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John Brown | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 4/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 179
College: Pittsburg State
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John Brown secured 2-of-5 targets for 41 yards in the Cardinals' Week 7 win over the Raiders.
The Cardinals took a few shots downfield to 4.34 speedster Brown, but couldn't connect until the fourth quarter, when Brown came down with a 22-yarder over the middle against Raiders S Brandian Ross. As the No. 4 option in Arizona's passing game -- behind Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald, and Andre Ellington -- Brown has very little chance to be a consistent producer in fantasy leagues. Oct 19 - 7:36 PM

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John Brown secured 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in the Cardinals' Week 6 win over the Redskins.

He tied John Carlson and Larry Fitzgerald for third on the Cardinals in targets, behind Andre Ellington (9) and Michael Floyd (7). Brown has big-play ability with 4.34 wheels, but is somewhat buried in the Cardinals' pecking order for targets. He's going to be highly inconsistent week to week.
Oct 12 - 8:59 PM

John Brown caught two passes for four yards in the Cardinals' Week 5 loss to the Broncos.

A third-round rookie playing behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, Brown has been predictably inconsistent while having to deal with musical chairs at quarterback in Arizona. Even if Carson Palmer returns in Week 6 against the Redskins, Brown will be no more than a boom-or-bust WR4/flex option.
Oct 5 - 8:30 PM

John Brown caught 4-of-6 targets for 52 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona's Week 3 win over the 49ers.

Brown logged touchdowns of 24 and 21 yards, with the first coming through the heart of the defense. Brown now has three scores on 15 targets through his first three NFL games. He has Mike Wallace/T.Y. Hilton type speed, but he's not going to be a viable WR3 with that kind of volume. Brown will likely be a more valuable "real life" than fantasy player this season.
Sep 21 - 8:00 PM

Cardinals rookie John Brown caught 3-of-4 targets for 28 yards in Sunday's Week 2 win over the Giants.

Brown is up to five catches for 57 yards and a touchdown through two games. His role isn't big or consistent enough for reliable WR3 value, but Brown is worth rostering as a WR5. He could reach WR3 levels if something happened to Michael Floyd or Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals take on San Francisco next.
Sep 14 - 4:49 PM

John Brown played 43-of-74 (58 percent) offensive snaps in Monday night's Week 1 win over the Chargers.

Brown has openly been compared to T.Y. Hilton by coach Bruce Arians. Arians was Hilton's rookie offensive coordinator in Indianapolis in 2012. Both are in similar situations as the No. 3 receiver in a pass-happy offense. In 2012, Hilton played 61 percent of the snaps and posted a 58-927-7 line on 101 targets. It's confirmation that Brown is worth owning as a WR4 in 12-team leagues.
Sep 10 - 12:49 PM

John Brown caught two passes for 29 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 1 win over the Chargers on Monday night.

Brown saw five targets on the night and played a ton of snaps in three-wide sets. The third-round rookie out of tiny Pittsburg State has drawn Marvin Harrison and T.Y. Hilton comparisons this summer. He showed some quick moves on his game-winning 13-yard touchdown pass on a screen play late in the fourth quarter. Carson Palmer even targeted Brown on an end-zone fade earlier in the game. In Arizona's pass-heavy offense, Brown has WR4 value.
Sep 9 - 2:04 AM

Coach Bruce Arians believes third-round WR John Brown could play up to 60 percent of the Cardinals' offensive snaps.

That would be more than enough to put Brown on the fantasy radar. As's Chris Wesseling points out, T.Y. Hilton played 57 percent of the Colts' snaps as a rookie for Arians in 2012. Hilton is a player to whom Brown has been frequently compared. The source of constant praise from his coach and GM Steve Keim, Brown has 10 catches for 165 yards and a touchdown through three preseason games. He's shaping up as a viable late-round flier.
Source: The MMQB
Aug 26 - 6:20 PM

John Brown caught four passes for 56 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's preseason game against the Bengals.

Brown appears to have sewn up the No. 3 wideout job, as he comes in on three-wide sets and kicks Larry Fitzgerald into the slot. The third-round rookie out of Pittsburg State has certainly earned it by buzzing throughout offseason practices and putting up a 10-165-1 line in three preseason games. There are some T.Y. Hilton comparisons here as Brown goes 5'11/179 but ran a 4.34. He's creeping onto our flier lists in 14- and 16-team leagues.
Aug 24 - 11:19 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim compares third-round WR John Brown's rookie progress to Anquan Boldin's.

"I haven’t seen a rookie come in and do what he’s done — and it’s early still — since Anquan Boldin," said Keim. "(He) has uncanny instincts, unbelievable understanding of route concepts, leverage, being in the right spot at the right time. On top of great ball skills, he has unusual speed and explosiveness. ... I haven’t seen any of our players cover him." Keim's continual public praise makes it clear Brown is putting heat on Ted Ginn for the No. 3 job. Although it's hard to see Brown making a re-draft impact behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, it's getting harder and harder to ignore the hype.
Source: Grantland
Aug 12 - 5:55 PM

Cardinals rookie WR John Brown caught five of his team-high 10 targets for 87 yards against the Texans Saturday night.

Brown got the start with both Michael Floyd and Ted Ginn sidelined, and made the most of it. Brown made three 20-plus yard catches and would have had a sure-fire touchdown had QB Drew Stanton made a better throw. Brown should push Ginn for No. 3 receiver duties early this season.
Aug 9 - 10:34 PM

Third-round WR John Brown (hamstring) returned to Cardinals practice Tuesday.

Brown missed four sessions with a tender hammy. He's ready to roll and should be available for Arizona's preseason opener this weekend.
Aug 5 - 2:30 PM

Cardinals third-round WR John Brown has missed four straight practices with a hamstring injury.

Coach Bruce Arians doesn't seem concerned and expects Brown to be back this week. The 5-foot-10, 179-pound speed demon has been making waves in camp. He'll push Ted Ginn for No. 3 duties but may not put up big statistical numbers in year one. Brown's role could increase dramatically in 2015 if Arizona is forced to cut Larry Fitzgerald. Brown is a guy to go after in Dynasty.
Aug 5 - 12:18 PM

Cardinals GM Steve Keim has called third-round WR John Brown un-coverable in camp.

"I can tell you so far we haven't been able to cover him," were Keim's exact words. Brown has been creating buzz all offseason, drawing comparisons to past under-sized Bruce Arians wideouts like T.Y. Hilton and Antonio Brown. Brown's 5-foot-10, 179-pound frame comes with 4.34 wheels. He'll have a hard time making a re-draft impact behind Michael Floyd, Larry Fitzgerald and perhaps even Ted Ginn, but is obviously a name to pursue in Dynasty formats.
Jul 28 - 2:02 PM

According to's Gil Brandt, the Cardinals think third-round WR John Brown "will be a special player" and are "very high on him" after spring practices.

Coach Bruce Arians has likened Brown to past pupils Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton, although the 5-foot-10, 179-pounder with 4.34 jets profiles more similarly to Mike Wallace, from whom Arians coaxed a 39-756-19.4-6 rookie year in Pittsburgh. Per Brandt, Brown will spend pre-training camp time working with Carson Palmer in San Diego. Brown is squarely on the radar in Dynasty leagues.
Jun 25 - 7:39 PM

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