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WR John Brown - Arizona Cardinals

5-10, 179Born: 4-3-1990College: Pittsburg StateDrafted: Round 3

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

News you need to know

General News (Fri Nov 17): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Nov 16): did not practice on Thursday.

General News (Wed Nov 15): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Week 11: at Houston Texans

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FBG says: Great matchup. Blaine Gabbert is expected to start for the Cardinals this week after Drew Stanton continues to struggle and suffered a sprained knee against the Seahawks last week. Gabbert has really struggled throughout his seven-year NFL career. Trying to evaluate Gabbert can be challenging as we have not seen him play with the Cardinals who are now his third team in the NFL, but Bruce Arians came out today and defended Gabbert stating that he has been on some really bad teams throughout his career which is largely true as last season he was throwing to Jeremy Kerley and Torrey Smith. This is a situation where Gabbert is going to be asked to do as much a the game script dictates as if the Cardinals get an early lead, expect them to go run heavy, but if it is a close game, Gabbert will have to throw and he has shown that he is not afraid to throw the ball downfield throughout his career. The Texans secondary just is not what it once was which we predicted early on in the season that they would be decimated by the loss of A.J. Bouye to free agency and then Kevin Johnson's early season injury in which he has not really recovered from as he is not playing anywhere close to the level that he played at last season. On the season, the Texans have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks as they have allowed 269 yards per game as well as 2.1 touchdowns per game to the position. This is a team that is really struggling as their best cornerback has been Johnathan Joseph who is on his last legs and has lost a significant amount of speed compared to his prime.

Recent Stats and Projections

7 at LAR 42 0 0 0 4 1 6 0 0 0.6
9 at SF 46 0 0 0 4 1 52 0 0 5.2
10 vs SEA 68 0 0 0 6 2 27 0 0 2.7
11 at HOU 0 0 0 0 6 3 18 0 0 1.8
11 at HOU PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
11 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *
11 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 10 vs SEA (6 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)

Brown was an utter non-factor in the game, but by default of playing on such an unproductive receiving corps, managed to earn the group's second-most targets. As has been the case all season, Brown failed to do anything with those opportunities. The failures were not all on Brown; Stanton was never really close on any of his deep balls which Brown was often the target for, but the once game-changing threat is nothing more than an afterthought at this point.

2017 Week 9 vs SF (4 / 1 / 52 / 0 rec)

Brown opened the game with an excellent 52-yard catch, with a quick double-move providing the necessary separation to get behind his defender. Unfortunately that was the last catch Brown would have Sunday, with his three other targets all failing to convert.

2017 Week 6 vs TB (4 / 3 / 63 / 1 rec)

Brown was not regularly targeted throughout Sunday's game, a byproduct of both an effective run game and Fitzgerald's incredible performance, but was able to make the most of his few opportunities. That has been rare for Brown, the ability to capitalize on minimal opportunities, and hopefully an encouraging sign moving forward as this offense seeks some semblance of balance and sustained success. Brown's fourth quarter catch-and-run may have been his longest play of the game, but his third quarter touchdown catch displayed something sorely missing from this team all season long; the wide receiving corps' ability to make plays against single coverage. In this instance, Palmer simply heaved the ball up to a streaking Brown who was forced to stop and adjust his route to make a play on the ball. Brown, and the team as a whole, have struggled greatly in this situations throughout most of the season, so it was a refreshing sign to see this one end in success.

2017 Week 4 vs SF (7 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)

Brown was back for the first time since Week 1, and his ability to stretch the field made a considerable difference for the offense. Brown's numbers were not staggering, but he drew multiple pass interference penalties and stretched the defense allowing Ellington to successfully work underneath. Brown came close to winning the game on a tipped ball in the end zone that he appeared to get both feet in bounds, but the officials ruled otherwise. Whether Brown can stay healthy and for how long remains uncertain, but importance to the offense is clear.

2017 Week 1 vs DET (9 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

The majority of Brown's success on Sunday came during the 2-minute drill before the first half. During that drive Brown was effective utilizing his speed to gain separation on dig and out routes. Unfortunately, that same speed never translated to any deep balls, whether due to Brown's lingering hamstring injury or simply the Lions defensive game plan. Without the deep ball, Brown is still an effective offensive weapon, but far less an overall threat. Protection issues undoubtedly forced quicker reads and throws, further contributing to Brown's struggles. Whether these are one-week or season-long offensive issues remains the million-dollar question.


Latest News

Cardinals | John Brown dealing with turf toe (Mon Nov 20, 02:14 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (toe) has been diagnosed with turf toe and is likely to 'miss time,' according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: If it's not one thing, it's another for John Brown. We all know he's talented and can take the top off the defense, but injuries have seemingly constantly knocked his production off track.
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Cardinals | John Brown limited to 18 yards (Sun Nov 19, 09:06 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown posted three receptions for 18 yards on six targets in Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

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Cardinals | John Brown active for Week 11 (Sun Nov 19, 12:03 PM) - Updating a previous report, Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (back) is active for Week 11's game against the Houston Texans.

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Cardinals | John Brown expected to play (Sun Nov 19, 08:55 AM) - Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (back) is expected to play in Week 11's game against the Houston Texans, according to a source.

Our View: Brown and JJ Nelson are both good candidates to catch a long touchdown against a vulnerable Texans secondary.
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Cardinals | John Brown questionable for Week 11 (Fri Nov 17, 04:53 PM) - Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown (back) was a limited participant in practice Friday, Nov. 17, and he is listed as questionable for Week 11 against the Houston Texans.

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