John Brown

John Brown

Wide Receiver #12
ADP:Round: 8, Pick: 9
Team: Buffalo Bills
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 179 lb.
College:Pittsburg State
Born:April 3, 1990
Drafted:2014 / Rd. 3 (91)
Draft Team:ARZ

John Brown: QB says Diggs will help

Quarterback Josh Allen said this week that Brown's production will be helped and not hurt by addition of Stefon Diggs this offseason, The Buffalo News reports. "I think this is going to give them an opportunity to have more chances to catch the ball," Allen said on Sirius XM NFL Radio. "They had career years and everybody talking about the addition of Stefon Diggs will hurt their value. I think it's the other way around. John was a 1,000-yard receiver last year. Man-to-man, he's extremely tough to cover."

Analysis: It's not like the young, media-savvy quarterback is going to say, "You know, I'm going to thrown so many passes to Diggs that John's production just won't be what it was," but Allen has a point. Brown , who had a career-high 1,060 receiving yards in 2019, is quite difficult to cover 1-on-1 and with Diggs around opposing defenses are going to have to pick their poison. That said, the Bills still like to run the ball and play great defense, so it seems tough to envision two 1,000-yard receivers even though the offense should be improved. Brown, who was incredibly consistent last season with 13 games of 50-plus receiving yards, may end up being a little more hot-and-cold than 2019, depending how Buffalo's opponents tend to cover the two fine wideouts. So while the overall yardage may be tough to eclipse, we could see Brown topping last year's two 100-plus games and some home run balls from his strong-armed quarterback. Brown will also have to compete for looks with Cole Beasley, tight end Dawson Knox and running back Devin Singletary.

June 27, 2020 10:56 PM EST

John Brown: Crowded house?

Brown will work with Stephon Diggs as the starting wideout tandem after the Bills traded away a large haul of draft picks to acquire the former Minnesota receiver this week.

Analysis: While in theory Diggs could draw much attention away from the speedy Brown, who served as the team's clear-cut No. 1 receiver last season, Diggs is certain to get a large number of looks himself. To a lessor extent, Cole Beasley, running back Devin Singletary and tight end Dawson Knox also need to get the ball. For a team that prefers to run the ball more than most, it may end up being tough for Brown to replicate his 72-1,060-6 line from 2019. We don't see a significant drop-off coming, but much of Brown's value last season came from week-to-week consistency. That could change now that there may be weeks where Diggs steals the show.

March 21, 2020 11:44 PM EST

John Brown: Throws for touchdown in loss

Brown had four receptions (eight targets) for 50 yards and threw a 16-yard touchdown pass in Saturday's 22-19 playoff loss to Houston.

Analysis: Brown had a modest game aside from the passing touchdown via a trick play on the opening drive (his second passing score this year). The veteran wideout finished the regular season as the Bills' top receiving option, posting his first 1,000-yard season since 2015 (72 receptions for 1,060 yards and seven total touchdowns). Brown just completed the first year of a three-year, $27 million contract, and his resurgence as legitimate starting wide receiver should make him one of Josh Allen's most-trusted options in 2020.

January 4, 2020 6:25 PM EST

John Brown: Won't play Sunday

Brown is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Analysis: As is Cole Beasley, with the Bills resting several key players, which sets the stage for Isaiah McKenzie, Robert Foster and Duke Williams to handle the team's Week 17 wideout duties.

December 29, 2019 8:42 AM EST

John Brown: May not play full finale

Although he was referring to quarterback Josh Allen, Bills coach Sean McDermott implied that Brown and other starters could be rested in the finale against the Jets, The Buffalo News reports.

Analysis: The team is locked into the No. 5 spot in the AFC, while Brown is probably the most important offensive player after Allen. We'd be surprised if he plays anywhere close to a full game. McDermott even acknowledged opposing defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' reputation for not going easy on the other team.

December 24, 2019 11:20 AM EST

John Brown: Connects for long touchdown

Brown hauled in only one of his four targets for 53 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 loss to the Patriots. He also added one rush for three yards.

Analysis: Brown failed to record multiple receptions in a game for the first time this season. However, he made his one catch worthwhile, beating Stephon Gilmore deep for a 53-yard touchdown halfway through the third quarter. Having already set career-best marks in receptions and receiving yards, Brown will look to end the 2019 regular season on a positive note against the Jets in Week 17.

December 21, 2019 5:19 PM EST

John Brown: Gains 99 yards in win

Brown had seven catches (10 targets) for 99 yards in Sunday's 17-10 victory over the Steelers.

Analysis: Brown returned to looking like a WR1 following a couple weeks of mediocrity. The speedy wideout reached double-digit targets for the fifth time this season, making him Josh Allen's most-trusted receiving threat. Brown will carry a new career high of 1,007 receiving yards into Saturday's critical matchup against the Patriots.

December 15, 2019 9:33 PM EST

John Brown: Struggles to produce vs. Ravens

Brown caught three of eight targets for 26 yards during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Ravens.

Analysis: Brown tied for the team lead in targets but hauled in just 38 percent of his looks against a tough Baltimore secondary. When he did catch the ball, Brown struggled to make significant headway outside his long gain of 18 yards. Among the league leaders in receiving yards just three weeks ago, the speedster has totaled just 91 yards over his last three games. He'll look to get back on track next Sunday against the Steelers.

December 8, 2019 3:55 PM EST

John Brown: Tosses surprising TD pass

Brown caught three of four targets for 26 yards and completed his only pass attempt for a 28-yard touchdown to Devin Singletary in Thursday's 26-15 win over the Cowboys.

Analysis: The wide receiver had never attempted a pass in a game before, dating back to his college days, but Brown threw a perfect spiral to a wide-open Singletary after taking a pitch on a fake reverse. It's a little concerning that Brown has seen only eight targets over the last two games combined, but he's still Josh Allen's No. 1 option in the passing game, and game flow may have played a factor in this one as the Bills led most of the way. Expect Brown to be more involved as a receiver in next week's clash with the Ravens.

November 28, 2019 5:19 PM EST

John Brown: Salvages day with long touchdown

Brown caught two of four targets for 39 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 20-3 win over Denver.

Analysis: The Broncos had bottled Brown up for most of Sunday afternoon heading into the fourth quarter when, facing second and long, Brown burned his man up the sideline for a diving 34-yard touchdown. The play showed what makes Brown such a reliable fantasy contributor as he only need a catch or two to put together a solid performance. Nearly a quarter of his receptions this season have gone for at least 20 yards and he has found the end zone thrice in his past two outings. After salvaging a tough matchup against Denver, Brown will have a quick turnaround and face another top-10 pass defense Thursday in Dallas.

November 24, 2019 2:26 PM EST

John Brown: Enjoys career-game

Brown caught nine of 14 passes for 137 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 37-20 win over Miami.

Analysis: After a pair of first-quarter field goals, Brown finally got Buffalo into the end zone early in the second quarter, streaking up the side line and making his man miss after the catch for a 40-yard touchdown. He snagged a second touchdown off of a tipped pass in the fourth quarter. The performance featured Brown's third-highest yardage total of his career and only the second multi-score game of his career. It topped previous season highs in targets, catches, yards, and touchdowns as he topped 100 yards for the first time since Week 1. Next up is a top-five Denver pass defense that was burned by Minnesota late in Week 11.

November 17, 2019 2:36 PM EST

John Brown: Full-go for Week 7

Brown (groin) practiced fully Friday following two limited sessions and does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Analysis: Brown, who leads the Bills in receiving yardage at 390 as well as yards per target at 10.00 (minimum 10 targets), looks to be mostly past the injury and ready to go for what looks to be a very fantasy-friendly matchup.

October 18, 2019 11:58 AM EST

John Brown: Second straight limited work

Brown (groin) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday.

Analysis: Since the Bills have been taking it easy on a number of players during and coming out of the bye, we'd imagine Brown should be good for this week's game against the Dolphins, though a full practice Friday would provide more certainly to those planning on using the veteran in a juicy matchup.

October 17, 2019 1:02 PM EST

John Brown: Second straight limited work

Brown (groin) practiced on a limited basis for the second straight day Thursday.

Analysis: Since the Bills have been taking it easy on a number of players during and coming out of the bye, we'd imagine Brown should be good for this week's game against the Dolphins, though a full practice Friday would provide more certainly to those planning on using the veteran in a juicy matchup.

October 17, 2019 1:02 PM EST

John Brown: Listed as limited Wednesday

Brown (groin) was limited at practice Wednesday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic speculates that since coach Sean McDermott didn't previously mention the possibility of Brown being limited, that it's conceivable "something happened (to the wideout) mid-session" Wednesday. The Bills, who are coming off their bye week, face the Dolphins at home Sunday.

October 16, 2019 12:51 PM EST

John Brown: Gains 75 yards in win

Brown caught all five of his targets for 75 total yards during Sunday's 14-7 win over the Titans.

Analysis: Brown had gone back-to-back games without reaching 70 total yards after 200 total yards in his first two games, but refound his groove Sunday despite playing against a stingy Titans defense. Heading into the bye, Brown is either tied or setting the team lead in catches, targets, and yards. He'll have a chance to add to his 13.9-yards-per-catch average in Week 7 against a Miami defense surrendering that same rate, third worst in the league.

October 6, 2019 1:52 PM EST

John Brown: Totals 69 yards as QB injured

Brown caught five of 11 targets for 69 yards in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Brown has kicked off the 2019 campaign with four consecutive games over 50 yards receiving. He could be catching passes from backup Matt Barkley in Week 5 against the Titans, as starting quarterback Josh Allen was knocked out of the game with a concussion. On the bright side, Barkley threw for 127 yards in just under a quarter after coming into this one, suggesting Brown's production shouldn't be significantly impacted by which option the Bills trot out under center moving forward.

September 29, 2019 2:58 PM EST

John Brown: Modest influence in Week 3 win

Brown caught four of five targets for 51 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals. He also carried once for four yards.

Analysis: Brown caught seven balls in each of the team's first two games, so his 4-51-0 line Sunday represented his worst outing as a Bill. Still, if that's where Brown's floor is going to reside then he's in for a nice season. He's seen 23 targets through three games -- the same as fellow starter Cole Beasley -- while Zay Jones has just 10 and Robert Foster has three.

September 22, 2019 10:51 PM EST

John Brown: Another seven-catch effort

Brown caught seven of eight targets for 72 yards in Sunday's 28-14 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Brown failed to get free deep -- his longest catch went for 17 yards -- but he was heavily involved in the offense throughout and led the team in targets and catches while coming up 11 yards short of Cole Beasley's team-leading total. Quarterback Josh Allen has improved as a passer in Year 2, having topped 250 yards in each of this season's first two games after failing to reach that mark last season, and Brown stands to be the biggest beneficiary of that improvement after latching on with the Bills in free agency.

September 15, 2019 3:09 PM EST

John Brown: Catches winning TD in fourth

Brown caught seven of 10 targets for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 17-16 win over the Jets.

Analysis: Brown was a downfield difference-maker all game, and his 38-yard touchdown with three minutes left completed Buffalo's comeback from a 16-0 deficit. Quarterback Josh Allen has a cannon for an arm, so Brown's field-stretching ability should come into play often this season. Brown looks like the new top target in Buffalo, but whether Allen can consistently deliver an accurate ball to Brown is another matter.

September 8, 2019 3:36 PM EST

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