|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 2|
|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 186 lb.|
|Born:||July 10, 1988|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 6 (195)|
Brown (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's NFC Championship Game at Green Bay, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians indicated Thursday that the veteran wideout was expected to be a game-time decision, but he hadn't progress as the team hoped when evaluated Friday morning, per Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. Brown won't travel with the team, and the Buccaneers will need to advance to the Super Bowl for him to have a chance of seeing the field again this season. Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson should see increased opportunities for the Buccaneers.
Brown (knee) didn't practice Thursday, Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Coach Bruce Arians noted that Brown doesn't have to practice this week in order to play Sunday against the Packers and will be a game-time decision for the NFC Championship Game, which kicks off at 3:05 ET. With that in mind, Brown figures to be officially listed as questionable upon the release of the Buccaneers' Friday injury report.
Brown (knee) was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimate.
Analysis: An MRI on Brown's knee revealed no major damage and the wideout is considered day-to-day by coach Bruce Arians. Meanwhile, when Jenna Laine of ESPN.com asked Arians Wednesday about Brown's availability for Sunday's NFC Championship Game, he replied, "it's too early to tell." Added context on Brown's status will arrive no later than Thursday when the Buccaneers next take the practice field.
Brown (knee) isn't participating in the media-access portion of Wednesday's practice, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brown injured his knee Sunday and had an MRI on Monday. The Bucs reportedly consider him day-to-day, hoping he'll be available for the NFC Championship Game in Green Bay on Sunday. It's possible the wideout could play without practicing, but it would still be nice to see some level of participation by the end of the week.
Browns (knee) is considered day-to-day after undergoing an MRI, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: The wideout avoided a serious injury, but he could still face a challenge to be ready in time for the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. Brown played only 40 percent of offensive snaps in a win over New Orleans in the divisional round, catching one of three targets for 10 yards. If Brown isn't available Sunday, the Bucs can install Tyler Johnson and/or Scotty Miller as the No. 3 receiver.
Brown (knee) is undergoing an MRI to diagnose the nature and severity of his injury Monday, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Brown appeared to tweak his knee during the second half of Sunday's NFC divisional-round win over the Saints, in which he hauled in one of three targets for 10 yards. The 32-year-old veteran had numerous stints on the sideline during the second half, but he was never officially ruled out for the game, which could bode well for his health. If his status does end up impacted for this weekend's NFC Championship Game at chilly Lambeau Field, Scotty Miller and Tyler Johnson will stand to inherit increased roles behind Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Brown secured one of three targets for 10 yards in the Buccaneers' 30-20 divisional-round win over the Saints on Sunday. Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports Brown appeared to be dealing with a knee injury in the second half.
Analysis: The veteran speedster's sparse line is largely explained by his physical issues, which appeared to surface just before halftime. Brown was seen talking to Tom Brady walking off the field at halftime on the FOX broadcast about what was presumed to be the injury, and he spent large portions of the second half on the sideline. The coming days leading up to next Sunday's NFC Championship Game versus the Packers will naturally shed more light on Brown's chances of suiting up for that contest, but the Buccaneers' passing game could be in for a challenging day in the frigid weather at Lambeau Field.
Brown brought in two of three targets for 49 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-23 win over Washington on Saturday night.
Analysis: With Mike Evans (knee) active and filling his usual No. 1 role, Brown saw a lot less of Tom Brady's attention than in Week 17 against the Falcons. The veteran wideout still made his presence felt, however, recording a 36-yard touchdown grab late in the first quarter to extend the Buccaneers' lead to 9-0 at the time. Despite logging his fewest targets since Week 12, Brown could well be right back to a larger role in next weekend's divisional-round matchup against either the Saints or Rams.
Brown secured 11 of 14 targets for 138 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 44-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Flashing the type of speed and sure hands that made him one of the NFL's elite pass catchers for multiple seasons in Pittsburgh, Brown put together season highs across the board while pacing the Buccaneers in receptions, receiving yardage and targets. Brown's two scores, his third and fourth over the last three contests, came from 25 and 30 yards out in the second and fourth quarter, respectively. With Mike Evans set to undergo an MRI on the knee he injured in the first quarter as per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com, Brown's potential role in a first-round playoff game against either the Giants or Washington next weekend should become a lot clearer early in the week.
Brown brought in four of six targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 47-7 win over the Lions on Saturday.
Analysis: While the veteran speedster didn't quite enjoy as prolific an afternoon as fellow wideouts Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, he was a part of Tom Brady's record-setting first half with an impressive 12-yard touchdown grab in very tight coverage late in the second quarter. After being kept out of the end zone in his first five games as a Buc, Brown has now notched scoring catches in back-to-back contests. He'll have one more chance to tune up for the postseason in a Week 17 divisional tilt versus the Falcons.
Brown brought in five of seven targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 31-27 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Brown appeared to be on his way to another so-so outing until hauling in a beautifully thrown 46-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 6:19 remaining, which would turn out to be the difference in the game. The former Pro Bowler checked in second in receptions and receiving yards to Mike Evans on the afternoon while tying both he and Rob Gronkowski for the team lead in targets. Brown still continues to be utilized in a shorter-area role more often than not -- his other four catches went for a relatively modest 47 yards Sunday -- but he'll carry plenty of upside into a Week 16 Saturday afternoon matchup versus the vulnerable Lions secondary.
Brown brought in all five targets for 49 yards in the Buccaneers' 26-14 win over the Vikings on Sunday.
Analysis: Brown tied Mike Evans for the team lead in targets while setting the pace in receptions on a day when there were only 23 total targets to go around. The veteran multi-time Pro Bowler has delivered only modest production in what has mostly been a short-area role thus far in Tampa Bay, posting a 25-217 line on 34 targets through five games. Brown does continue to draw plenty of Brady's attention, however, giving him a fighting chance at generating better numbers in a favorable Week 15 matchup against the vulnerable Falcons secondary.
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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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 10-35 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."
Analysis: The Buccaneers conducted a walk-through session Wednesday in their indoor facility, but Brown apparently wasn't able to hold back his enthusiasm in what was his first practice since September 2019 with 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 reportedly about 50-50 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 regular campaign. Brown's 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.
Analysis: 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.
Analysis: 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.
Brown (suspension), whose first day at the Buccaneers facility was Wednesday, "looked fantastic" according to coach Bruce Arians, Jenna Laine of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: As a new arrival, Brown had to first produce negative COVID tests for five consecutive days to satisfy league COVID-19 protocols, making Wednesday the first day he was able to enter the facility. The veteran, who'll be eligible to play beginning in Week 9 against the Saints, also worked with the strength training staff, where Arians observed the receiver appeared to be in very good shape. Due to Brown still being in the midst of the final week of his eight-game suspension, he won't be able to join his teammates on the practice field until 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 had to undergo earlier in the week.
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