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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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Appearing on PFT Live, Cardinals S Tyrann Mathieu named John Brown as a player who stood out to him during OTAs.
The hype train is full-steam ahead on Brown, who also impressed Carson Palmer during OTAs and minicamp after adding ten pounds of muscle over the offseason. A second-year wideout coach Bruce Arians has likened to Marvin Harrison, Brown has some breakout appeal and remains affordable at his ninth-round ADP. Jul 20 - 1:58 PM

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Cardinals WR John Brown has been living and working out with Carson Palmer this summer. emphasizes that the pair is close. "We’re trying to get our timing down, trying to learn protections, be on the same page with one another, so we’ll be able to play faster," Brown said. The duo's chemistry was evident from the word "go" last season, as well as coach Bruce Arians' admiration for the wafer-thin wideout. All signs point toward Brown taking a sophomore leap. It's possible he'll be an every-week WR3, with the ceiling for more.
Jul 16 - 1:18 PM

The Cardinals' official site says John Brown is "being primed to be a star."

Michael Floyd was the Cardinals' wideout that received all the offseason hype last year. This time, it's Brown. We'd expect better results from the speedy Brown though, especially because he can be had in the 10th or 11th round of fantasy drafts while Floyd was a fourth-rounder. Bruce Arians has a history of developing small and fast wideouts in Antonio Brown and T.Y. Hilton.
Jun 15 - 8:01 AM

Carson Palmer said he expects "huge things" from second-year WR John Brown in 2015.

Brown has been one of the more buzz-worthy players around the league this offseason. Beat writers, teammates, and coaches are all expecting a spike in production for the bulked-up sophomore. Brown will travel to San Diego after this week's minicamp to work out with Palmer. Brown has a shot to lead the Cardinals in receiving this season in a sort-of "passing of the torch" from Larry Fitzgerald.
Jun 9 - 3:05 PM

John Brown added ten pounds of upper-body muscle this offseason in an effort to improve against press coverage.

Brown played at 173 as a rookie. Coaches have noticed that Brown "isn't getting knocked around like last year" in OTA practices, and he also cut fast food out of his diet. Coach Bruce Arians acknowledged Brown hit a "rookie wall" around December 1 last year, following a hot start. The 2014 third-round pick is a sneaky sophomore breakout candidate in Arizona's vertical attack.
Jun 3 - 9:43 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Carson Palmer
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
WR21Michael Floyd
2Jaron Brown
3Brittan Golden
4Jaxon Shipley
5Trevor Harman
WR31John Brown
TE1Jermaine Gresham
2Darren Fells
3Troy Niklas
4Gerald Christian
5Ifeanyi Momah
K1Chandler Catanzaro