John Brown

Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #12
Las Vegas Raiders
Wide Receiver #12
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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

Blanked in wild-card round win

Brown failed to catch any of his four targets in Saturday's 27-24 wild-card round win over the Colts.

Analysis: Buffalo was able to advance despite Brown's dud. The veteran receiver battled through an injury-riddled regular season but seemed to be healing up down the stretch, so this goose egg was unexpected. He still tied for third on the team in targets and will look to redeem himself in the AFC divisional round next week.

Jan 9, 2021 2:35 PM EST

Finds end zone in return

Brown caught all four of his targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 56-26 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Brown scored his third touchdown of the season from 32 yards out late in the first half. The explosive wide receiver battled through knee and ankle injuries this season but was effective when healthy, topping 70 yards in five of nine games played. A healthy Brown will be key to Buffalo's hopes in the postseason, and he appears to be all systems go heading into next week's wild-card round after coming off both IR and the reserve/COVID-19 list. Brown finishes the regular season with 33 catches for 458 yards and three touchdowns.

Jan 3, 2021 2:25 PM EST

Rejoins active roster

Brown (undisclosed) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: The 30-year-old was activated from injured reserve at the start of the week and immediately landed on the COVID-19 list, but he's now back on the active roster. Brown rejoins the Bills for the final game of the regular season and has 29 receptions for 386 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.

Jan 1, 2021 7:13 AM EST

Moves to COVID-19 list from IR

Brown (ankle) was activated from injured reserve Monday but has now been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown and two practice squad members -- Christian Wade and Josh Thomas -- have been placed on the list as close contacts to Bills running back T.J. Yeldon, who was placed on the reserve/Covid-19 on Sunday after testing positive. Brown will obviously not be returning for the Monday night matchup with the Patriots, while Gabriel Davis should once again see extra looks in what's proven to be a potent offense for most of the season, even without last year's leading receiver for much of it, as Brown has only played eight games to date, and some of those have been partial appearances.

Dec 28, 2020 1:57 PM EST

Off IR, but heads to COVID list

The Bills activated Brown (ankle) from IR ahead of Monday's game against the Patriots, but he has been subsequently placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Analysis: Brown appears as though he's physically healthy enough to have played Monday, but he'll be forced to sit out the divisional contest after being determined a close contact to T.J. Yeldon (illness), who was placed on the COVID-19 list Sunday. For at least one more game, Gabriel Davis will start alongside Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in three-receiver sets.

Dec 28, 2020 1:51 PM EST

Not expected to play Monday

The Bills are not expected to activate Brown (ankle) from IR in time for Monday's road game against the Patriots, Jeremy Fowler of reports.

Analysis: Brown resumed practicing Dec. 15, but it sounds as though he has a better chance to retake the field Week 17 than during Monday night's divisional matchup. If Brown indeed remains out Monday, Gabriel Davis will continue to work alongside Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in three-receiver sets. Brown hasn't seen the field since Week 10.

Dec 28, 2020 12:54 PM EST

Could be activated for Week 16

Brown (ankle), who remains on IR, is eligible to return to action in Week 16, so as long as the Bills add him to their active roster by 4 p.m. ET on Monday, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 Buffalo reports.

Analysis: If so, he'd be available to suit up for Monday Night's game against the Patriots. With that in mind, Capaccio suggests that the team's released of wideout Jake Kumerow on Thursday "may be a precursor to creating a roster spot" for Brown, who last saw game action in Week 10.

Dec 25, 2020 12:13 PM EST

Won't play Week 15

Bills head coach Sean McDermott said Thursday that Brown (ankle) won't be activated from injured reserve ahead of Saturday's game against the Broncos.

Analysis: Since Brown has been on IR for the Bills' last three games, the wideout would have first been eligible to return to the active roster this week, but he apparently still needs more time to get his conditioning back in order. The fact that the Bills cleared Brown to practice Tuesday is at least tangible sign that he's made progress in his recovery from the right ankle injury, and he'll now look to ramp up his activity over the next week with the hope of returning to the lineup for Buffalo's Dec. 28 matchup with the Patriots.

Dec 17, 2020 7:09 AM EST

Designated to return

The Bills designated Brown (ankle) to return from injured reserve Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The Bills' upcoming game Saturday in Denver will coincide exactly with three weeks on IR for Brown, so the team may be anticipating activating him from the list for that contest. In any case, he'll now join his teammates for drills with the aim to return this weekend. When on the field this season, Brown has averaged 8.0 YPT and 13.3 yards per catch while scoring two touchdowns on his 48 targets across eight appearances.

Dec 15, 2020 2:34 PM EST

Return to practice on tap

Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Brown (ankle) will resume practicing this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown has missed three straight games, as his placement on IR necessitated, but he'll be eligible to return to action as early as Saturday's game in Denver. It remains to be seen whether the starting wideout is actually healthy enough to play on a short week, but in any case a return to practice would represent tangible progress. Brown has only suited up for eight games this season.

Dec 14, 2020 1:52 PM EST

Set to miss third straight game

Brown (ankle) remains on IR as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches.

Analysis: The wideout was placed on IR back on Nov. 28, so he's set to miss a third straight game Sunday. That said, Brown is eligible to return to action as soon as Week 15, though at this stage it's unclear if that's in the cards. Look for further context on his status to arrive no later than next week, when the Bills prepare for their Dec. 19 tilt versus Denver.

Dec 10, 2020 3:44 PM EST

Lands on IR

Brown (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Saturday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: It looks as if the Week 11 injury Brown suffered was much more than a "tweak" as the 30-year-old wideout will be out a minimum of three weeks with this designation. The Bills called up Jake Kumerow from the practice squad in a corresponding move, but expect the likes of Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley to be the main catalysts in a Bills passing attack.

Nov 28, 2020 1:06 PM EST

Out Week 12

Brown (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Chargers, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: The 30-year-old has been unable to practice this week after tweaking his ankle during last week's loss to the Cardinals, and he'll be sidelined for at least one contest. Rookie Gabriel Davis is poised for an increased role this weekend with Brown sidelined.

Nov 27, 2020 6:58 AM EST

Listed as non-participant Thursday

Brown (ankle) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate.

Analysis: After Brown didn't practice Wednesday, the focus now shifts to what he's able to do, if anything, during Friday's session. The wideout injured his ankle late in the Bills' Week 10 loss to the Cardinals, so his status bears attention in advance of this Sunday's game against the Chargers.

Nov 26, 2020 10:24 AM EST

To miss Wednesday's session

Brown (ankle) will not practice Wednesday, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports.

Analysis: While Brown has missed a lot of practice time this season due to various issues, it's perhaps more cause for concern this time around since he injured his ankle late in the team's last game and still had an entire bye week to recover. Brown is no stranger to playing through pain, so we'll see if he can get out there Thursday or Friday ahead of Buffalo's Week 12 matchup against the Chargers.

Nov 25, 2020 8:47 AM EST

Not spotted during workout

Brown (ankle) was not seen doing work with his teammates Tuesday, per Bills reporter Maddy Glab on her OneBillsLive appearance.

Analysis: The Bills didn't have an official practice Tuesday so there won't be an injury report as the team gets back to work following the bye. We'll see Wednesday if Buffalo is just managing Brown carefully -- as has often been the case this season -- or if he's at risk of not playing Sunday after tweaking his ankle in the Week 9 loss to Arizona.

Nov 24, 2020 12:09 PM EST

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