John Brown

John Brown

31-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Denver Broncos
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Brown missed seven games last season with knee and ankle injuries along with a bout of COVID, but when he was on the field he was more or less himself - 13.9 YPC, 8.8 YPT, one 40-yard catch. At 5-11, 178, Brown is small, but he's fast - 4.34 40 at the 2014 NFL Combine. Read Past Outlooks
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#250.64
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$Released by the Raiders in August of 2021.
Elevated to active roster
WRDenver Broncos
October 16, 2021
Brown was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Coach Vic Fangio essentially confirmed this designation was coming as early as Friday. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also hinted Brown has a specific package of plays installed for him which would seem to suggest the veteran pass catcher will be active ahead of Sunday's contest against his former team. The 31-year-old was arguably the most talented wide receiver still remaining without a roster, but with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) expected to return soon it's hard to see Brown carving out a ton of playing time over the coming weeks.
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93.4
 
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82.6
 
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Measurables Review
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Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
178 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.34 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.12 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.91 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
119 in
 
Hand Length
8.50 in
 
Arm Length
30.50 in
 
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An injury-prone Brown on the Bills didn't seem like a player on whom you could count, but through Week 11 last season he was one of two wide receivers (Michael Thomas being the other) who never failed to break 50 yards in a game. Moreover, Brown has now suited up for 31 games the last two seasons, and the one he missed was a meaningless Week 17 contest against the Jets after the Bills had locked up a playoff berth. Brown's per-play numbers were also strong - 14.7 YPC and 9.2 YPT on good volume (115 targets). He had 17 catches of 20-plus yards and three of more than 40. Brown's modest TD totals reflect his lack of red-zone use - only 10 targets from that area all year and a meager three inside the 10. At 5-11, 178, Brown is small, but he can fly - 4.34 40 speed at the 2014 NFL Combine - and he's paired with a quarterback who has the arm to find him downfield. Unfortunately, Josh Allen isn't especially accurate, and he often looks to run on broken plays rather than keeping things alive to strike for the big throw. Moreover, the Bills traded for Stefon Diggs this offseason, almost certainly reducing Brown's target share, and slot man Cole Beasley, who had a good first year in Buffalo, isn't going anywhere, either.
After two injury-plagued seasons threatened to derail Brown's career, he stayed healthy last year and earned a three-year, $27 million deal in Buffalo, with $10.1 million guaranteed making him the Bills' de facto No. 1 receiver. At 5-11, 178, Brown is small but blazingly fast - he ran a 4.34 40 at the 2014 combine. He averaged 17.0 YPC last year in Baltimore of all places, and he hauled in four catches of more than 40 yards on only 97 targets. Given his diminutive frame, Brown isn't likely to be a major red-zone presence, and he's also a long shot for much more than 100 targets. But Josh Allen has the arm to get him the ball downfield, and the Bills' receiving corps beyond Brown is thin - Zay Jones, Cole Beasley (for the slot) and Robert Foster. Brown appears to be over the fatigue he suffered in 2016 while battling both a cyst and sickle-cell trait, and at press time he's completely healthy.
The key for Brown has always been health, not talent. At 5-11, 179, Brown is slight, but he can fly - 4.34 40 at the 2014 combine and eight catches of 40-plus yards over his first 113 career receptions. He broke out for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns his second season with the Cardinals, but a sickle cell trait that caused fatigue derailed his 2016, and slow-to-heal toe and quad injuries cost him six games last season. This year, Brown finds himself in Baltimore, replacing Mike Wallace as the team's ostensible No. 2 receiver and deep threat opposite Michael Crabtree. It's not an ideal landing spot - Joe Flacco averaged a meager 5.7 YPA last year - but there's opportunity if Brown can stay healthy.
Brown suited up for 15 games last year, but he was a shell of his former self, dealing with a preseason concussion and fatigue and soreness from a spinal cyst that wasn't discovered and removed until the offseason. At press time, Brown had his usual energy back, and he's going through his usual offseason activities, something he says he couldn't have done in the state he played last year. At 5-11, 179, Brown is small, but he runs a blazing 4.34 40 and can take the top off of defenses -- six catches of 40- plus yards on 101 targets, with 15.4 YPC and 9.9 YPT in 2015. Brown isn't especially physical, but he's got good ball skills and excellent hands. Brown finds himself in a good situation with Michael Floyd gone and only veteran Larry Fitzgerald, who rarely sees targets down the field these days, above him on the depth chart. While Fitzgerald led the league in receptions last year, he'll be 34 in August, and his 6.8 YPT was among the worst in the league. The Cardinals desperately need a go-to wideout for intermediate and deep routes, and the 161-pound speedster J.J. Nelson probably isn't it. Arizona is similarly thin at tight end, and while star RB David Johnson will see plenty of short looks, that shouldn't affect Brown's role. Brown has always had the skills, and this year -- health permitting -- he finally has the opportunity.
Brown did a lot with his 101 targets last year, turning them into 1,003 yards, a 9.9 YPT clip, good for second among the league's 32 100-target receivers. At 5-11, 179 and running a blazing 4.34 40, Brown is the team's field-stretcher, forcing the safeties to play deep and opening the middle of the field. Even so, Brown saw a surprising amount of red-zone work – 17 targets in 15 games – despite having the far-larger Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd around. That said, Brown will probably have to wait another year before he sees a major workload increase. Even at 33, Fitzgerald seems to have something left in the tank, and after a miserable 2014, Floyd bounced back and looked like the player who broke out in 2013. The other variable is 36-year-old quarterback Carson Palmer, who played at a high level a year ago, but has taken a beating over his long career. Assuming Palmer stays healthy, Brown should continue to be one of the most productive per-target wideouts in the league, and there's some upside should Fitzgerald or Floyd go down.
The speedy (4.34 40) Brown was drafted to take the top off the defense while Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald operated underneath. But despite making a couple big plays in the middle of the year, including a 75-yard TD catch with 81 seconds left in Week 8 to beat the Eagles, Brown averaged a meager 6.8 YPT and only two of his 103 targets went for 40 or more yards. In fairness, the Cardinals were playing much of the year with a backup quarterback, and some of it with third-stringer Ryan Lindley, and Brown was a rookie third-round pick getting his first exposure to NFL defenses. But with Larry Fitzgerald returning for another year, and Michael Floyd offering nearly as much speed with much more size, it's hard to see Brown eclipsing last year's target total. Moreover, few of those targets are likely to come in the red zone — at 5-11, 179, Brown's dwarfed by Arizona's other top wideouts.
Brown, who was picked 91st overall in the 2014 NFL Draft, is a burner in the vein of teammate Ted Ginn, boasting 4.34 speed in a 5-10, 179 frame. The Cardinals' vaunted defensive backfield has been unable to contain Brown during the opening practices of training camp, but until his production is evident in preseason contests, he's at best a speculative late-round dart in drafts. Nonetheless, if he keeps up the pace, he could very well usurp Ginn in three-wide sets, which would ensure viability in numerous formats behind stalwarts Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
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Likely call-up for Week 6
WRFree Agent
October 15, 2021
Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that there'a a high likelihood Brown will be elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.
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Could join active roster soon
WRFree Agent
October 13, 2021
Brown could be elevated from the practice squad to the Broncos' 53-man roster ahead of Sunday's game against the Raiders, Zac Stevens of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Gets opportunity with Denver
WRFree Agent
October 12, 2021
Brown was signed to Denver's practice squad Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
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Let go by Raiders
WRFree Agent
August 31, 2021
Brown has been released by the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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On the bubble?
WRLas Vegas Raiders
August 30, 2021
Brown may be competing with undrafted rookie Dillon Stoner for a single roster spot, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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