John Brown

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Wide Receiver #12

John Brown News

Reverts to practice squad

Brown was reverted to the Buccaneers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Brown saw five offensive snaps but was never targeted. After stints with Oakland, Denver and Jacksonville this season, Brown joined the Buccaneers' practice squad on Jan. 13th. With Tampa Bay's season over, Brown will work to rebound from his catch-less 2021 next season.

Jan 24, 2022 5:21 PM EST

Elevated from practice squad

The Buccaneers elevated Brown from their practice squad Saturday, Scott Smith of the Buccaneers' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown joined Tampa Bay's practice squad Jan. 13 but didn't join the active roster for last week's wild-card win over Philadelphia. The 31-year-old could carve out a slight role in the passing game if Cyril Grayson (hamstring) is ruled out, but he's unlikely to see a significant target share in Sunday's divisional-round matchup against the Rams.

Jan 22, 2022 1:08 PM EST

Could play against Rams?

Coach Bruce Arians suggested Wednesday that Brown could be called up from the practice squad for Sunday's playoff game against the Rams, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown, who worked with Arians in Arizona, signed with the Bucs' practice squad last week but didn't get the call for their wild-card win over the Eagles. It's possible he enters the mix this week, especially if Breshad Perriman has any setbacks with his hip injury and Cyril Grayson is out another week with a hamstring injury. Still, it'd likely just be a part-time role for the 31-year-old Brown, who spent time with the Raiders, Broncos and Jaguars in 2021.

Jan 19, 2022 10:10 AM EST

Remains on practice squad

The Buccaneers didn't elevate Brown from their practice squad ahead of Sunday's wild-card matchup against the Eagles, Greg Auman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown joined the Buccaneers' practice squad Thursday but won't join the active roster as an additional depth option for Sunday's playoff opener. It's not yet clear whether he'll be elevated if the Buccaneers advance to the divisional round.

Jan 15, 2022 2:50 PM EST

Joins Tampa Bay practice squad

Brown has been signed to the Buccaneers' practice squad.

Analysis: Brown last caught a regular-season NFL pass in 2020, when he was with the Bills, but he'll give the Buccaneers some added depth at wide receiver in advance of the team's postseason run. With Chris Godwin (knee) on IR, Antonio Brown no longer in the mix and Cyril Grayson dealing with a hamstring issue, it's plausible that John Brown could be promoted to the active roster before long. The 31-year-old wideout is thus reunited with coach Bruce Arians, who worked with Brown for four seasons (2014 through 2017) while the two were with the Cardinals.

Jan 13, 2022 8:18 AM EST

Not with Jaguars anymore

The Jaguars have released Brown from their practice squad Monday, John Shipley of reports.

Analysis: The John Brown experiment has ended after two games as the Jaguars continue to find a deep threat at wide receiver. The veteran wideout only played seven snaps for Jacksonville over the last two weeks -- three in Week 11 and four in Week 12 -- and didn't register a single catch despite being targeted twice.

Nov 29, 2021 4:32 PM EST

Elevated to active roster

Brown was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Michael DiRocco of reports.

Analysis: Brown was brought up to the active roster ahead of the team's Week 11 loss to the 49ers, but he played just four offensive snaps. He will likely have a similar role during Sunday's matchup with the Falcons.

Nov 27, 2021 6:29 PM EST

Returns to practice squad

Brown has reverted to the Jaguars' practice squad per the NFL's transaction report.

Analysis: Brown was brought up to the active roster ahead of the team's Week 11 loss to the 49ers. He ended up seeing the field for four offensive snaps, but did not see any targets.

Nov 22, 2021 6:46 PM EST

Elevated by Jacksonville

Brown was elevated from the Jaguars' practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Analysis: Brown has spent just under two weeks on the Jaguars' practice squad and will provide extra depth at wide receiver Sunday. He made two appearances with the Broncos earlier in the year but failed to haul in his lone target.

Nov 20, 2021 4:27 PM EST

Joins Jags' practice squad

Brown was signed to Jacksonville's practice squad Monday.

Analysis: Brown was let go by the Broncos in late October and will now link up with the Jaguars. The 31-year-old was a gameday elevation from the practice squad in two games for Denver and failed to catch his lone target.

Nov 8, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Released Tuesday

Brown was released by the Broncos on Tuesday after being reverted to the practice squad, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: The wide receiver was active the last two games for the Broncos, failing to reel in a catch with one target over those contests. Brown was reverted to the practice following Week 7 and with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) expected to return in Week 8, the team decided to cut him loose. The 31-year-old will now search for a new squad going into middle of the regular season.

Oct 26, 2021 2:27 PM EST

Catchless in loss

Brown failed to secure his only target in Thursday's 17-14 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Brown was elevated from the Broncos' practice squad ahead of Thursday's matchup with the Browns, but the veteran ended up playing on just six of the team's 50 offensive snaps. The wideout's only target in the contest was a shot into the end zone early in the second quarter, but quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's pass was intercepted. Brown was signed by Denver to provide depth at the wide receiver position, but he will likely struggle to see much playing time as Jerry Jeudy is set to make his return from an ankle injury in Week 8. Next up for Denver is a matchup with Washington on Oct. 31.

Oct 23, 2021 4:33 AM EST

Added to roster for Thursday's game

The Broncos elevated Brown from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Browns.

Analysis: He'll be called up from the practice squad for the second week in a row to help restore depth in the Broncos' depleted receiving corps. Barring Jerry Jeudy's (ankle) surprise activation from injured reserve prior to Thursday's contest, Brown will likely find himself fourth in the pecking order at receiver behind Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick and Kendall Hinton. Each of the three easily outpaced Brown in terms of playing time in last week's 34-24 loss to the Raiders, with the 31-year-old logging just five snaps in his Denver debut.

Oct 21, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Returns to practice squad

Brown reverted to the Broncos' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Brown was a gameday elevation for Sunday's loss to Baltimore and wasn't targeted on six offensive snaps. The 30-year-old joined Denver's practice squad less than a week ago, so he could see a few more opportunities if he's able to get more comfortable in the offense.

Oct 18, 2021 4:53 PM EST

Elevated to active roster

Brown was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: Coach Vic Fangio essentially confirmed this designation was coming as early as Friday. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur also hinted Brown has a specific package of plays installed for him which would seem to suggest the veteran pass catcher will be active ahead of Sunday's contest against his former team. The 31-year-old was arguably the most talented wide receiver still remaining without a roster, but with Jerry Jeudy (ankle) expected to return soon it's hard to see Brown carving out a ton of playing time over the coming weeks.

Oct 16, 2021 2:55 PM EST

Likely call-up for Week 6

Coach Vic Fangio said Friday that there'a a high likelihood Brown will be elevated from the practice squad for Sunday's game against the Raiders, Aric DiLalla of the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: In conjunction with Thursday's comments from offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur that the team was putting together a package of plays for Brown, it certainly appears that the veteran wide receiver will be ready to make his Denver debut come Sunday. The 31-year-old wide receiver spent the previous three seasons with the Bills and is just two years removed from a 2019 campaign in which he set career highs in catches (72) and receiving yards (1,060).

Oct 15, 2021 12:51 PM EST

Could sign to active roster soon

After signing to the Broncos' practice squad, Brown could possibly suit up for Denver in Week 6, Zac Stevens of reports.

Analysis: According to Stevens, Coach Vic Fangio noted Wednesday that the next three days will shed light on how quickly Brown could be moved up to the active roster, adding that the team would make a decision by the end of the week. Fangio's comments aren't surprising, as the team is in need of depth at the wide receiver position due to the injuries that have plagued their season thus far. Brown could carve out a solid role in the Denver offense as a speedy receiver on the outside. The 31-year-old enters an offense that will see Jerry Jeudy (ankle) make his return in the coming weeks. Fellow wideouts Courtland Sutton and Tim Patrick have handled the majority of pass catching duties admirably for the Broncos, so Brown is no sure thing to see consistent usage in Denver's offense going forward. If the veteran receiver is signed to the active roster this week, he could make his debut against the Raiders in Week 6.

Oct 13, 2021 9:49 PM EST

Gets opportunity with Denver

The Broncos signed Brown to their practice squad Tuesday, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Brown worked out for the Broncos earlier in the day and evidently made enough of an impression in the workout for the team to sign him. The 31-year-old speedster wasn't able to crack the Raiders' 53-man roster coming out of the preseason, but he could have a clearer path to a promotion in Denver while Jerry Jeudy (ankle) and KJ Hamler (knee) are on injured reserve. While with Buffalo in 2020, Brown hauled in 33 of 52 targets for 458 yards and three touchdowns across nine games.

Oct 12, 2021 2:16 PM EST

Let go by Raiders

Brown has been released by the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report notes that the speedy wideout asked for his release from the team and with his request granted, Brown will now look to catch on with another team looking for pass-catching experience and depth.

Aug 31, 2021 1:50 PM EST

On the bubble?

Brown may be competing with undrafted rookie Dillon Stoner for a single roster spot, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Brown played in the Raiders' final preseason game, while Henry Ruggs, Bryan Edwards, Hunter Renfrow, Zay Jones and Willie Snead all were rested. The Raiders gave Brown more than $3 million in guaranteed money on a one-year contract, but it's a sunk cost at this point, and he'd arguably be clogging up a roster spot as a backup receiver who doesn't play special teams. Brown has been running with the backups for most of the summer, with the Raiders seemingly favoring Ruggs, Edwards and Renfrow as the Week 1 trio. They've carried a fullback and used multi-TE formations a good amount under Jon Gruden, with the fourth and fifth receivers often playing just a few snaps per game on offense.

Aug 30, 2021 11:21 AM EST

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