WR Corey Brown - Free Agent
|5-11, 178||Born: 12-16-1991||College: Ohio State||Drafted: ---|
2016 Week 1 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown became something of an afterthought in the Panthers passing attack as Cam Newton consistently had eyes for his other targets. Brown was often on the field, but his role was limited to that of a space player, utilized as a decoy on misdirection plays. He lined up in the backfield as a H-back in one particular alignment. As a pass catcher, he was unfortunate to have a screen pass catch and run taken away by penalty, while Newton threw a sideline pass his direction but left it too low to haul in. Brown's lone catch came on a quick flip outside the numbers, although there was a strong suspicion of offensive pass interference by Greg Olsen that may have aided his cause.
2016 Week 2 vs SF (6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown continues to operate as a roving threat in the offense whose role is limited mostly to bubble screens and short routes out of multiple receiver sets. Brown caught a nice slant pass from Cam Newton over the middle, absorbing a hit but managing to brace himself against the impending contact to hold on. Newton hit Brown for a couple of bubble screens outside, but the 49ers bottled those plays up very well. Brown was targeted on a shallow cross in the red zone as Carolina attempted to use motion to confuse the 49ers, but a good defensive play put paid to the touchdown opportunity.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown showed off some beautiful hands and route running on his first catch of the day, as the Panthers offense hummed early on. Giving the defensive back a quick stab move outside, Brown quickly turned his body inside and ran underneath a perfectly lofted pass on a deep corner route. Brown found little success apart from that play, as the Vikings quickly shut down the quick-hitting plays where the speedy receiver normally thrives.
2016 Week 4 vs ATL (7 / 5 / 48 / 1 rec)
The jack of all trades featured as a decoy option threat in the backfield, but did most of his damage as a pass catcher. Brown had a tough matchup against Falcons slot cornerback Brian Poole, but managed to hold his own. Throughout the game Brown recognised space quickly and presented a good target for his quarterbacks. His touchdown reception was an example of this. Spotting Derek Anderson in trouble due to pressure off his left side, Brown adjusted his route back to the inside. He and Anderson were on the same page, as the quarterback stuck a dart of a pass in to Brown, who made a defender miss before taking the few short steps to the end zone for a consolation touchdown.
2016 Week 5 vs TB (4 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown performed well in a limited role, but he will be disappointed watching the tape when he reviews his post pattern in the first half. Brown did not bend the route back inside quickly enough, running at the defensive back instead of cutting to where the space was. Anderson's pass was lofted to the open area, but Brown's feet got tangled with the defensive player and he hit the ground as the ball did. Brown made a couple of short catches, showing good timing and precision in his route running.
2016 Week 6 vs NO (4 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Such was the size of the Carolina passing attack pie against the Saints, even the oft-ignored Corey Brown got in on the action. Brown was targeted down the seam early but Cam Newton left the pass too high, and a Saints defender nailed the receiver at the end of the play. Brown bailed out his quarterback on a sliding grab on a seam route in the second half. He was rotated in and out of the line-up, with Ted Ginn Jr. and Kelvin Benjamin playing the X and Z receiver spots for the majority of the snaps.
2016 Week 8 vs ARI (5 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
As has become customary, Corey Brown was primarily utilized as a 'satellite' player. Cam Newton tried to squeeze the ball into him on an inside pivot route, but the defensive back sunk underneath it and broke it nicely. Brown was unable to find room to roam on a quick bubble screen into the flat and was generally far down the pecking order in the passing game priorities list.
2016 Week 15 vs WAS (4 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
A bystander during the offensive struggles of the past weeks, Corey Brown made his presence felt with some nice catches in traffic. Cam Newton fired a handful of passes into his spitfire receiver in the middle of the field ˝ and Brown responded, fierily celebrating each reception. When the Panthers went to four receivers, he was often able to take advantage of his matchup in the slot.
2016 Week 16 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown played a larger role than he typically would, what with the Panthers in comeback mode from the first few minutes of this game. He will feel aggrieved about a defensive pass interference penalty that was not called after he beat the Falcons secondary deep. At the moment of truth, Brown's feet appeared to get tangled up with those of an Atlanta defensive back, but there might have been contact too. He was unlucky not to get a touchdown after a deep shot from Cam Newton ended up being broken up by Devin Funchess in the end zone; Brown was in his vicinity and ready to haul in the heaved pass.
2016 Week 17 vs TB (3 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
The absence of Devin Funchess meant Corey Brown assumed a more prominent role in multiple receiver packages. Cam Newton chucked a deep ball in Brown's direction down the field in the second quarter. Initially it seemed Brown had corralled the ball in his hands, but it was wrestled away in mid-air. He showed decent quickness and burst on a pair of short receptions later, but it will be the missed opportunity on the deep ball that sticks with him.
2015 Week 2 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 57 / 1 rec)
After struggling in the preseason with drops, Corey Brown will be pleased with his display against Houston. Catching everything thrown his direction, Brown stood out on his long touchdown reception with the subtlety of his route-running and athleticism at the catch point. Brown burst off the line and feinted outside with a beautiful nod, before breaking back on a post pattern. Newton lofted a very catchable pass high for Brown to attack, and he did so with aplomb, leaping over Jonathan Joseph for the touchdown.
2015 Week 3 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
The forgotten man in the passing attack, Corey Brown's only touch of the game came on a reverse which gained 10 yards on the first offensive play. He played his fair share of snaps, but it is clear the coaching staff prefers Ted Ginn Jr. as a deep threat and perhaps even trusts rookie Devin Funchess to make more contested catches than Brown. Offensive coordinator Mike Shula will have a package of plays for Brown, but the opportunities simply were not there in this game, with Newton focusing his attentions on Greg Olsen and other targets.
2015 Week 4 vs TB (3 / 1 / 3 / 0 rec)
The second-year pro is being afforded fewer and fewer opportunities each week in a crowded receiving corps, his inability to beat press coverage and his lack of nuance as a route runner really hurting him. Brown is utilized in certain packages ˝ notably as a jet sweep threat when put in motion across the formation ˝ but does not have the all-around game to demand a bigger role. Newton targeted Brown on a crossing pattern, but the defensive back made a nice play to bat it down.
2015 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 2 / 15 / 0 rush)
Corey Brown got his feet under him early with a nice 10-yard scamper on a reverse action, and followed that up with a jet sweep when he wisely ducked out of bounds before coming into contact with a closing Kam Chancellor. Brown did a nice job running his routes and presenting a target for Newton, but he is clearly third or fourth in most progressions.
2015 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Without creating outside of the design of the play, Corey Brown is nonetheless quietly efficient as a receiver and did his job to good effect against Philadelphia. Brown came out of the blocks fast with a post route that he snagged in mid-air to take the offense down to the Philadelphia 1-yard line. However, Brown showed poor awareness of his surroundings on a subsequent target, accidentally stepping out of bounds and costing the team a 5-yard penalty for illegal touching. Brown later hauled in a bullet pass from Newton off a play fake on a quick slant, showing excellent hands and concentration. Brown's role in the offense
2015 Week 8 vs IND (5 / 3 / 42 / 1 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Showing good progress after a preseason marred by inconsistent play and ugly drops, Corey Brown continued to answer the bell when called upon by his quarterback. Brown made a beautiful diving catch after a well-run corner route in the red zone for a touchdown that put the Panthers up 23-6 in the fourth quarter. Brown got his shoulder pads lower than the defender's and found an open zone for Cam Newton to throw him the ball. Brown made a couple of excellent plays in traffic on inside-breaking patterns, shielding the defender from the football and displaying his deceptive quickness out of his breaks. An earlier end zone target in his direction was out of his reach after a high Newton pass.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (4 / 2 / 50 / 1 rec, 1 / -12 / 0 rush)
Despite being targeted on only a handful of plays, Corey Brown continued to prove why he is such a consistent part of the rotation among Panthers pass catchers. He and Cam Newton seemed to have their wires crossed on an early red zone opportunity; Newton audibled to a pass play and brought Brown towards the core of the formation. Brown appeared to run the wrong route, forcing Newton to throw the ball away. Brown would make up for it later, however, with a beautiful catch on a deep route for a 39-yard touchdown. The defensive back in coverage on the play was flagged for holding, but Brown could also have been flagged, as he seemed to cross the line in terms of physicality at the top of his stem.
2015 Week 10 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
The odd man out in the Panthers passing attack against Tennessee, Corey Brown was targeted only once and managed to make the reception on a quick hitch pattern to the outside. Even with the receivers constantly rotating, Brown saw plenty of snaps; it was simply that Cam Newton usually had his first or second read open and never got to Brown in his progressions.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (4 / 3 / 51 / 1 rec)
Corey Brown completely fooled a defender for his lone touchdown on a Űsluggo' route, faking inside before running under a perfect Cam Newton pass in the end zone for the score. Brown could have scored a second touchdown, but he was tackled just short of the goal line on a shallow crossing route. A valuable chess piece in this passing attack, Brown did not put a foot wrong all game.
2015 Week 17 vs TB (6 / 3 / 58 / 0 rec)
Corey Brown endured a rather inauspicious start to the day, dropping what should have been a touchdown on a bucket throw from Newton to the end zone. Brown had gained a yard of separation on the fly route, and the pass appeared to be catchable. The receiver got his hands on it initially, but couldn't secure it. Brown had another drop later in the game, this time on third down. The pass from Cam Newton was low and away from the defender in coverage, forcing Brown to extend for it and dive to the turf, which led to a drop. The young receiver redeemed himself somewhat with a pair of nice catch and run plays, showing swift moves in the open field.
2014 Week 3 vs PIT (9 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec)
Filling in for the injured Jerricho Cotchery, Philly Brown had a mixed night. He started off confidently, running crisp patterns and presenting a good target for Newton to throw to. His quarterback obliged, hitting Brown on quick-hitting patterns like slants and hitches as the Panthers offense got into a rhythm. Brown, to his credit, went low for some tougher receptions and looked the part. His big mistake came on special teams as he muffed a punt and, in trying to pick up the football, got it knocked out of his hands. The play resulted in a Steelers touchdown and all but put the game to bed. Brown's increased snap count was purely down to injury, but the quickness he showed in and out of breaks and his overall game - turnover notwithstanding - should give the Panthers offense another weapon to rotate into the offense.
2014 Week 11 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 47 / 1 rec)
Philly Brown's lone reception of the game was his first career touchdown. Streaking down the right sideline, Brown was the beneficiary of an excellent read by Newton, who saw the defensive back turned around to face Brown. The speedy former Ohio State receiver needed only to let the ball land in his midsection.
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (4 / 2 / 34 / 1 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
The release of veteran Jason Avant has elevated Philly Brown to a bigger role in the Panthers offense, and the rookie from Ohio State duly delivered against Minnesota. Brown, lined up wide on the right, blazed past the cornerback in coverage and turned around just in time to have the football land in his arms after a floated pass from Cam Newton. The safety was out of position on the play and allowed Brown to get behind him, leaving the cornerback playing the wrong technique and in no man's land.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Seeing more snaps after the release of Jason Avant, Philly Brown is still rough around the edges as a receiver and needs more work. However, there was an emphasis on trying to get the football to him downfield. On two occasions, Newton fired downfield for a streaking Brown; both times the football fell incomplete, but the pair were not far away from connecting. Closer to the line of scrimmage, Brown was also fed on a wide receiver tunnel screen and he showed excellent awareness to come back to the football when Newton, locked on to him, had pressure bearing down on him. Brown-s snap count should increase in the final few weeks as the Panthers evaluate their rookie receiver, but this game was highly encouraging for his prospects as a legitimate deep threat option in the Carolina passing game.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (6 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Philly Brown hasn't carved out a big enough role in the offense to be considered a consistent target, but his versatility and speed clearly has the Panthers brass excited about his potential. Brown showed his wheels off on the first play from scrimmage, a 16-yard end around that was well blocked and allowed Brown to scoot to the outside. Brown converted a key third down late in the game, getting inside position on the slant route and laying out for a low pass from his quarterback. Although not a subtle route-runner, Brown's quick release off the line allowed him to get behind the defense on two red zone targets; in both cases, however, the pass was off target.
2014 Week 16 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
The rookie has a long way to go before he irons out the flaws in his game, but the progress he has made since being given an increased snap count has been highly encouraging. Brown worked well on the perimeter and continued to get inside the cornerback in coverage, working slants and inside-breaking routes. Brown was targeted deep once but his small frame allowed the cornerback to push him out of bounds and out of the play. He was almost guilty of fumbling the ball, but after review the call was overturned as it was judged his forearm was down before the ball came loose.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 28 / 0 rec, 2 / 41 / 0 rush)
Utilized as a kind of Swiss army knife in the Panthers arsenal in recent weeks, Philly Brown reprised that role against Atlanta. Clever play-calling by Mike Shula that went against previous tendencies ˝ combined with a poorly disciplined Falcons defense ˝ allowed Brown to scoot for 28 yards on an end around. The Panthers lined up with an unbalanced line with the strength to the right side, where Brown was aligned in a stacked formation of receivers. Atlanta countered by putting their beef to the strong side. Brown ghosted behind the offensive line, who pulled in front of him, and used his speed to get down the left sideline. Brown stayed alive for his quarterback on a deep in cut, running towards the sideline and finding an open area for Newton to throw into. Brown once again got the better of the Atlanta defense on an end around for 12 yards late in the contest, but his vertical speed did not come into play in a game Carolina kept control of.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
Philly Brown started the game off brightly, bailing out his quarterback by continuing to run his route and find some space after Cam Newton was initially forced to hold onto the ball. First breaking inside, then quickly back out, Brown found a few yards to work with on the sideline; Newton duly obliged with the football. Brown drew a pass interference call, getting a good release against veteran cornerback Antonio Cromartie on an inside slant before beating him and being tugged back. Building off that momentum, Brown reeled in a beautifully placed pass on a skinny post, absorbing a hit at the tail end but hanging on nonetheless. A red zone target resulted in an injury for Brown as he seemed to fall awkwardly to the turf, pinning his arm under his body in the process. He played no further part but is called day-to-day.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (5 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)
Despite playing just a week after separating his shoulder, Philly Brown brought his usual blend of quickness, savvy route-running and speed to the table. The offensive game plan didn't call for him to go downfield often, but when he did Cam Newton was punished. Brown streaked down the right sideline but Richard Sherman played it perfectly, staying in sync with Brown and warding him off as he towered above the smaller receiver for the pick. Brown produced a fine display of route-running on a quick break to the outside when he saw Newton in trouble. As they have done the past few weeks, Brown caught a tricky pass and kept a drive alive.