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 has been one of the standouts during training camp and has consistently made big plays during practices, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic Baltimore reports. Brown's statistics (one reception for 17 yards) were modest in his lone preseason game, but there's little to glean from that with the first-team offense seeing only limited action. Perhaps of greater importance, quarterback Joe Flacco has shown some strong rapport early with Brown in scrimmages and drills, both as a deep target and on intermediate and underneath routes. Michael Crabtree will have a role in the Ravens' passing attack as a chain mover, but after averaging a meager 6.1 yards per target in 2017, he makes for a suspect No. 1 option at receiver. If Brown can stay healthy and keep impressing once the regular season unfolds, it may not take long for him to unseat Crabtree as Flacco's favorite target.
Brown isn't in uniform for Thursday's Hall of Fame Game versus the Bears, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports. The Ravens completely revamped their receiving corps in the offseason, but the expected top trio of Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead won't risk their health in the exhibition opener. Expect to experience Brown's explosiveness bit by bit in the preseason, with his most work to come in Week 3.
Brown made several impressive catches -- including a 50-yard touchdown -- during Thursday's practice session, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. "He's had a heck of a camp," said offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg after practice. The former Arizona Cardinal is quickly making a name for himself in Baltimore. According to Hensley, Brown made a pair of grabs in the red zone and down the sideline that were both more impressive than his long touchdown. What's more, Brown was working against starting corner Marlon Humphrey on two of those plays. Brown's talent is hardly in question, and if he's able to stay healthy, this could be a resurgent season for the speedy wideout.
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.
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|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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