Brown may need to take on a larger role in the Cardinals offense to begin the upcoming season after DeAndre Hopkins was suspended six games Monday for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Lindsay Jones of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Arizona made a splash on Day 1 of the 2022 Draft when it acquired Brown and a third-round pick for the team's first-rounder. He was slated to operate with Hopkins and A.J. Green at wide receiver in the base offense, but Brown now should assume No. 1 duties as of Week 1 of the campaign. Brown is coming off the first 1,000-yard season of his pro career in 2021 and previously worked with quarterback Kyler Murray at Oklahoma in 2018, compiling a 75-1,318-10 line in a high-powered scheme. With Hopkins out of the picture for six contests, Brown's primary competition for targets will be Green, Rondale Moore and Antoine Wesley at wide receiver, tight ends Zach Ertz and rookie second-round selection Trey McBride and top running back James Conner.
May 5, 2022 7:14 PM EST
GM Steve Keim said the Cardinals will exercise the fifth-year option on Brown's rookie contract after acquiring the wide receiver in a draft-day trade with the Ravens on Thursday, Darren Urban of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: As part of the exchange, Baltimore received the 23rd overall pick in this year's draft, while Arizona gained the speedy Brown and pick No. 100 on Friday. Brown has experience playing with Kyler Murray at Oklahoma, and the former is coming off a three-year stretch in which he upped his catch and yardage totals each season, culminating with a 91-1,008-6 line on 146 targets in 2021. With the Cards, Brown joins a group of wide receivers that boasts DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore, along with tight end Zach Ertz and running back James Conner.
Apr 28, 2022 9:26 PM EST
The Ravens dealt Brown and a 2022 third-round pick to the Cardinals for the 23rd overall selection in this year's draft, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: The Cardinals added another big-play threat to its receiving corps, but instead of bringing in a rookie via the draft they're reuniting Brown with college teammate Kyler Murray. While working together at Oklahoma in 2018, Brown was among Murray's top wideouts en route to the latter winning the Heisman Trophy. Since then, Brown was a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2019, increasing his catch and yardage totals in each of his three pro campaigns. Last year, he wrangled 91 of 146 passes for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns in 16 games. With the move to Arizona, Brown joins a skill-position group that features DeAndre Hopkins, James Conner, Zach Ertz, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore, among others.
Apr 28, 2022 7:01 PM EST
General manager Eric DeCosta said Friday he expects the Ravens to pick up Brown's fifth-year option, Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sunreports.
Analysis: Baltimore will need to make a decision on Brown's fifth-year option by May, and picking up the deal would keep the speedy wideout in house through 2023. Though Brown did lose steam in terms of production down the stretch of the 2021 campaign, he spent much of that time operating with Tyler Huntley under center instead of Lamar Jackson (ankle), and also battled injuries of his own. A more optimistic perspective of Brown's third-year efforts, which saw him surpass 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career, could argue that the 24-year-old looked like a legitimate No. 1 option during the first half of the year. Through the first nine contests Brown exceeded the century mark three times and caught six touchdowns.
Feb 4, 2022 7:16 AM EST
Brown brought in three of seven targets for 27 yards in the Ravens' 16-13 overtime loss to the Steelers on Sunday.
Analysis: Brown was a distant second to Mark Andrews in receptions, receiving yards and targets on the afternoon to close out the campaign rather quietly. The third-year speedster did manage to get over 1,000 receiving yards for the first time in his career with Sunday's production, finishing at 1,008 alongside 91 receptions over 16 games. Brown's campaign did close with back-to-back three-reception efforts, but considering he played with Tyler Huntley and not Lamar Jackson (ankle) in those contests, the downturn is largely explainable.
Jan 9, 2022 4:01 PM EST
Brown (ankle) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Steelers.
Analysis: The speedy wideout returned to a full practice Friday after missing Thursday's session, which sets the stage for him to suit up this weekend. In the process, Brown will once again be catching passes from QB Tyler Huntley, with Lamar Jackson (ankle) ruled out by the Ravens. Brown is coming off a Week 17 effort in which he caught three of his eight targets for 28 yards in a loss to the Rams.
Jan 7, 2022 12:07 PM EST
Brown (ankle) missed practice Thursday.
Analysis: Brown practiced fully Wednesday, so his status is now worth monitoring as Sunday's game against the Steelers approaches. Unless the speedy wideout practices fully Friday, however, he'll likely head into the weekend with a Week 18 injury designation.
Jan 6, 2022 1:44 PM EST
Brown caught three passes for 28 yards on eight targets against the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: It's been a brutal month for Brown, who's seen 39 targets over his last four games yet has just 156 yards to show for it. Tyler Huntley doesn't have much downfield ability as a passer, so that has likely made it tougher to get Brown involved, and in the case of this game it's possible that Brown's effectiveness suffered in light of missing practice with an illness earlier in the week. It might be difficult for Brown to produce if Lamar Jackson (ankle) sits out again in Week 18, but hopefully Brown at least has a full week of practice to prepare himself either way.
Jan 2, 2022 2:31 PM EST
Brown (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Rams.
Analysis: The Ravens tagged Brown as questionable for the Week 17 contest after he was unable to practice Thursday and Friday while battling a non-COVID-19-related illness, but the wideout made enough progress leading into Sunday's game to avoid inactive status. Though he's not expected to face any limitations against Los Angeles, Brown will likely draw shadow coverage from star Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey for most of the contest. In addition to being followed by Ramsey, Brown will have to make do without Lamar Jackson (ankle) for the third week in a row. In each of the previous three games with either Tyler Huntley or Josh Johnson under center, Brown has produced a 20-128-0 receiving line on 31 targets.
Jan 2, 2022 8:48 AM EST
Brown (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Rams after missing practice Thursday and Friday.
Analysis: Brown's status is thus worth closely monitoring, though fortunately for those considering him in Week 17 fantasy lineups, the Ravens kick off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If he ends up out or limited this weekend, added opportunities would be available for Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman, as well as Devin Duvernay (ankle), if he's made active versus Los Angeles.
Dec 31, 2021 2:35 PM EST
Brown (illness) wasn't present for Friday's practice, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Back-to-back practice absences recorded by the wideout are concerning, though it remains to be seen how the team lists his his Week 17 availability. Added clarity with regard to Brown's chances of suiting up Sunday against the Rams should arrive upon the posting of the Ravens' final Friday injury report and/or transactions.
Dec 31, 2021 9:12 AM EST
Brown didn't practice Thursday due to an illness.
Analysis: Brown was a full practice participant Wednesday, so his absence Thursday is notable. At this stage, it's unclear if the wideout's illness could impact his availability for Sunday's game against the Rams, but a return to the field, in any capacity, on the part of Brown on Friday would be reassuring to those considering him in Week 17 fantasy lineups.
Dec 30, 2021 3:53 PM EST
Brown caught five passes for 44 yards on nine targets against Cincinnati on Sunday.
Analysis: As the Ravens' smallest receiver Brown is the easiest one for a quarterback to miss, and he tends to suffer when playing with a quarterback who struggles to throw downfield. Lamar Jackson definitely has more of an inclination to throw deep than Tyler Huntley (illness) or Sunday's starter Josh Johnson, so it's not terribly surprising that Brown's efficiency fell off with that change at quarterback. It's not clear who will be taking snaps for the Ravens when they face the Rams in Week 17.
Dec 26, 2021 2:35 PM EST
Brown caught 10 of 14 targets for 43 yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Packers.
Analysis: Brown was fill-in quarterback Tyler Huntley's release valve underneath, racking up the receptions but going for minimal average yardage. In fact, the speedster's longest reception went for just seven yards. While it certainly wasn't Brown's most explosive outing, his consistent involvement actually saw him turn in his first regular-season performance with double-digit catches of his career. That accomplishment helped Brown's stock Sunday, but potentially getting starting quarterback Lamar Jackson (ankle) back in Week 16 versus the Bengals could elevate his fantasy ceiling.
Dec 19, 2021 5:50 PM EST
Brown (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: The Ravens will thus have their top wideout available for Sunday's contest, but he'll be catching passes from Tyler Huntley, with Lamar Jackson (ankle) not available to start. Brown nonetheless figures to see his share of Week 15 targets, as he'll continue to head a Baltimore wide receiving corps that will be minus Sammy Watkins (reserve/COVID-19 list). Through 12 games, Brown has logged a 70-866-6 stat line on 107 targets.
Dec 19, 2021 12:04 PM EST
Brown (illness), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brown was listed as limited on Friday's practice estimate, but the Ravens held a walk-through rather than actually practicing. Still, he returned after a non-COVID illness kept Brown from practicing Thursday. Schefter's report continues the encouraging trend, but check Brown's status before the 4:25 PM ET kickoff.
Dec 18, 2021 11:00 PM EST
Brown (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Jamison Hensley of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Brown was listed as limited on Friday's practice estimate, but the Ravens held a walk-through rather than actually practicing. Still, that's a step in the right direction after a non-COVID illness kept Brown from practicing Thursday. If he suits up, which quarterback will be throwing Brown the ball won't be determined until shortly before game-time, as Lamar Jackson (ankle) is listed as questionable after failing to practice in any capacity throughout the week.
Dec 17, 2021 1:36 PM EST
Brown (illness) returned to practice Friday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The wideout's return to practice Friday after missing Thursday's session bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Packers. The Ravens' upcoming injury report will reveal whether Brown heads into the weekend with a designation or cleared for Week 15 action.
Dec 17, 2021 9:18 AM EST
Brown missed Thursday's practice due to an illness, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Brown's status will thus need to be monitored as Sunday's game against the Packers approaches. The wideout was a full participant in practice Wednesday, but his absence Thursday places the focus on what -- if anything -- he's able to do during Friday's session.
Dec 16, 2021 3:01 PM EST
Brown had five receptions (eight targets) for 41 yards in Sunday's 24-22 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Backup quarterback Tyler Huntley took over for Lamar Jackson early in the contest after Baltimore's star and leader had to be carted off with an apparent ankle injury. Mark Andrews and Rashod Bateman both eclipsed the century mark in receiving yards, but Brown was unable to break loose with either quarterback under center. The speedy wideout is in a bit of funk, averaging just 46 yards with no touchdowns over his last four contests. Hollywood is still on pace to break the 1,000-yard mark with 866 yards through 12 games this season.
Dec 12, 2021 3:21 PM EST
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