Few gamers have jumped across the league this 12 months greater than former Buffalo Bills extensive receiver John Brown, and simply earlier than the playoffs formally kickoff, the 31-year-old veteran discovered yet one more new residence with the No. 1 crew within the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the primary to interrupt the information on Thursday, January 13. “Buccaneers signed veteran WR John Brown to the follow squad and launched RB Darwin Thompson,” Schefter tweeted.
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Becoming a member of quarterback Tom Brady and the Bucs marks the fourth crew that Brown will signal with in the course of the 2021-22 NFL season, which looks like an effective way to complete out the 12 months –becoming a member of final 12 months’s Tremendous Bowl champions, a crew that completed 13-4 in the course of the common season.
The Bucs signed Brown to be able to add extra depth on the extensive receiver place earlier than taking over the Philadelphia Eagles within the first spherical of the playoffs on Sunday, January 16. If Brown will get elevated to the energetic roster, he’ll be allowed to be a full-participant throughout Tampa Bay’s playoff run.
Unfotnatately for the Bucs, their pool of extensive receivers is dwindling simply when it issues most. Tampa Bay lately misplaced Chris Godwin to a torn ACL and lower Antonio Brown following his wild on-field outburst.
Brown, over his seven-year profession within the NFL, has recorded 320 receptions for 4,748 yards and 31 receiving touchdowns.
Brown Labored Underneath Head Coach Bruce Arians Whereas a Member of the Arizona Cardinals
Brown becoming a member of the Buccaneers marks a reunion between him and head coach Bruce Arians. Brown was picked by the Arizona Cardinals because the crew’s third-round choose of the 2014 NFL Draft, throughout which Arians’ was the crew’s head coach.
The Pittsburgh State alum spent 4 seasons with the Cardinals, recording 173 catches for two,515 yards and 17 touchdowns, as reported by Buccaneers Wire.
In 2018, Brown signed with the Baltimore Ravens earlier than becoming a member of the Payments. Throughout the 2019 season, he was quarterback Josh Allen’s No. 1 receiver, setting career-high numbers with 72 catches for 1,060 yards. Final season, nevertheless, Brown fell to the No. 2 slot after the Payments signed extensive receiver Stefon Diggs, so his lower in manufacturing was anticipated. Whereas coping with accidents, Brown had one of many worst seasons of his profession, showing in simply 9 video games, tallying a meager 458 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
After the Payments let Brown go in free company, Brown signed a two-year take care of the las Vegas Raiders, however the receiver requested to be launched following the conclusion of coaching camp, and the crew acquiesced.
Brown later signed with the Denver Broncos, a brief tenure that ended the identical approach his time in Las Vegas got here to a detailed. KUSA-TV’s Mike Klis tweeted, “WR John Brown had used up his 2 follow squad elevations and with Jeudy return, Broncos weren’t going to carry Brown as much as 53. So per supply Brown requested for his launch from follow squad.”
The veteran receiver then signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars however was launched after showing in simply two video games. His time in Jacksonville was forgettable. He performed a complete of seven whole snaps throughout these video games and acquired two whole targets, however didn’t catch both of them.
Stefon Diggs Referred to as Brown ‘Underrated’ and ‘Underappreciated
In September 2020, after Diggs left the Minnesota Vikings to affix the Payments, he solely had solely the best compliments for his new teammate.
“I believe, for my part, John Brown is likely one of the most underrated receivers within the NFL,” Diggs mentioned, per Payments Wire. “He’s underappreciated as nicely. He does numerous issues extraordinarily nicely. He performs on the surface, can play on the within, he has nice arms, nice routes.”
“It’s enjoyable to play with guys like that as a result of it’s exhausting to double, it’s exhausting to do all that,” Diggs continued. “It offers the power for everyone to eat, all people to win on the surface.”