Marquise Brown

Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #5
Arizona Cardinals
Wide Receiver #5
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Marquise Brown News

Moves up depth chart

Brown has moved up the wide receiver depth chart in Arizona after the team released DeAndre Hopkins on Friday, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Due to Hopkins' six-game suspension to start last season and injury concerns for both he and Brown thereafter, the pair only suited up for four games together. With Hopkins out of the picture, Brown will kick off his second season with the Cardinals as the team's top wideout, followed by the likes of Rondale Moore, Greg Dortch, Zach Pascal and rookie third-round pick Michael Wilson. Brown also may not be working with Kyler Murray once Week 1 arrives due to the quarterback's recovery from an ACL tear suffered Dec. 12. In eight contests without Hopkins in 2022, Brown put together a 50-553-3 line on 77 targets.

May 26, 2023 1:28 PM EST

Quiet in season finale

Brown had one reception on four targets for seven yards in Sunday's 38-13 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Brown failed to take advantage of an elevated role sans DeAndre Hopkins (knee), turning in his worst fantasy performance in the final game of the regular season. The 25-year-old got off to a hot start with his new club in 2022, but injuries derailed both his and quarterback Kyler Murray's (knee) seasons. Brown finishes the campaign with a receiving line of 67-709-3 over 12 games played while catching balls from four different quarterbacks. Arizona already extended Brown's option through 2023, so Hollywood's fantasy value next season will be tied to the health and availability of his star quarterback.

Jan 8, 2023 6:20 PM EST

Six catches in loss

Brown recorded six catches on nine targets for 61 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Falcons.

Analysis: Brown didn't see an uptick in opportunity in the absence of DeAndre Hopkins (knee), though he did command at least eight targets for the fourth time in his last five games. Brown was overshadowed by Trey McBride, but he still managed lengthy receptions of 19 and 17 yards. That helped him surpass 60 receiving yards in a game for the first time since Week 6.

Jan 1, 2023 4:10 PM EST

Solid yardage total in OT loss

Brown secured three of six targets for 57 yards and rushed once for one yard in the Cardinals' 19-16 overtime loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday night.

Analysis: Brown checked in with the second-highest yardage total on the night through the air for the Cardinals while working with first-time starter Trace McSorley, a development that seemed to cap the speedster's overall production more than the groin issue he'd dealt with during the practice week. Most of Brown's production came on an impressive, contested 47-yard catch late in the third quarter that set up a field goal, helping him to his best yardage tally since he recorded 68 against the Seahawks back in Week 6. Brown will work with either McSorley or Colt McCoy (concussion) again in a Week 17 road matchup versus the Falcons, which could somewhat dull an otherwise very favorable matchup.

Dec 25, 2022 10:29 PM EST

Suiting up in Week 16

Brown (groin) is active for Sunday's game versus the Buccaneers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After his addition to the injury report Thursday, Brown wrapped up Week 16 with back-to-back capped sessions due to a groin issue, resulting in a questionable listing ahead of Sunday. It won't stop him from suiting up this weekend, but he'll be working with Trace McSorley under center with Kyler Murray (knee) on IR and Colt McCoy (concussion) unavailable. As such, Brown doesn't have an ideal setup as he looks to build upon the 57-584-3 line on 88 targets that he's put together in nine appearances this season.

Dec 25, 2022 3:54 PM EST

Gets Week 16 questionable tag

The Cardinals list Brown (groin) as questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Brown was a mid-week addition to the Cardinals' injury report, after he logged a limited practice Thursday before having his reps capped again Friday on account of the groin issue. The receiver's ability to practice in any fashion to close out Week 16 prep is a good sign, but an official word on his status for Sunday's game likely won't arrive until Arizona releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior to the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If Brown suits up, he'll be on the receiving end of passes from third-string quarterback Trace McSorley, who is picking up his first NFL start with Kyler Murray (knee) on injured reserve and with Colt McCoy (concussion) ruled out for the Week 16 game.

Dec 23, 2022 1:24 PM EST

Dealing with groin issue

Brown (groin) was a limited practice participant Thursday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Brown is a mid-week addition to the Cardinals' injury report, as he's now tending to a groin issue. After spending Weeks 7 through 11 on IR due to a foot injury, he's dealt with health concerns in back-to-back weeks, with an illness impacting his on-field work during Week 15 prep. Brown still was able to suit up this past Sunday at Denver and log a typical 92 percent share of snaps en route to four catches (on eight targets) for 19 yards. In the end, Friday's report will reveal whether or not he goes into the weekend with a designation for Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers.

Dec 22, 2022 1:28 PM EST

Struggles in loss

Brown recorded four receptions on eight targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 24-15 loss to the Broncos.

Analysis: Brown finished second on the team with eight targets, but that was the most noteworthy part of his performance. His longest reception went for only nine yards, and he managed only one reception for three yards across the final two quarters of the game. While Brown was likely hampered by playing with Arizona's second and third-string quarterbacks, he was outgained by three Arizona pass catchers. In three contests since returning from injured reserve, Brown now has 119 total yards and has yet to surpass 50 yards in a single game.

Dec 18, 2022 6:22 PM EST

Suiting up in Week 15

Brown (illness) is active for Sunday's game at Denver, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After an illness sidelined Brown from Thursday's practice, he returned as a limited participant Friday and went into the weekend with a questionable designation. Adam Schefter of ESPN reported late Saturday that Brown was in line to suit up Week 15, which has come to fruition. Brown will be on the receiving end of passes from Colt McCoy for the rest of the campaign following Kyler Murray's season-ending ACL tear. With four games to go in the regular season, Brown has reeled in 53 of 80 targets for 565 yards and three touchdowns in eight appearances, despite a rotating cast of personnel in Arizona's offense.

Dec 18, 2022 11:42 AM EST

Likely available Sunday

Brown (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Brown was a limited participant in Friday's practice which seemed to indicate this possibility. The downfield threat could be limited with the switch to backup QB Colt McCoy after the unfortunate injury to Kyler Murray (knee), but it's worth noting Brown did see eight targets in last week's loss when the veteran passer essentially played the entire game. Expect final confirmation on Brown's status to occur sometime before the 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Dec 17, 2022 9:10 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Brown (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game in Denver, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown's return to a limited practice Friday puts him on track to avoid the inactive list approximately ahead of a 4:05 ET kickoff Sunday. While not much has gone right in Arizona this year, the Cards at least have a strong WR duo in Brown and DeAndre Hopkins to help out backup QB Colt McCoy. With top cornerback Patrick Surtain likely to shadow Hopkins for at least part of the game, Brown figures to run a lot of his routes lined up across from rookie Damarri Mathis and 31-year-old K'Waun Williams (both have been solid this year, but not on Surtain's level).

Dec 16, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Returns from illness

Brown (illness) returned to practice Friday, Josh Weinfuss of reports.

Analysis: Brown missed just one practice and likely will be fine for Sunday's game in Denver. The problems for him this week are a tough Broncos secondary and the presence of backup Colt McCoy under center for Arizona instead of Kyler Murray (ACL).

Dec 16, 2022 10:01 AM EST

Comes down with illness

Brown was a non-participant at Thursday's practice due to an illness, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: After avoiding the injury report entirely Wednesday, Brown made an appearance one day later. Illnesses can be fickle, with a variety of recovery timelines, so his status will be one to watch closely as the week goes on. If Brown enters the weekend with a designation for Sunday's game at Denver, a 4:05 p.m. ET kickoff allows for less players to pivot to if he ends up inactive.

Dec 15, 2022 1:48 PM EST

Four grabs in Week 14 loss

Brown secured four of eight targets for 34 yards in the Cardinals' 27-13 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.

Analysis: Brown's numbers were naturally affected by the fact Kyler Murray exited the game on the third play of the game with what appears to be a serious knee injury. The speedster's ideal route tree lends itself much better to Murray than veteran quarterback Colt McCoy, who tends to operate much more frequently in the short and mid-range areas of the field. Brown's catch and yardage totals were his lowest since Week 1, but he'll aim to bounce back irrespective of who's under center in a Week 15 road matchup against the Broncos.

Dec 12, 2022 9:03 PM EST

Six catches in return

Brown recorded six receptions on eight targets for 46 yards in Sunday's 25-24 loss to the Chargers.

Analysis: Brown returned to action for the first time since Week 6 and immediately led Arizona in targets and receptions. His yardage total was held in check as he worked in short areas of the field. That limited him to only 5.8 yards per target while his longest reception of the day went for 13 yards. The Cardinals will now head into their Week 13 bye, though Brown should be back at near full strength by the time the team takes on New England in Week 14.

Nov 27, 2022 6:09 PM EST

Back on active roster

The Cardinals activated Brown (foot) from injured reserve Saturday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: With the anticipation over, the Cardinals finally will have the wide receiver duo of DeAndre Hopkins and Brown available in the same game for the first time this season Sunday against the Chargers. Coach Kliff Kingsbury has said that Brown likely will be on a "pitch count" of sorts in his first action since Week 6, according to Urban. Still, Brown's presence could mean for a more potent Arizona offense, as he put together a 43-485-3 line on 64 targets in the first six contests of the campaign.

Nov 26, 2022 1:15 PM EST

On track to play

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Friday he expects Brown (foot) to play Sunday against the Chargers, Tyler Drake of reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals designated Brown for return from injured reserve last Wednesday and had him out on the practice field again this week. Kingsbury did say Wednesday that the speedy wideout was likely to be on a pitch count in his first game back after missing more than a month with foot injury, but it does at least sound like Brown is on track to play. It'll essentially be official if/when the Cardinals activate him from IR on Friday/Saturday.

Nov 25, 2022 12:08 PM EST

May be limited Sunday, if active

Coach Kliff Kingsbury said Wednesday that Brown (foot) likely will be on a "pitch count" Sunday against the Chargers if the Cardinals activate him from injured reserve, Darren of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals designated Brown for return from IR last Wednesday, but he didn't do enough in practice to get back on the active roster for Monday's eventual loss to the 49ers. Now that he's taking part in drills for a second consecutive week, he may have a better shot to play Sunday, but if he's active he likely won't take on a full allotment of snaps. Arizona's receiving corps is banged-up at the moment, with Rondale Moore (groin) expected to miss Week 12 and Greg Dortch (thumb) not taking part in Wednesday's walkthrough. As a result, Brown still could make an impact working behind DeAndre Hopkins and potentially ahead of A.J. Green and Robbie Anderson if he's available and Moore and Dortch aren't.

Nov 23, 2022 5:23 PM EST

Not activated for MNF

Brown (foot) wasn't activated from injured reserve ahead of Monday night's game against the 49ers, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.

Analysis: The Cardinals designated Brown for return from injured reserve this past Wednesday, but the wideout isn't quite ready to suit up for game action and will thus target a potential return in Week 12 against the Chargers. In the meantime, look for DeAndre Hopkins -- who is listed as a questionable for Monday's game but trending toward playing -- along with Rondale Moore and A.J. Green to lead the team's Week 11 wideout corps, with Robbie Anderson and Greg Dortch also in the mix.

Nov 21, 2022 1:26 PM EST

Not expected to play Monday

Brown (foot) isn't expected to be reinstated from injured reserve ahead of Monday's game against the 49ers in Mexico City, Jordan Schultz of reports.

Analysis: Arizona will have until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to formally decide whether to add Brown to the 53-man roster for the Week 11 contest, but given that the receiver first resumed practicing this past Wednesday after missing the past four games with the left foot injury, it doesn't come as a major surprise that the team is leaning toward holding him out against the 49ers. On a positive note, Schultz relays that Brown is "feeling much better" and hopes to make his return to the lineup Week 13 against the Chargers, though his availability for that contest will hinge on how he fares during the Cardinals' next three practices. Brown's expected absence for at least one more game leaves the Cardinals with DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring), Rondale Moore, A.J. Green, Robbie Anderson and Greg Dortch as their options at receiver.

Nov 20, 2022 9:46 AM EST

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