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John Brown | Wide Receiver | #12

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 4/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 179
College: Pittsburg State
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 3 (91) / ARZ
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John Brown played 47-of-82 (57%) snaps Week 3 against the Bills.
Brown appeared to get back on track with 6 catches for 70 yards on 11 targets, but the snap count shows he was once again a limited member of the offense. Six of his targets came after the four-minute mark in the third quarter with the Cardinals in comeback mode. Despite the resurgence, there are still reasons to worry about Brown's role moving forward. Sep 26 - 9:04 AM

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John Brown caught 6-of-11 targets for 70 yards in the Cardinals' Week 3 loss to the Bills.

It's a big story because Brown's playing time and production were limited in Arizona's first two games. He finally got going against the Bills, drawing 11 targets to tie Michael Floyd for second on the team behind Larry Fitzgerald (12) in a game where Carson Palmer attempted 50 throws. Brown needs to be picked up in fantasy leagues where he was dropped after a slow start. He has upside WR3 potential the rest of the way.
Sep 25 - 5:03 PM

John Brown caught 1-of-3 targets for 14 yards in Arizona's Week 2 thrashing of the Bucs.

Once again, Brown was a distant third behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. He got out-targeted by Darren Fells, and watched Jaron Brown score a 51-yard touchdown. Brown has shown the potential to be an elite playmaker, but he simply doesn't have a fantasy viable role right now. He's caught two passes on seven targets through two games. He remains worth stashing in 12-team leagues because of his upside, but won't be startable against the Bills in Week 3.
Sep 18 - 7:56 PM

John Brown played just 35-of-61 snaps Sunday night against the Patriots.

Brown was easily out-snapped by both Larry Fitzgerald (59) and Michael Floyd (58). He managed to catch just 1-of-4 targets for eight yards on his limited plays. It is possible the Cardinals were taking it easy on Brown after he missed most of camp with a concussion, but his usage is certainly a concern. He will be no better than a WR3 this week against the Bucs.
Sep 12 - 10:22 AM

John Brown caught one-of-four passes for eight yards Sunday in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to the Patriots.

Carson Palmer fed him a couple deep balls but Brown struggled to find separation against Malcolm Butler’s swarming coverage. It’s usually feast or famine with Brown and Sunday was the latter. He saw fewer targets than both Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and could be in for a long season if Palmer looks as shaky as he did on Sunday. Brown will try to bounce back against the Bucs in Week 2.
Sep 12 - 1:20 AM

John Brown started the Cardinals' preseason finale Thursday night.

He only played about a drive and a half and wasn't targeted by Matt Barkley, but the fact that Brown played at all was a step in the right direction. Brown only recently began stringing together consecutive practices after a concussion derailed most of his camp. Brown is on track to start the season opener.
Sep 1 - 10:02 PM

John Brown (headaches, concussion) has been cleared to resume playing.

He could suit up for Thursday's exhibition finale, but almost certainly won't. Brown hasn't played a snap this preseason, but the Cardinals obviously aren't going to further risk his health. The lingering nature of Brown's concussion issues is a definite concern, but he'll be out there for Week 1. Brown has become a risk/reward WR3 in the Cardinals' crowded receiver corps.
Aug 30 - 4:05 PM

John Brown (concussion/headaches) "couldn't say" Monday whether he'll be ready for Week 1.

The good news is Brown says this is the first concussion of his life. The bad news is he's endured several setbacks, leaving practice early twice with headaches and missing several more entirely. "I’m just taking it one day at a time," Brown said. "My focus is just being able to practice, just being able to get through a full practice." The Cardinals host the Patriots on September 11.
Aug 30 - 1:11 PM

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Monday that John Brown is still experiencing headaches.

Arians did insist Brown is "making progress," and that Smokey has been headache free for two days. Brown's recovery has still been alarmingly slow from an early-camp concussion. The Cardinals have not yet given any indication that Brown's reoccurring headaches could keep him out of Week 1.
Aug 29 - 3:30 PM

John Brown is sitting out Sunday's regular season dress rehearsal.

The Cardinals have zero reason to risk Brown's health after he spent much of the month battling concussion issues. It's a concern for the regular season, but Brown will be out there Week 1. He provides a ton of upside as a WR3.
Aug 28 - 3:38 PM

John Brown (concussion) returned to Cardinals practice Thursday.

Brown's Wednesday headache looks like it was just a scare after he returned from his concussion on Sunday. It's still obviously a situation to monitor, and a concern heading into Week 1. Brown will probably be held out of this weekend's regular season dress rehearsal.
Aug 25 - 2:11 PM

John Brown missed Cardinals practice with a headache on Wednesday.

We usually wait three days to blurb players with seemingly day-to-day injuries, but this is especially concerning after Brown missed three weeks of training camp with a concussion. He was cleared to practice earlier this week. Brown will likely be placed back into the NFL's concussion protocol. We're not quite worried that he'll miss Week 1, but the situation is increasingly troubling.
Aug 24 - 3:31 PM

John Brown (concussion) has been cleared to resume practicing.

We got mildly concerned as Brown missed nearly three weeks of training camp with the brain injury. He should now have a shot to play in the Cardinals' regular season dress rehearsal next weekend. 26-year-old Brown is coming off a breakout 65-1,003-7 campaign despite nursing hamstring problems for most of 2015. He's arguably the highest-floor fantasy pick in Arizona's wideout corps.
Aug 21 - 4:34 PM

John Brown remains in the league's concussion protocol.

Coach Bruce Arians called it a "concern," and said the team will continue being cautious. Brown has now been sidelined over two weeks. He'll obviously miss Friday's preseason game, and should be considered questionable for next week's regular season dress rehearsal. Worrisome as it is, there's still no reason to ding Brown's draft status as an upside WR3.
Aug 16 - 3:23 PM

John Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for the Cardinals' preseason opener on Friday.

Coach Bruce Arians said Brown won't play even if he's cleared before Friday. Arians said Saturday that Brown is "making progress." He'll hopefully be ready to go for Arizona's second preseason game on Aug. 19.
Aug 9 - 2:11 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Carson Palmer
2Drew Stanton
RB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3Andre Ellington
4Stepfan Taylor
GLB1David Johnson
2Chris Johnson
3RB1David Johnson
2Andre Ellington
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2Jaron Brown
3J.J. Nelson
WR21Michael Floyd
2John Brown
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2Jermaine Gresham
3Troy Niklas
LT1Jared Veldheer
LG1Mike Iupati
2Earl Watford
C1A.Q. Shipley
2Evan Boehm
RG1Evan Mathis
2John Wetzel
RT1D.J. Humphries
2Cole Toner
K1Chandler Catanzaro