Brown brought in two of three targets for 11 yards in the Buccaneers' 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also returned one punt for two yards.
Brown had given fantasy managers reason for optimism with his ascending numbers over the previous two games, but Sunday brought season-low figures across the board. The speedy veteran was regularly passed over in the passing game in favor of Mike Evans, Chris Godwin and Rob Gronkowski despite Tom Brady putting the ball up a robust 41 times. Brown will look to further acclimate to coach Bruce Arians' offense during the upcoming bye week before reemerging for a Week 14 battle against the Vikings.
Brown caught eight of 13 targets for 57 yards in Monday night's 27-24 loss to the Rams. He also rushed once for one yard.
Brown flashed some chemistry with quarterback Tom Brady by connecting on a couple difficult passes over the course of Monday's contest. While that relationship helped Brown lead the Bucs in receptions, targets and yards, teammates Chris Godwin and Mike Evans both scored touchdowns. Additionally, Brown had a critical deep ball brush off his fingertips during the second half. Despite leaving room for improvement, Brown still demonstrated his fast-evolving role in Tampa Bay's offense, as his catch and target tallies have grown in each of his three games for the team. The veteran will now aim for a true breakout in Week 12 versus the Chiefs.
Brown hauled in seven of eight targets for 69 yards and lost three yards on his sole rush in the Buccaneers' 46-23 win over the Panthers on Sunday.
Brown was exponentially more involved than during his Week 9 debut, pacing the Buccaneers in receptions while checking in second in targets. The veteran speedster and Tom Brady displayed excellent chemistry in their third career game together, lending credence to the notion the pair may just be scratching the surface. Brown will look to build on Sunday's encouraging effort in a Week 11 Monday night showdown against the Rams' tough secondary.
Brown (suspension) had three receptions (five targets) for 31 yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to New Orleans.
Brown made his long-awaited return to pro football after getting himself exiled from the NFL and serving an eight-game suspension upon his reinstatement due to off-the-field issues. The 32-year-old didn't appear to lose a step during the extended layoff, running his signature option routes with crispness. While the stat line wasn't anything to write home about, the polarizing wideout was able to beat his free safety assignment deep for what would have been a long gain or potentially a touchdown had Tom Brady not underthrown the ball for an interception. This game was one to forget altogether for the Buccaneers, but there were glimpses of potential between Brown and Brady. Fantasy managers should tempter their expectations for the star's return, as he is no longer the clear top receiving option like he was during his days in Pittsburgh. However, operating as the slot man for a historically talented receiving corps will certainly produce some useful stat lines.
Brown, who was officially reinstated from his eight-game suspension Tuesday, practiced with the Buccaneers for the first time Wednesday and could play 10-to-35 snaps in his Week 9 debut against the Saints, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports. "He was going full speed," coach Bruce Arians said. "Everyone else was walking and he was going full speed, and that's him, anyway. It was good. Guys were helping him. He's got a really good handle on what we're trying to get done formation-ally and everything."
The Buccaneers conducted a walk-through session Wednesday at their indoor facility, and Brown apparently wasn't able to hold back his enthusiasm in what was his first practice with a team since September 2019 while he was a member of the Patriots. The extent of the 32-year-old's role in his 2020 debut will partly hinge on the status of Chris Godwin (finger), who is uncertain to play after undergoing surgery last week. Brown played 24 snaps in his Patriots debut against the Dolphins last season in what was his only game with the team and of the entire campaign. His potential role for Sunday night's game against New Orleans should become clearer over the remainder of the practice week.
The Buccaneers activated Brown from the reserve/suspension list Tuesday, making him eligible to play in Sunday's game against the Saints, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Brown will officially return to practice Wednesday after serving his eight-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday that he isn't sure how much Brown will play against the Saints, offering that a range of between 10 and 35 snaps is more reasonable than the 60-80 range. His usage may ultimately depend on whether Chris Godwin returns to action after undergoing surgery on his left index finger, but it appears Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson should both have roles in Sunday's divisional tilt either way.
Coach Bruce Arians isn't sure how much Brown (suspension) can expect to be on the field Sunday against the Saints, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports. "It could be 10 plays, it could be 35 plays," Arians said Tuesday.
Brown has completed his eight-game suspension for violations of the personal conduct policy, but until he's removed from the reserve/suspended list, he won't officially be a part of the Buccaneers' active roster. Still, the move is slated to happen in the near future so Brown can get on the practice field Wednesday. Considering Arians noted 10 or 35 snaps and not something in the range of 60-80, Brown seemingly will be eased into the offense, even with Chris Godwin potentially missing a second game in a row this weekend due to a broken left index finger.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said that Brown (suspension) "looked fantastic" in his first team workout Wednesday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
As a new arrival, Brown had to first produce negative COVID-19 tests for five consecutive days to satisfy league protocols, making Wednesday the first day he was able to enter the facility. Pending his reinstatement by the league after Week 8, Brown will be eligible to make his team debut Week 9 against the Saints. Since Brown is still serving the final week of an eight-game suspension, he will be limited to working out on side field for the next few days before joining the main group next Wednesday, the first official day of Week 9 prep. Brown could have a substantial role in that contest if Chris Godwin still isn't ready to return from the index finger surgery he required earlier this week.
Brown (suspension) officially signed his one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Tuesday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
The seven-time Pro Bowler initially agreed in principle to a deal with Tampa Bay on Friday before player and team finalized the language of the contract over the last few days. Per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Brown's contract is worth $1 million in base salary and per-game roster bonuses, with an additional $1.5 million available in incentives. The wideout remains suspended by the NFL through Week 8, but if the league reinstates him, Brown is expected to make his Buccaneers debut Nov. 8 against the Saints.
Brown (suspension) is expected to officially sign his one-year contract with the Buccaneers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Following his virtual meeting with Tampa Bay, Brown agreed in principle to a deal Friday, and the Buccaneers and his representation have taken the last few days to finalize the particulars of the contract. According to Schefter, Brown's contract contains $1 million in base salary and roster bonuses, with an additional $750,000 available in performance-based incentives and another $750,000 due if the Buccaneers win the Super Bowl. Brown's Buccaneers debut is expected to come in a Week 9 matchup with the Saints on Nov. 8, pending the NFL reinstating him from his suspension following Week 8.
Brown (suspension) agreed in principle Friday with the Buccaneers on a one-year contract, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
According to Schefter, the exact language of Brown's deal still needs to be finalized, but the 32-year-old is tentatively on track to resume his career in Tampa Bay. Before he can officially join the Bucs' 53-man roster, Brown will need to receive formal reinstatement from the NFL once his suspension lapses after Week 8. If all goes according to plan, Brown will make his 2020 debut Week 9 against the Saints, joining a loaded Buccaneers wideout group that also includes Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The Buccaneers are negotiating a contract with Brown, with Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times relaying that the deal is "99 percent" done.
Though Adam Schefter of ESPN previously suggested that Seattle was still in the mix for the wideout's services, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network believes that "if all goes well -- and (Brown) and the (Buccaneers) expect it to -- he'll sign by the beginning of next week and be ready to play" as soon as Week 9, when he's eligible to be reinstated from his suspension. If that's the case, he would be joining a Tampa Bay wide receiver corps that already rosters top-shelf talents in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Brown (suspension) is scheduled to visit with the Buccaneers on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Pending his reinstatement by the NFL, Brown is eligible to return from suspension after Week 8, which has prompted teams to begin checking in with the wideout. The Buccaneers will be the first team to formally meet with Brown since he worked out with the Saints in December 2019, with Wilson noting that both player and team are "highly motivated" to reach an agreement on a deal. Brown's prior connection with Tom Brady from their brief stint together in New England last season likely factored heavily into the wideout's interest in Tampa Bay, and his potential addition would further strengthen a pass-catching corps that also includes Pro Bowl-caliber talents in Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
The Seahawks are "positioned to make a push to sign" Brown (suspension) if he is reinstated by the NFL when eligible after Week 8, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The report notes that other teams are also pursuing the wideout, though the possibility remains that the league could still extend Brown's suspension beyond Week 8. If that doesn't happen, however, the talented wideout could return to play in the second half of the current NFL campaign. Should Brown link up with the Seahawks, his team context would be favorable, but for now, Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf are entrenched as the team's top wideouts.
Brown's eight-game suspension could still be extended if the NFL obtains new evidence pertaining to violations of its personal conduct policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Brown has a Sept. 15 hearing for a civil suit based on a sexual assault accusation. The allegation has been public knowledge since last year, but it wasn't factored into Brown's eight-game suspension. It thus stands to reason that his ban could be extended if the civil suit brings about new information.
The NFL has suspended Brown eight games for violating the personal conduct policy, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
According to Dan Graziano of ESPN.com, Brown's suspension will begin Sept. 5 and run through Week 8 of the regular season or his team's eighth game (assuming he signs with a team). He should be able to participate in training camp if he signs within the next couple weeks.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh believes Brown isn't eligible to sign with an NFL team at the moment, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Harbaugh was responding to media inquiries after Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said he thought Brown would be a good fit in the Baltimore locker room. Brown's history of contentious relationships with teammates might seem to suggest otherwise, but the real issue is an ongoing investigation into a series of off-field incidents from the past year. Brown likely will be suspended once the NFL concludes its investigation.
Brown and Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson are interested in playing together, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Garafolo reports other star quarterbacks -- including Tom Brady, Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson -- are hoping their teams will sign the veteran wideout. Previous reports suggested the Buccaneers and Ravens weren't likely to sign Brown, but Seattle could be a fit. Garafolo believes the Seahawks aren't likely to sign Brown until the NFL completes its investigation into his series of off-field incidents. A suspension is widely expected, potentially costing him half the season or more. Brown will turn 32 on July 10.
Brown isn't likely to sign with the Ravens, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Anderson says the Ravens haven't had earnest discussions about the possibility of signing the veteran wideout. NFL Network's Michael Silver had recently mentioned Seattle and Baltimore as potential destinations for Brown, who likely will face a lengthy suspension for off-field conduct if he ends up signing with an NFL team.
Per NFL Network's Michael Silver, the Seahawks and Ravens are reportedly having internal discussions about potentially adding Brown at some point down the road, NFL.com reports.
For the time being, however, Brown, who was released by the Patriots last September, is under investigation by the NFL for his off-field conduct and could potentially face league discipline. With that in mind, Silver speculates that Brown may be facing a suspension of "about half a season."
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