Jaron Brown could be a talented receiver, but playing for the Cardinals will make it tough to see it develop. Arizona is loaded at receiver with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown and J.J. Nelson, and Jaron Brown will be No. 5 at best on the depth chart. Through three seasons, Brown has 44 catches for 513 yards and four touchdowns, and we don't see his production increasing much in 2016. He's not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
Brown signed his restricted free-agent tender from the Cardinals on Monday, the Cardinals' official site reports. As a member of one of the deepest wideout corps in the NFL, Brown can be expected to serve as a key cog of the coverage units yet again in 2016. Over the course of his three-year career, he's notched 44 catches (on 73 targets) for 513 yards and four touchdowns, so he'll likely make a splash on offense at some point during the campaign.
The Cardinals tendered a contract to Brown on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports. An undrafted free agent in 2013, Brown has yet to be inactive in three seasons in the Arizona desert, but considerable depth at wideout has capped his opportunities. Overall, he's tallied 513 yards and four touchdowns, while posting a favorable catch rate of 69.8 percent (44 receptions on 63 targets). With Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown, and even 2015 fifth rounder J.J. Nelson firmly embedded above him on the depth chart, Brown will likely be relegated to special teams duty as long as he sticks with the Cardinals.
Brown hauled in 11 of 23 targets for 144 yards and one touchdown during the 2015 season. The Cardinals' WR corps boasts incredible depth, which left few looks available to players not named Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, and John Brown. Jaron Brown actually received nearly 25 percent of the offensive snaps, ranking behind that trio and ahead of rookie J.J. Nelson. While Brown and Nelson both recorded 11 catches, Nelson blew every receiving option out of the water with 27.2 YPC, more than double Brown's mark of 13.1. As a restricted free agent, Brown has a good shot to remain with the Cardinals due to his special-teams chops and not as a viable receiver with the aforementioned talent already in place.
Brown made three receptions (on five targets) for 38 yards during Sunday's win in Seattle. Brown was ready when called upon, as he entered following Michael Floyd's hamstring injury in the fourth quarter. With the Cardinals in need of a response after Seattle's defense set up two easy touchdowns, Brown recorded receptions of 10 and 20 yards on the team's first touchdown drive, during which he also broke up a likely interception by Richard Sherman. During Arizona's next possession, Brown made a crucial third-down grab in a drive that ended with Andre Ellington's game-sealing 48-yard touchdown run. If Floyd's injury lingers this week, Brown appears to be the next man up in the offense, which has equated to 14.2 YPC in brief appearances in 2015.
After fracturing his shoulder blade during the playoff loss to Carolina, Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown will not require surgery to fix the injury, reports The Arizona Republic. Brown is hoping to be ready for offseason workouts.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New England Patriots||22||23.78|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|4||10/02||Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|3 Year Avg||24||15||171||1||9||11.40||23|