by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Kent Somers recently tweeted:
“Jaron Brown has to play more earlier in games. Producing. Michael Floyd isn’t.”
It may not be groundbreaking analysis, but it’s something that certainly makes sense. Just look at the numbers for the Cardinals’ wide receivers through the first three weeks of the season:
- Larry Fitzgerald – 20 receptions on 32 targets (62.5%)
- Michael Floyd – 9 receptions on 24 targets (37.5%)
- John Brown – 8 receptions on 18 targets (44.4%)
- Jaron Brown – 6 receptions on 10 targets (60.0%)
Given those numbers it’s fair to wonder if it’s Carson Palmer who is really the problem. It’s not like Floyd is the only unproductive receiver, with John Brown also failing to convert many of his opportunities. Both were significantly better last season, with Palmer at QB, so it makes sense to try and fix the problem as opposed to making sweeping changes.
At the same time the Cardinals are 1-2 and in desperate need of a spark, wherever that should come. With Floyd working his way back from a concussion and no guarantee to play this could be Jaron Brown’s opportunity to make a statement. The fourth year receiver has never caught more than 22 passes in a season, after going undrafted out of Clemson, but after winning the fourth receiver job he should be first up to get an opportunity.
He’s coming off a “big” game, turning 6 targets into 3 receptions and 49 yards. This week also wouldn’t represent an easy matchup, taking on the Rams, though they have allowed 574 yards to opposing wide receivers (eighth most in the league).
At this point Brown, who also never posted gaudy numbers in college, is more of a player to monitor. That said, this week could easily be his coming out party so those who are in deeper formats and need some wide receiver depth could be proactive. We all know that Arizona’s offense can be explosive, and if the opportunity is going to come there’s a chance Brown emerges as a weekly viable WR3/4.