Brown secured nine of 13 targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 28-22 win over the Eagles on Thursday night. Brown led the Buccaneers' receivers across the board on the stat sheet for the night while crossing the goal line on a 23-yard grab in the first quarter, and his reception tally was also his highest of the campaign. The mercurial veteran, despite officially operating as the No. 3 receiver, is starting to churn out production that is reminiscent of his Steelers heyday. Brown has a 23-280-3 line on a robust 33 targets over his last three games alone as well as a pair of 100-yard efforts on the campaign. The 33-year-old will look to keep up the pace against the Bears in a Week 7 matchup a week from Sunday.
Brown caught seven of eight targets for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 45-17 win over Miami. Brown -- who hadn't found the end zone since Week 1 -- scored twice in the second quarter, racking up touchdowns of 62 and four yards. Tom Brady threw five touchdowns and has 15 through five games, so Brown, Mike Evans -- who also scored twice in this one -- and Chris Godwin remain capable of finding success concurrently, though Brown probably has the lowest floor of the three. After totaling six catches through two weeks, Brown has caught seven passes in each of his last two games heading into Thursday's Week 6 road tilt in Philadelphia.
Brown (illness) caught seven passes (11 targets) for 63 yards in Sunday's 19-17 win over the Patriots. Brown missed last week's contest against the Rams after being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he was cleared in time for the primetime matchup against one his former teams. The veteran wideout finished with a stat line smack dab in between his huge Week 1 (five receptions for 121 yards and a TD) and disappointing Week 2 (one reception for 17 yards). The 32-year-old's 11 targets trailed only Mike Evans in this contest, which shows the trust Tom Brady has in his slot receiver. Brown should receive fantasy consideration for next week's contest against the Dolphins, especially with Rob Gronkowski (ribs) expected to miss the contest.
The Buccaneers activated Brown (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Scott Smith of the team's official site reports. Brown landed on the list Sept. 22 following his positive COVID-19 test, but he was able to rejoin the team when first eligible to return. According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, Brown is on track to practice Thursday and should be fine for Sunday's game against the Patriots, reclaiming his usual role in three-receiver sets alongside Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Before sitting out the Week 3 loss to the Rams, Brown produced six receptions for 138 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets through the Bucs' first two games.
Brown (illness) is expected to rejoin the Buccaneers on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. "He'll be back [Thursday] no matter what," head coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday. "His 10 days [for quarantine] are up, so he'll be back." The Buccaneers placed Brown on the reserve/COVID-19 list Sept. 22 due to a positive test, meaning Thursday actually will be the ninth day that he's spent away from the team. If Arians believes Brown will return when he's cleared league protocols, the wide receiver may not be back on the field until Friday rather than Thursday. No matter when Brown is in the fold, though, he may not be a lock to immediately take back a spot among Tampa Bay's top three wide receivers along with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. If the Buccaneers decide Brown needs more time to ramp up and hold him out this weekend, Tyler Johnson would be the likely beneficiary with Scotty Miller (toe) now on injured reserve.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/31||@New Orleans Saints||19||23.80|
|10||11/14||@Washington Football Team||30||28.40|
|11||11/22||New York Giants||12||22.00|
|15||12/19||New Orleans Saints||19||23.80|
|17||01/02||@New York Jets||2||14.40|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||79||51||612||7||31||12.00||103|