John Brown signed with the Raiders this offseason, and he could be the No. 1 receiver in Las Vegas this year. Brown should be considered a No. 3 Fantasy receiver in all leagues, and he's worth drafting with a mid-round pick. Brown had a down season in Buffalo in 2020, which was marred by injuries, and he missed eight games and parts of others. When healthy, he had five outings with at least 13 PPR points in the eight games he appeared in. He should step into Nelson Agholor's role as the No. 1 receiver for Derek Carr, and Agholor just had 48 catches for 896 yards and eight touchdowns on 82 targets. The Raiders' top pass-catcher should remain tight end Darren Waller, and we'll see if Henry Ruggs III can improve in his second year. But Brown should see close to 100 targets and has the chance to be productive in this offense.
Brown agreed Wednesday with the Raiders on a one-year contract, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports. Released by the Bills last week, Brown didn't take long to land on his feet, joining a Las Vegas offense in which he could conceivably be the No. 1 wide receiver. Nelson Agholor agreed to sign with the Patriots on Monday, leaving Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards as the top options at wideout for the Raiders. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Brown averaged 4.4 catches for 63.3 yards in 24 regular-season games for Buffalo the last two years.
The Bills released Brown on Wednesday. Buffalo will save $7.4 million against the cap by cutting Brown, according to Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo. The speedy veteran is coming off an inconsistent season to say the least, as he spent much of the year playing through foot, knee and calf injuries in addition to missing six straight games due to an ankle issue. When on the field, however, Brown still managed to contribute a number of big plays for Buffalo's offense. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should draw plenty of interest from teams in need of experienced help at receiver, though he'll have to compete with a strong free-agent class at the position. Gabriel Davis, who showed significant flashes as a rookie last season, looks primed for more work alongside Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in 2021 following Brown's release.
Brown caught two of four targets for 24 yards Sunday in the Bills' 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. The Kansas City secondary did an exceptional job of shutting down Buffalo's primary outside receivers in the contest, with Brown, Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis combining for eight receptions for 101 yards on 18 targets. The lackluster outing concluded an up-and-down season for Brown, who provided a number of big plays through the first half of the Bills' schedule before being derailed by the ankle sprain he suffered Week 10 in Arizona. Brown proceeded to miss the Bills' subsequent six games, then returned for Week 17 and the team's ensuing playoff run. He wasn't able to make a consistent splash in the Bills' final four games, however, reeling in 14 of 23 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown in those contests.
Brown caught eight of his 11 targets for 62 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round win against the Ravens. Brown got his night started with a four-yard reception on Buffalo's opening drive, adding a pair of crafty sideline-straddling catches for 33 yards on subsequent plays later in the half. The veteran wideout ultimately tied Stefon Diggs for the team lead in receptions, though Brown proved to be more of a safety-valve option with his 7.8 yards-per-catch average. The output nonetheless provides a stark improvement from Brown's zero-catch showing in the wild-card round versus Indianapolis. He now prepares for an AFC Championship Game matchup against either Kansas City or Cleveland.
Brown failed to catch any of his four targets in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round win over the Colts. Buffalo was able to advance despite Brown's dud. The veteran receiver battled through an injury-riddled regular season but seemed to be healing up down the stretch, so this goose egg was unexpected. He still tied for third on the team in targets and will look to redeem himself in the AFC divisional round next week.
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|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|9||11/07||@New York Giants||9||20.38|
|10||11/14||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|13||12/05||Washington Football Team||5||19.35|
|14||12/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|18||01/09||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
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