Potential Patriots free agent target: John Brown

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February 25, 2019 - 11:32 am
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By Mateo Aycardi

Over the next few weeks, WEEI.com will take a look at a number of free agents who the Patriots could potentially target. Free agency officially begins March 13. Here's a link to previous capsules.

Name: John Brown

Age: 28 

Position: Wide Receiver

2018 stats: 42 receptions, 715 yards, five touchdowns

The skinny: Brown’s tenure as a member of the Cardinals was riddled with highs and lows. In his second season, Brown posted a career high 1,003 receiving yards and helped propel Arizona to the NFC championship game. His dominance wouldn’t last long though. After enjoying some success, Brown’s time on the field was riddled with injuries. He was diagnosed with sickle cell trait in 2016, which meant he wouldn’t bounce back from injuries the same way others might. Additionally, Brown was diagnosed with a cyst in his spine which caused him much pain. He had that drained in 2016 as well.

After riding out his time in Arizona, Brown focused on getting back on his feet when he settled on a one-year, $5 million dollar contract with the Ravens last offseason. Brown excelled in his first season in Baltimore, finishing with 42 catches for 715 yards and five touchdowns.

Why he's a fit for Patriots: Brown’s production in 2018 shows he can still be a reliable asset if surrounded by the right situation. In New England, Brown would be surrounded by winners and some of the best at enhancing talent in the entire NFL. He would also help the Patriots as a deep weapon threat by providing them with a speedy option alongside Julian Edelman. In his five seasons in the league, Brown has posted receptions of 75, 68, and 71 yards.

While he shouldn't be considered the only free agent the Patriots should keep an eye on, he does boast some qualities that might make him a fit in Bill Belichick’s system. Furthermore, his ideal role would be a third option, leaving the Patriots with some time to figure out the plan prior to the 2019 NFL draft.

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