Brown will work with Stefon Diggs as the starting wideout tandem after the Bills traded away a large haul of draft picks to acquire the former Minnesota receiver this week. While in theory Diggs could draw much attention away from the speedy Brown, who served as the team's clear-cut No. 1 receiver last season, Diggs is certain to get a large number of looks himself. To a lessor extent, Cole Beasley, running back Devin Singletary and tight end Dawson Knox also need to get the ball. For a team that prefers to run the ball more than most, it may end up being tough for Brown to replicate his 72-1,060-6 line from 2019. We don't see a significant drop-off coming, but much of Brown's value last season came from week-to-week consistency. That could change now that there may be weeks where Diggs steals the show.
Brown had four receptions (eight targets) for 50 yards and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass in Saturday's 22-19 playoff loss to Houston. Brown had a modest game aside from the passing touchdown via a trick play on the opening drive (his second passing score this year). The veteran wideout finished the regular season as the Bills' top receiving option, posting his first 1,000-yard season since 2015 (72 receptions for 1,060 yards and seven total touchdowns). Brown just completed the first year of a three-year, $27 million contract, and his resurgence as a legitimate starting wide receiver should make him one of Josh Allen's most trusted options in 2020.
Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets. As is Cole Beasley, with the Bills resting several key players, which sets the stage for Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams to handle the team's Week 17 wideout duties.
Brown and other Bills' starters could be rested in the finale against the Jets, The Buffalo News reports. The team is locked into the No. 5 spot in the AFC, while Brown is probably the team's most important offensive player after quarterback Josh Allen. It would be surprising if the speedy receiver plays anywhere close to a full game. Coach Sean McDermott even acknowledged opposing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' reputation for not going easy on the other team as motivation for keeping key players off the field.
Brown hauled in only one of his four targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added one rush for three yards. Brown failed to record multiple receptions in a game for the first time this season. However, he made his one catch worthwhile, beating Stephon Gilmore deep for a 53-yard touchdown halfway through the third quarter. Having already set career-best marks in receptions and receiving yards, Brown will look to end the 2019 regular season on a positive note against the Jets in Week 17.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||New York Jets||25||23.50|
|3||09/27||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|4||10/04||@Las Vegas Raiders||0.00|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|8||11/01||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|12||11/29||Los Angeles Chargers||3||16.13|
|13||12/08||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|16||12/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||89||45||691||5||32||15.36||99|