Brown reverted to the Bills' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Brown capped off his third practice-squad elevation of the season with a bang. The 32-year-old wideout's six offensive snaps were the lowest of any Bills receiver Week 18, though he capitalized when he caught a 42-yard touchdown pass deep down the right sideline late in the third quarter. This was Brown's just second target of the season and his first reception since the 2020 campaign. He should continue to serve as a deep reserve option for Buffalo so long as wideouts Jake Kumerow (ankle) and Jamison Crowder (ankle) remain on IR during the upcoming playoffs.
Jan 9, 2023 7:46 PM EST
The Bills elevated Brown from the practice squad ahead of Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Brown will be elevated from Buffalo's practice squad for the third time this season with wideouts Jake Kumerow (ankle) and Jamison Crowder (ankle) both still on IR. The 32-year-old receiver logged one target while 15 offensive snaps across his previous two appearances this season, so it's unlikely he'll see a significant workload unless Buffalo opts to rest top wideouts Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and/or Isaiah McKenzie during the second half of this Week 18 contest.
Jan 7, 2023 2:15 PM EST
Brown reverted to the Bills' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: Brown was elevated to Buffalo's active roster for the second week in a row to help fill in with Jake Kumerow (ankle) and Jamison Crowder (ankle) both still on IR. While he log his first target of the 2022 season, the veteran Brown failed to haul in this pass. He also ended up playing fewer offensive snaps (three) than he did during the Bills' 24-10 win over New England in Week 13 (12). Brown will now be eligible for one more elevation from the team's practice squad this season.
Dec 12, 2022 4:21 PM EST
The Bills elevated Brown to the active roster Saturday for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: With wideouts Jamison Crowder (ankle) and Jake Kumerow (ankle) still on injured reserve Week 14, Brown will be brought up from the practice squad for the second game in a row. The 32-year-old totaled at least 33 receptions over six of his first seven seasons, including 72 catches (on 115 targets) for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns with Buffalo in 2019. However, Brown has failed to haul in a target since the 2020 campaign, and he did not log a statistic while playing 12 offensive snaps Week 13 versus New England. He'll now be eligible for one more elevation from the Bills' practice squad this season.
Dec 10, 2022 4:30 PM EST
Brown reverted to the Bills' practice squad Friday, per the NFL's transaction log.
Analysis: With Jamison Crowder (ankle), Jake Kumerow (ankle) and Marquez Stevenson (foot) on IR, the Bills elected to elevate Brown from the practice squad to the active roster for Thursday's matchup against New England. However, the veteran wideout didn't garner a target across 12 offensive snaps during his season debut. Brown figures to be a candidate for elevation as long as the aforementioned trio of wideouts remain on IR.
Dec 2, 2022 3:16 PM EST
The Bills elevated Brown from their practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Patriots.
Analysis: Brown has two seasons of 1,000-plus receiving yards on his resume -- including one with Buffalo in 2019 -- but the 32-year-old wideout has bounced around the active rosters and practice squads of multiple teams over the last three seasons. He looks as though he could get the chance to make his 2022 debut Thursday while the Bills have three other wideouts on injured reserve (Jamison Crowder, Jake Kumerow and Marquez Stevenson), but Brown likely won't be counted on to play more than a handful of snaps if he's active. Buffalo still has four other receivers on the active roster in Stefon Diggs, Gabriel Davis, Isaiah McKenzie and Khalil Shakir, all of whom will presumably be ahead of Brown in the pecking order for reps.
Dec 1, 2022 1:48 PM EST
The Bills signed Brown to their practice squad Saturday.
Analysis: Brown's best NFL campaign came with Buffalo in 2019, when he tallied a career-high 72 receptions for 1060 yards while scoring six touchdowns. His production dropped off the following season, and he failed to record any receptions in 2021 in four games between Denver and Jacksonville. Brown may have a path to Buffalo's active roster with Jake Kumerow (ankle) hitting injured reserve last week.
Nov 26, 2022 5:58 PM EST
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
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
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
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
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
The Jaguars have released Brown from their practice squad Monday, John Shipley of SI.com 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
Brown was elevated to the active roster Saturday, Michael DiRocco of ESPN.com 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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