Jatavis Brown
Jatavis Brown
26-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Philadelphia Eagles
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Brown sustained an ankle injury at the end of the 2018 regular season and began last year on the PUP list. By the time he returned Week 3, he'd lost his job and would play more than 17 defensive snaps just once in all of 2019. Now on a one-year, prove-it deal with the Eagles, the 26-year-old will have to earn a starting role in camp. He has experience on his side, however, as his 22 career starts are more than any other linebacker currently on the roster. Most importantly, he'll have to show that he's past the injury and tackling issues that have plagued him so far in his career. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Eagles in March of 2020.
Finds new home
LBPhiladelphia Eagles
March 21, 2020
Brown signed a one-year contract with the Eagles on Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Brown joins a retooled Eagles defense and is expected to compete with Duke Riley, Nate Gerry and T.J. Edwards for a starting job. The 26-year-old put together a productive three-year stretch with the Chargers, compiling 255 tackles, 4.5 sacks and three forced fumbles across 43 games, but injuries and general ineffectiveness against the run ultimately forced him out of the starting lineup in 2019, as Brown would play just 94 defensive snaps after averaging 580 to begin his career. Brown is likely one of the fastest linebackers in the NFL, but with a listed height of 5-foot-11 and weighing just 221 pounds, he might be a bit undersized to be a reliable two-down linebacker, and he never developed enough coverage skills to be effective in the passing game.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
2017
The offseason re-signing of Denzel Perryman likely quelled any optimism regarding Brown turning into a breakout IDP candidate in 2019. Still, given the Perryman's injury history (16 games missed in the past two seasons) it's not hard to envision a scenario where at some point this season Brown becomes the focal point in an emerging linebacking corps. Brown recorded a career-high in tackles (97) in 2018, but that occurred only after season-ending injuries to Perryman and Kyzir White, the latter of which is expected to regain his role as coverage linebacker in obvious passing situations.
After a promising rookie campaign, Brown's second season was a major disappointment, as the middle linebacker eventually fell out of the team's rotation following a string of poor performances. The surprising drop-off in production prompted the Chargers to retain the services of Nick Dzubnar and Hayes Pullard in the offseason, both of whom briefly started at ILB in 2017, as well as select Ucheena Nwosu in the second-round of the 2018 NFL Draft. As a result, Brown will have to ascend a loaded depth chart if he has any hopes of starting alongside incumbent ILB Denzel Perryman.
The NFL took Brown for an afterthought as a 220-pound linebacker out of Akron, but the Chargers clearly got a steal by snagging him in the fifth round of last year's draft. Brown went three rounds later for the sin of playing at a small school. It took injuries to Denzel Perryman and Manti Te'o for Brown to get the opportunity, but he made quite an impression as a rookie. With 79 tackles and 3.5 sacks while playing just 599 snaps, Brown made it clear he possesses unique upside as a tackle and blitzing threat now that Te'o isn't in town.
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Likely set to find new home
LBLos Angeles Chargers
February 1, 2020
Brown posted just 10 tackles (eight solo) in 13 games during the 2019 season.
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Won't play Week 8
LBLos Angeles Chargers
Coach's Decision
October 27, 2019
Brown (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bears, Daniel Popper of The Athletic reports.
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No limitations Wednesday
LBLos Angeles Chargers
September 18, 2019
Brown (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Sitting out Sunday
LBLos Angeles Chargers
Ankle
September 15, 2019
Brown (ankle) was officially listed as inactive for Sunday's showdown in Detroit.
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Questionable for Week 2
LBLos Angeles Chargers
Ankle
September 13, 2019
Brown (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game versus the Lions.
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