John Brown signed with Baltimore as a free agent this offseason, and he will be part of a revamped receiving corps with the Ravens, along with new additions in Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead. Brown will be the deep threat of the group, and hopefully he can develop a solid rapport with new quarterback Joe Flacco. Brown also has to prove he can stay healthy after having another injury-plagued year in 2017 because of his sickle-cell trait, which limited him to 10 games. He showed his upside in 2015 when he had 65 catches for 1,003 yards and seven touchdowns, and there's hope he can get back to that level in Baltimore. Brown is only worth drafting with a late-round pick in deeper leagues, but if he's healthy and can work well with Flacco, he could emerge as a waiver-wire addition during the year.
Brown (knee) returned to the field for Thursday's minicamp practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Brown exited Wednesday's session after tweaking his knee, but he's apparently good to go after receiving treatment. The Ravens may limit Brown's workload Thursday as a precaution, but it doesn't appear that he'll face any restrictions once training camp gets underway later in the summer.
Brown suffered a knee injury during Tuesday's minicamp practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Brown never left Tuesday's session but was held out Wednesday. While his ability to finish the first practice suggests the issue isn't too serious, Brown's medical history makes any injury a cause for concern. He's expected to lock down a starting job across from Michael Crabtree, with Willie Snead likely manning the slot in three-wide formations. Thursday's minicamp session will be the Ravens' last practice until training camp starts in late July.
The Ravens are slated to sign Brown to a contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Brown tended to health concerns in both 2016 and 2017, most notably a sickle-cell trait that sapped his previous explosiveness. During his first two years in the NFL, his 8.3 YPT was powered by 22 receptions of greater than 20 yards, which fell to 6.4 and seven, respectively, the past two seasons. Avoiding the injury bug will be key in his upcoming relationship with Joe Flacco, who has posted two of the three lowest YPAs of his career the last two campaigns. Brown will be operating on a one-year contract in his new locale, per Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio.
Brown gathered in 21 of 55 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games during the 2017 campaign. For the second year in a row, Brown contended with health concerns, but his sickle-cell trait eventually took a back seat to a turf-toe injury. Among his six games missed in 2017, the latter issue forced four consecutive absences from Weeks 12 through 15. When he was on the field, Brown was unable to build a rapport with any of the Cardinals' signal callers, whether it was Carson Palmer, Drew Stanton (knee) or Blaine Gabbert. As evidence, Brown posted career lows in catch rate (38.2 percent) and yards per target (5.4), marks that are barely passable for an NFL wide receiver. As an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, a lack of sustained health and drastic downturn in production could relegate him to a mere prove-it deal next season.
Brown (toe) was a full practice participant Friday and doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game in Seattle, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports. Brown returned from a four-game absence for last week's 23-0 win over the Giants, catching two of four targets for 28 yards and a touchdown while logging 40 of 69 offensive snaps. He'll have one last chance to make an impression before preparing to hit free agency in the offseason. Brown profiles as an above-average No. 2 receiver based on talent and technique, but his stints of good health have been rare since the end of 2015.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/21||New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
|15||12/16||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|16||12/23||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
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|3 Year Avg||76||42||606||4||31||14.43||85|