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.
Brown (toe) was limited in practice Thursday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. After ending a four-game DNP streak with active status Sunday against the Giants, Brown needed a bit more time with the rehab group to prepare for a potential appearance Week 17. So far, he was held out Wednesday before Thursday's capped showing, but the increase in work is as good of a sign as any that he's trending in the right direction. Look for Brown's status to receive some clarification by week's end.
Brown (toe) was a non-participant at Wednesday's practice,Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com reports. It's no surprise Brown is focusing on rehab rather than practice on the heels of his first game action since Week 11. In his return Sunday against the Giants, he logged 40 of 69 offensive snaps, catching two passes (on four targets) for 28 yards and one touchdown. Brown may need additional maintenance beyond Wednesday, but some activity Thursday or Friday would be a positive sign as the Cardinals prepare for Sunday's season finale at Seattle.
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