Fred Brown

Fred Brown

Wide Receiver #13
Team: Denver Broncos
Ht / Wt:6'1" / 213 lb.
College:Mississippi State
Age:26
Born:December 1, 1993
Drafted:2017 / UDFA

Fred Brown: Back with Denver

Brown earned a practice squad spot with the Broncos on Sunday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Brown failed to make the roster after he logged 203 special-teams snaps with the team in 2019. The Mississippi State product will look to showcase his skills and catch the eye of a team across the league to elevate to a 53-man roster.

September 6, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Fred Brown: Cut by Denver

Brown was let go by the Broncos on Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Brown spent the entire 2019 season with the Broncos as a depth receiver and special teamer, logging just two catches, but 203 special teams snaps as well. The 26-year-old faced a stacked depth chart ahead of him to make the final roster, however, he could assume a practice squad role or roster spot elsewhere for the 2020 campaign.

September 6, 2020 8:29 AM EST

Fred Brown: Ends season with two catches

Brown caught two of three targets for 21 yards during the 2019 season.

Analysis: Following the trade that sent Emmanuel Sanders to San Francisco, Brown saw the field for 46 offensive snaps in Week 8 against Indianapolis. He earned just 28 offensive snaps for the rest of the season as Tim Patrick returned from a hand injury and DaeSean Hamilton enjoyed a strong end to the season. Brown was promoted from the practice squad following Week 3 primarily for his special teams ability. With Courtland Sutton, Patrick and Hamilton all figuring to return next season and Diontae Spencer providing value as a returner, that special-teams ability might not be enough to keep Brown on the roster if the Broncos prioritize receivers in the draft as has been rumored.

January 26, 2020 1:14 PM EST

Fred Brown: Promoted to active roster

Brown was activated from the practice squad Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: There was a vacant spot on the 53-man roster after the team waived fellow receiver River Cracraft in a corresponding move Tuesday. Brown has yet to see any regular-season NFL action since going undrafted out of Mississippi State in 2015, but he made a bit of a splash towards the end of this year's preseason, catching five passes for 66 yards and a score in the finale against Arizona. Brown will likely be limited to providing receiver depth for the Broncos going into their Week 4 matchup with Jacksonville.

September 24, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Fred Brown: Makes impact in preseason finale

Brown brought in all five of his targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the Broncos' 20-7 preseason win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Analysis: The 25-year-old checked in second in receptions on the night while pacing the Broncos in receiving yards. He also brought in Denver's only touchdown through the air when he recorded a six-yard scoring grab on a pass from Kevin Hogan in the second quarter. Brown was a late bloomer this preseason, only making his first two catches of the exhibition slate last Saturday against the Rams. Whether Thursday's production will be enough to garner him a roster spot come final cutdowns remains to be seen.

August 29, 2019 10:05 PM EST

Fred Brown: Catches first passes of preseason

Brown caught two of four passes for nine yards during Saturday's 10-6 preseason loss to the Rams.

Analysis: Brown led Denver's receivers in both offensive and special-teams snaps, with 26 and six, respectively. Brown hasn't shown much this preseason, but is still in the mix for WR5 or WR6 on the final roster. His odds aren't great. Of Denver' roster-bubble receivers, Juwann Winfree has shown more as a receiver and, with little clarity at the returner spots, River Cracraft and Kelvin McKnight have a greater chance of contributing. Denver likely needs to carry seven receivers to make Brown a possibility and that doesn't seem likely to happen.

August 25, 2019 8:31 PM EST

Fred Brown: Signs with Broncos

Brown signed a reserve/future contract with the Broncos on Monday, according to the NFL's official transaction report.

Analysis: The undrafted wideout has logged stints with the Rams and the Colts but hasn't been able to crack a 53-man roster yet. He'll get an opportunity to spend the offseason in Denver, as he'll aim to solidify a role on the team.

January 1, 2019 7:39 PM EST

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