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John Brown | Wide Receiver

Team: Arizona Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 4/3/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 179
College: Pittsburg State
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Cardinals second-year WR John Brown is up to 183 pounds.
Smokey played at 173 as a rookie and plans to continue to add more bulk after admitting his body "started going down" toward the end of last year. As long as the added weight doesn't take Brown's blazing speed, it should help him better beat press coverage on the outside. T.Y. Hilton plays close to 183 pounds. Apr 24 - 10:02 AM

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The Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman expects "big things" from Cardinals second-year WR John Brown this season.

It's going to be awfully hard for Brown to improve on his 94 targets as a rookie, barring an injury, because Larry Fitzgerald is returning on a new two-year contract. Coach Bruce Arians has also said he expects a bigger year out of Michael Floyd. The Cardinals love "Smokey" Brown, but he may have to sit tight for another year or two. Arizona is also expected to run the ball more in 2015.
Apr 17 - 10:19 AM

John Brown caught four passes for nine yards in the Cardinals' Wild Card loss to the Panthers.

Brown had the Cardinals' longest gain of the afternoon on a 21-yard catch in the fourth quarter. His stat line was hurt by a final-play lateral session where Brown was credited with a mammoth loss. The 91st pick in May's draft, Brown had a largely successful rookie season but saw his numbers go in the toilet after Carson Palmer's season-ending knee injury. He finished with a 48-696-5 receiving line in the regular season and will be back as a big part of the passing game in 2015. Brown's fantasy outlook will improve if Larry Fitzgerald moves on.
Jan 3 - 8:39 PM

John Brown secured 4-of-9 targets for 51 yards in the Cardinals' Week 17 loss to San Francisco.

Brown also had a critical drop in the fourth quarter that would've gone for a sure first down. Brown started his rookie year red hot, but faded as the season moved along, perhaps running into a "rookie wall." If the Cardinals are going to upset Carolina in the Wild Card round, they'll need Brown to be much more sharp.
Sun, Dec 28, 2014 07:47:00 PM

John Brown caught three passes for 54 yards in the Cardinals' Week 16 loss to Seattle.

Brown led the Cardinals in receiving in a game where Ryan Lindley completed just 41 percent of his passes. He remains the No. 3 option behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Brown won't be on the daily-league radar against the 49ers.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 01:19:00 AM

John Brown caught 2-of-6 targets for 22 yards in Arizona's Week 15 win over the Rams.

Brown should have had a third grab, but committed a drop on third down. Brown is the real deal as a playmaker, but has gone in the tank since Carson Palmer was lost for the season, catching just 12 passes in five games. Brown won't be on the daily-league radar against the Legion of Boom in Week 16.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:18:00 AM

John Brown did not catch any of his four targets against the Chiefs Week 14.

Brown briefly left after taking a big hit in the third quarter, but the injury did not affect his stat line. Getting inconsistent targets from an inconsistent quarterback, Brown is just a upside dart throw in fantasy.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 07:33:00 PM

John Brown caught just two passes for 40 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss at Atlanta.

Brown surprisingly wasn't a major part of the gameplan even though Larry Fitzgerald (knee) was inactive. His first catch didn't come until the second half and he saw just five total targets -- less than Jaron Brown (nine targets) and Ted Ginn (seven). It leaves Brown as a shaky WR3 bet even if Fitz sits against the Chiefs in Week 14, especially with inept Drew Stanton crippling this offense.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:05:00 PM

John Brown caught three passes for 61 yards in Sunday's Week 12 loss at Seattle.

Starting in place of Larry Fitzgerald (knee), Brown impressively adjusted on a deep lob from Drew Stanton for a 33-yard gain. He also had a 23-yard catch called back by a holding call. Continuing to show he's a difference-making talent in this league, we have no doubts that he'll feast on Atlanta in Week 13 if he draws another start. Add him while we wait for news to develop -- early signs on Fitz are not good.
Sun, Nov 23, 2014 07:47:00 PM

John Brown caught 5-of-9 targets for 69 yards in the Cardinals' Week 11 win over the Lions.

Each of Brown's yards, catches and targets led the team, though it was Michael Floyd who secured both of Drew Stanton's touchdown passes. Either way, Brown continued to display the most chemistry with Stanton of any Cardinals wideout. It's to be expected for players who developed a bond on the second team, but Stanton should slowly start gravitating more toward Larry Fitzgerald and Floyd. Brown is a big-play threat, but a boom-or-bust WR4 for fantasy purposes.
Sun, Nov 16, 2014 08:01:00 PM

John Brown caught five passes for 73 yards and one touchdown in the Cardinals' Week 10 win over the Rams.

Brown was targeted nine times, just one behind Larry Fitzgerald for the team lead. Meanwhile, Michael Floyd caught just 1-of-4 targets. As guest analyst and current Colts QB Matt Hasselbeck pointed out as a guest analyst, Brown is running all the T.Y. Hilton routes in Bruce Arians' offense. Brown has the highest upside in Arizona's pass game. He's a weekly WR4 dart-toss.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 08:15:00 PM

John Brown caught 2-of-5 targets for 10 yards in Arizona's Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

One of Brown's missed connections was an ugly drop. Brown's speed and big-play ability have been as advertised, but he's on pace for just 48/652/8 at the season's midway point. He's a low-floor, high-ceiling dart throw as a WR4.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 05:04:00 PM

ESPN's Bill Polian said on NFL Insiders Monday that Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told him third-round rookie WR John Brown "reminds me of Marvin Harrison."

It's high praise from Arians, who worked on the Colts' staff from 1998-2000 when Harrison was in his prime. Harrison stood 6-foot, 185 pounds while Brown goes 5-foot-10, 179 with 4.34 speed. Brown busted out for five catches, 119 yards, and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Eagles. Although he will continue to be an inconsistent WR3 option in re-draft leagues, fantasy owners who secured Brown in Dynasty drafts should be licking their chops.
Mon, Oct 27, 2014 04:10:00 PM

John Brown caught five passes for 119 yards with a touchdown in Sunday's Week 8 win over the Eagles.

Brown played the role of hero, beating Cary Williams and Nate Allen for a mind-blowing 75-yard touchdown with just 1:21 left in the game. The play gave the Cardinals a 24-20 lead they held onto. Brown, Bruce Arians' new T.Y. Hilton, clearly has gobs of vertical talent. But he's going to be a weekly fantasy headache as the No. 3 option behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, as evidenced by his 5.5 targets per game coming into this one.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 08:25:00 PM

Cardinals WR John Brown (ankle) practiced fully on Friday and is probable for Week 8 against the Eagles.

He won't miss any time with his ankle injury. A situational deep threat, Brown has a 17/197/3 line through six games.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 07:11:00 PM

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2Drew Stanton
3Logan Thomas
4Chandler Harnish
5Phillip Sims
RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3Kerwynn Williams
4Stepfan Taylor
5Marion Grice
GLB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
3RB1Andre Ellington
2David Johnson
FB1Robert Hughes
WR11Larry Fitzgerald
2John Brown
3J.J. Nelson
4Ryan Spadola
5Damond Powell
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Darren Fells
2Troy Niklas
3Gerald Christian
4Ted Bolser
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro