Brown worked with the first-team offense during the opening week of OTAs, Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reports. Seattle has undergone notable change at the receiver position this offseason, starting with the dismissal of longtime fan-favorite Doug Baldwin (knee/shoulder/ankle) and the drafting of a high-profile prospect in D.K. Metcalf. The turnover has left Tyler Lockett as the clear No. 1 option at wideout ahead of the 2019 season, but it's also created uncertainty at the No. 2 and 3 spots. While Metcalf is probably the favorite to win one of them given his superior pedigree, it appears Seattle is nonetheless giving veterans like Brown and presumably David Moore the opportunity to distinguish themselves early on. Also in contention for serious playing time in 2019 is Gary Jennings, a fourth-round rookie out of West Virginia, and John Ursua, a seventh-rounder out of Hawaii, though the latter offers little outside of the slot.
Brown played 35 offensive snaps and wasn't targeted in Saturday's wild-card loss to the Cowboys. David Moore took over as Seattle's No. 3 wideout for most of the regular season, but he faltered over the final few weeks and Brown reclaimed the role for playoffs. Brown wasn't targeted for the seventh time this season, and he finished the campaign with 14 receptions for 166 yards and five touchdowns. He was a frustrating fantasy vulture for owners of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett, since three of the games Brown scored in were preceded by a game where he didn't make a catch. Brown has one year left on his contract, and he'll be 29 by the beginning of next season.
Brown turned his lone target into a nine-yard reception in Sunday's 38-31 win over the Chiefs. After enjoying a career year in Arizona in 2017 with 31 receptions, Brown hasn't been able to take a step forward in his first season in Seattle. The wideout has just one multi-catch game on his ledger since Week 3 and has reached the end zone only twice in his last seven outings.
Brown couldn't haul in his only target in Monday's win over the Vikings. Brown was coming off a two-touchdown performance against the 49ers in Week 13 and looked poised to see an uptick in usage with Doug Baldwin (hip) out. However, quarterback Russell Wilson was held to just 72 passing yards by a strong defense, and Brown was underthrown on his lone target. If Baldwin stays out, Brown could be a sleeper option during the fantasy playoffs with a Week 15 matchup against the 49ers on tap.
General manager John Schneider said he expects Brown to see more snaps Monday against the Vikings with Doug Baldwin (hip) inactive, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Brown filled in for an absent Baldwin in Weeks 2 and 3 against tough defenses in the Bears and Cowboys, gathering in all five of his targets for 61 yards and one touchdown while playing a combined 97 snaps on offense. In nine contests in the interim, Brown has averaged 15 such snaps per game en route to a combined five catches (on seven targets) for 82 yards and four TDs. Even if his number of looks isn't substantial, his ridiculous TD rate (45.5 percent) as a Seahawk makes him a decent bet to make a mark with an increased workload Monday and as long as Baldwin is sidelined.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/22||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|5||10/04||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|9||11/03||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|14||12/09||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|17||12/29||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||37||19||277||3||13||14.58||45|