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WR John Brown - Arizona Cardinals

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

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16 vs NYG 41 0 0 0 4 2 28 1 0 8.8
17 at SEA 42 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 16 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 28 / 1 rec)

It feels like it has been forever since John Brown both played in a game and positively influenced it. Maybe that is why Larry Fitzgerald erupted in such jubilation when Brown scored a touchdown early in the 3rd quarter, his first since October. Brown's impact beyond the touchdown was minimal; he finished with the second most receiving yards and tied for second in receptions and targets, but those figures were paltry compared to Fitzgerald's. In truth, the memory of Brown's explosive ability is still firmly etched in the minds of many Cardinals fans, and even the smallest glimpses of what he used to be have us as excited as Fitzgerald, despite knowing it is not sign of what is to come.

2017 Week 11 vs HOU (6 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)

Brown's performance on Sunday hardly warrants mention, but as the second most targeted receiver, his involvement came by default. Brown was an utter non-factor, amassing 18 total yards, showing none of his trademark speed that has eluded him for so long, or the hands necessary to be a team's number two receiver.

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.

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