:46:00 PM

John Brown is active for Week 16 against the Seahawks.

As expected, Brown will rotate in behind Larry Fitzgerald and J.J. Nelson. The Cardinals' Week 16 inactives are QB Zac Dysert, WR Marquis Bundy, CB Marcus Cooper, DT Olsen Pierre, LT D.J. Humphries, and DLs Ed Stinson and Xavier Williams.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 03:05:00 PM

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Brown was limited at practice all week. The 35 snaps he logged last Sunday were his most since Week 11. Even with his snap count on the rise, Brown will be no more than a WR4 this week.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 03:23:00 PM

John Brown (illness) was "limited" in Thursday's practice.

The Cardinals have been limiting Brown's practice reps since his sickle-cell issues came up. He'll be a risk/reward WR4 for the fantasy finals.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 06:29:00 PM

John Brown (illness) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Brown is usually limited at practice. He'll be fine for Saturday's tilt with Seattle. Brown drew six targets in last week's loss to New Orleans, his most since Week 6. Even with Michael Floyd out of the equation, Brown won't be more than a desperation WR4 in championship week.
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 07:23:00 PM

John Brown caught 5-of-6 targets for 81 yards and a touchdown Week 15 against the Saints.

Brown still played limited snaps in this one, but he was on the field more following the release of Michael Floyd and made a couple big plays. The biggest was a nicely thrown ball by Carson Palmer which went for a 30-yard score in the fourth quarter, and the quarterback missed Brown on what should have been another long touchdown in the first half. Brown will remain difficult to trust while playing fewer snaps than J.J. Nelson, but this game was a step in the correct direction.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 08:30:00 PM

John Brown (illness) is questionable for Week 15 against the Saints.

Brown was limited all week but should be fine for Sunday. He's averaged 24.3 snaps over his last three games and will see about the same number in Week 15. Brown hasn't been a fantasy factor in quite some time.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 04:30:00 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
3Blaine Gabbert
4Zac Dysert
RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3T.J. Logan
4Elijhaa Penny
GLB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
3RB1David Johnson
2Kerwynn Williams
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3Andre Ellington
4Brittan Golden
5Chris Hubert
WR21J.J. Nelson
2John Brown
3Chad Williams
4Jeremy Ross
5Aaron Dobson
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Troy Niklas
3Ifeanyi Momah
4Hakeem Valles
LT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
3Givens Price
LG1Mike Iupati
2Dorian Johnson
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Tony Bergstrom
3Daniel Munyer
RG1Evan Boehm
2John Wetzel
3Kaleb Johnson
RT1Jared Veldheer
2Ulrick John
3Will Holden
K1Phil Dawson