John Brown

Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #12
Jacksonville Jaguars
Wide Receiver #12
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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

Listed as second-stringer

Brown is listed as Henry Ruggs' backup on the Raiders' first unofficial depth chart of 2021.

Analysis: Brown is the veteran of a young position group, but it's Ruggs, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow who are listed as starters, while the 31-year-old is placed on the second unit. Granted, depth charts are put together by PR departments, so this doesn't necessarily mean Brown won't be in the starting lineup Week 1 against Baltimore. He signed a one-year, $3.75 million contract this offseason, with nearly all of the money guaranteed.

Aug 12, 2021 6:09 AM EST

Lands in Vegas

Brown is signing a one-year contract with Las Vegas, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Released by the Bills last week, Brown didn't take long to land on his feet, joining a Vegas offense in which he conceivably could be the No. 1 wide receiver. Nelson Agholor agreed to sign with the Patriots on Monday, leaving Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow and Bryan Edwards as the top options at wideout for the Raiders. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Brown averaged 4.4 catches for 63.3 yards in 24 regular-season games for Buffalo the last two years.

Mar 17, 2021 6:53 AM EST

Time up in Buffalo

The Bills released Brown on Wednesday.

Analysis: Buffalo will save $7.4 million against the cap by cutting Brown, as Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo notes. The speedy veteran is coming off an inconsistent season to say the least, as he spent much of the year playing through foot, knee and calf injuries in addition to missing six straight games due to an ankle issue. When on the field, however, Brown did still manage to contribute a number of big plays for Buffalo's offense. The soon-to-be 31-year-old should draw plenty of interest from teams in need of veteran help at receiver, though he'll have to compete with a strong free agent class at the position. Gabriel Davis, who showed significant flashes as a rookie last season, looks primed for more work alongside Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in 2021 following Brown's release.

Mar 10, 2021 10:25 AM EST

Shut down in AFC title game

Brown caught two of four targets for 24 yards Sunday in the Bills' 38-24 loss to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game.

Analysis: The Kansas City secondary did an exceptional job of shutting down Buffalo's primary outside receivers in the contest, with Brown, Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis combining for eight receptions for 101 yards on 18 targets. The lackluster outing concluded an up-and-down season for Brown, who provided a number of big plays through the first half of the Bills' schedule before being derailed by the ankle sprain he suffered Week 10 in Arizona. Brown proceeded to miss the Bills' subsequent six games, then returned for Week 17 and the team's ensuing playoff run. He wasn't able to make a consistent splash in the Bills' final four games, however, reeling in 14 of 23 targets for 158 yards and a touchdown in those contests.

Jan 28, 2021 1:36 PM EST

Totals eight catches in playoff win

Brown caught eight of his 11 targets for 62 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round win against the Ravens.

Analysis: Brown got his night started with a four-yard reception on Buffalo's opening drive, adding on with a pair of crafty sideline-straddling catches for 33 yards on subsequent plays two possessions later. The veteran wideout ultimately tied Stefon Diggs for the team lead in receptions, though Brown proved to be more of a safety-valve option with his 7.8 yards-per-catch average. The output represented a stark improvement from Brown's zero-catch outing in the wild-card round against Indianapolis, as he prepares for an AFC Championship Game matchup against either Kansas City or Cleveland.

Jan 16, 2021 10:03 PM EST

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