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WR John Brown - Arizona Cardinals

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

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2016 Week 16 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)

Brown was only targeted twice on Saturday, catching one pass. Brown's lack of involvement appeared more a function of the offense's game plan, minimizing downfield targets and taking advantage of J.J. Nelson's speed, than his health issues, a hopefully encouraging sign moving forward.

2016 Week 15 vs NO (6 / 5 / 81 / 1 rec)

It is difficult to play armchair doctor with regards to Brown's health this year, but Sunday was as healthy and fast as he has looked all season long. Whether that means he has truly learned to manage his sickle-cell issue or just had a good day against a struggling secondary remains to be seen, but Sunday was much more the John Brown we have become accustomed to the last two years. Brown got behind the Saints secondary several times on Sunday, even scoring on a 30-yard bomb late in the 4th quarter, while also catching five of the six balls thrown his way. The offense has sorely missed Brown's speed this season, and the hope has to be that between now and the start of next season, Brown can put his health and injury issues behind him and play much closer to what he showed his first two years in the league. That alone will provide a significant improvement to the 2017 offensive outlook.

2016 Week 12 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 19 / 0 rec)

Brown left the game late in the second quarter due to a hamstring injury and did not return for the second half. Whether related to his sickle-cell issues or not, Brown has simply not been healthy enough this season to make any mark on the field.

2016 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After declaring himself fully recovered from a sickle-cell issues, Brown again struggled to leave any positive mark on the game, and instead playing poorly for stretches and downright disappearing during others. Brown's biggest blunder of the afternoon came late in the second quarter, when an incorrectly run route (not to mention an uncalled defensive holding penalty) led to Palmer's first interception, which was then returned 100-yards for a Minnesota touchdown. Considering the final margin of defeat, the point swing that play alone resulted in can easily be singled out for its significance in the overall outcome. It has been a bit of a plagued season for Brown, with the concussion and sickle-cell issues hampering his health for much of the year. As pessimistic as it sounds, at this point it seems the best case scenario for the remainder of Brown's season is to stack small successes and build momentum for next year.

2016 Week 10 vs SF (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

It has been a tough year for Brown, dealing with concussion-symptoms that slowed him down early in the season and a sickle-cell issue that has hampered him of late. Brown claims to be back to 100%, but is still struggling to integrate back into the offense. J.J Nelson was the recipient of all of Palmer's deep targets Sunday, and was the least-targeted receiver on Sunday (including RB David Johnson and TE Jermaine Gresham). Between Brown's health and role in the offense, it is increasingly difficult to expect a true second-half breakout for Brown, but this offense will undoubtedly lean on him at some point this season. It is simply a mystery if Brown will be ready.

2016 Week 8 vs CAR (4 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)

After missing last week's game with Sickle-Cell trait issues, Brown was back this week against Carolina and played rather effectively in limited snaps. Brown played just over 50% of the team's offensive snaps, but managed to haul in all four of his targets, pick up chunks and score a touchdown in the process. The hope is the bye week will allow the team's doctors and Brown to find an appropriate treatment course allowing Brown to play a full-game worth of snaps, as this team desperately needs all its weapon's playing at 100% if righting this offense that still remains so far off course.

2016 Week 6 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)

It has been an up and down season for Brown, but Monday night was a very positive sign. Unable to get deep all evening, the Cardinals made an adjustment going into the second half and began running play-action passes Brown's way. Knowing the Jets were concerned with the deep-ball, Brown did a tremendous job running his defender deep, then breaking back for an intermediate gain. An impressive display of an offense understanding what the defense is giving them, and a receiver utilizing his abilities to exploit it.

2016 Week 5 vs SF (4 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

While there is no way around the conclusion that John Brown was entirely uninvolved with the offense on Thursday, possibly calling into question his progress from the week before, the context surrounding Thursday Night's game may illustrate another picture. Brown has always been a favorite of Palmer, and the connection between the two has been well documented. He has always been better involved in the offense when it is consistently targeting chunk-plays, something Palmer does more often and better than Stanton does. He also was used as the second wide receiver in two-receiver sets far more often than Michael Floyd, increasing his snap-count, a trend that has continued as the season has progressed. He is a difficult fantasy evaluation at this stage of the season, but for those who felt increased optimism after Brown's week four outputs, those feeling should remain whenever Palmer does return.

2016 Week 4 vs LA (16 / 10 / 144 / 0 rec)

The single bright spot out of a home loss which significantly hampers your postseason odds, was the return of John Brown. Brown looked like his old self, healthy, well conditioned, and integrated in the offense's game plan. Brown was single covered the majority of the afternoon and he took advantage of it to the tune of ten receptions on a team high 16 targets. Brown was not able to make any big plays deep, but utilized his speed excellently in and out of breaks to dominate the short and intermediate areas. With the coaching staff's trust in Floyd at an all time low, Brown's targets and opportunities should only continue to increase over the next few weeks. The only question for fantasy owners will be who is throwing him the ball.

2016 Week 3 vs BUF (11 / 6 / 70 / 0 rec)

Unimpressive as it was, Sunday was John Brown's best game of the season. After missing the majority of training camp and the preseason, it isn't entirely surprising to see that Brown needed a few games to round back into form. Those are certainly positive signs going forward, and coming off this performance the Cardinals need as many of those as they can find, and yet Brown still did not play particularly well. Miscommunication with Palmer led to one of the many late game interceptions, an offensive pass-interference call negated a first down and Brown failed to contribute as a downfield threat in any meaningful way. Things do appear to be trending upward for John Brown, and Sunday he may have been a victim of the Cardinals disjointed offense as much as he contributed to it, so hopefully it will be sooner than later that we'll see the exciting, dynamic receiver of the last few years.

2016 Week 2 vs TB (3 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)

If Floyd was a nonfactor on Sunday, it is fair to even wonder if John Brown suited up. For the second week in a row, "Smoke" has failed to contribute to the offense in even a slightly meaningful way. The same schematic factors that are limiting Floyd's deep-ball ability are undoubtedly affecting Brown as well, but it is fair to wonder if the concussion he suffered early in training camp that kept him out through the vast majority of the preseason is a factor as well. Brown's speed makes him a potential game-changer every week, but he has been so uninvolved in the offense at this early point in the season, it would be hard not to look for better fantasy options for the time being.

2016 Week 1 vs NE (4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

Brown was such a nonfactor in Sunday night's game that you could forgive casual observers for wondering if he even suited up. After missing almost all of training camp and the preseason with the aftereffects of a concussion early in camp, it is fair to wonder if Brown is 100% healthy. Likely, however, this was just another example in a long list of instances where Belichick identified a team's strength and game planned to take it away. If the problems persist for Brown, speculation about his health will pick up steam, but for the time being, this seems like something you have to give the defense credit for and hope Arians and company can find better ways to get Brown involved.


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