Jaron Brown and Friday before the Texans

Posted by Darren Urban on August 8, 2014 – 3:36 pm

It’s been hard not to notice that wide receiver named Brown during training camp. Then again, Jaron Brown has had a year under his belt to know what to do.

Sure, rookie John Brown is the breakout-star-in-the-making. And he’ll be on the roster. Jaron Brown, the 2013 undrafted man out of Clemson, has more of a fight on his hands. But this last week seemed to show that this J. Brown likely ends up on the roster as well. Part of it had to do with prepping for the Texans game, since Jaron will be part of that second group that figures to play a lot Saturday. He definitely has found a rapport with backup quarterback Drew Stanton. It felt like he was making a two to three nice plays a practice (including a couple of nice grabs Thursday, as you can see below). Better yet, Bruce Arians loves the fact that Brown not only plays special teams, but is big and rugged enough at 6-2, 205 to stick his nose in the middle of kickoff coverage.

Jaron Brown had a nice preseason last year as well, which got him on the team. He’s showing up again. Assuming Jaron Brown doesn’t get hurt, he seems to be playing from ahead for that spot on the 53.

— If Jaron Brown looks like the leader for the fifth receiver job, where does that leave others? Brittan Golden hasn’t been bad either, but after the Cardinals added Ted Ginn and John Brown, his speed is less needed. Sixth-round draft pick Walt Powell also has been solid with good hands. Perhaps he’s a practice-squad target. The Cardinals are not going to be able to keep them all.

— The Texans aren’t going to play wide receiver Andre Johnson or running back Arian Foster Saturday. Whether No. 1 overall draft pick Jadaveon Clowney plays seems to be up in the air. Clowney, dealing with an undisclosed injury, seems to think he will start. Texans coach Bill O’Brien refuses to commit to Clowney playing. Who says there’s no drama in the preseason.

— The starters are going to get about 15 plays, maybe two possessions. I would guess it will be determined by the success of the first possession for both sides of the ball. That’ll open up the vast majority of the playing time for the second- and third-units. Logan Thomas is going to play the last chunk of the game, and after his camp thus far — he’s gotten almost all of the third-team reps since camp opened — it’ll be a big test.

— Players to watch in the game? I’ll be curious to see how Bobby Massie looks at right tackle and how John Brown fits. I want to see how guard Jonathan Cooper does against someone who isn’t Calais Campbell. I want to see backup offensive linemen Max Starks — who has an inside track to the roster if he shows well — and Earl Watford. I want to see Justin Bethel at cornerback, Kevin Minter as he begins his starting role and rookies like Deone Bucannon and Kareem Martin on defense.

Mostly, I want to see zero injuries. In the end, that’s really the most important part of the preseason.

— Speaking of preseason, here’s a link to the reminders if you are going to the game. It is a sellout, so it will be televised on local TV, on ABC-15.

— The Cardinals will be off Sunday and back at (open) practice Monday at University of Phoenix Stadium.


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13 Responses to “Jaron Brown and Friday before the Texans”

  1. By Chris B on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    YES! The first “Friday Before”. I’ve missed you.

    Darren, you should let me do a ‘guest’ Friday before’. Think about it.

  2. By Mike G on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Darren–Hope all is well! Looking forward to some pre-season games. We will see which players shine but you ended your article above with the most important thing.—No Injuries! These games really don’t matter much to me because there is little or no game planning. Players have to come out of this with no major injuries. None of this ACL or MCL stuff!!

  3. By br in nc on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Has it been confirmed that Justin Bethel will be taking snaps at CB? Hopefully he will get a majority of the time at CB, as well, I hope if there is any position battles still truly up for grabs, we will get to see those players splitting the majority of the time (or at least you local fans will get to see it on TV, those of us on the other end of the country, no such luck!) since we all know Fitz & Floyd are locks at WR, limit them to a series, let the others play the rest of the game!!!

  4. By Smack28 on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    Most important – NO INJURIES!!!! You are right on the money there.

  5. By Cards4Ever on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    The first of 23 “Friday before” you’ll be writing this year, Darren 😉

  6. By CreditCard on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    The receiver I didn’t understand the Cards obtaining is Ted Ginn. Sure he is fast, but has a history of fumblitis. The Panthers had no interest in him (BTW the Panther receiving core is a t best suspect).

    We’ll see on how the preseason pans out. If smoky Brown keeps gaining strides and plays above a rookie status, I would guess, T Ginn might be released in order to keep Jaron Brown and Powell.

  7. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    CreditCard —

    RE: Ginn

    But they signed Ginn before the draft. What if they don’t draft Brown, or he doesn’t do as well as he has done? They needed a Ginn.

    As for the Panthers, “Ginn was considered a top priority for the Panthers in free agency along with now-Steelers safety Mike Mitchell.”

  8. By Magyver on Aug 8, 2014 | Reply

    This game isn’t about winning or losing. Like you said, the goal is to get out of it injury free.

    The secondary goal will happen regardless, that of giving the rookies the chance to make the roster. Over 40% of them won’t make it, and that’s a shame.

  9. By rod on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    How long do the Oline starters stay in I forgot…usually the first half right?

  10. By Darren Urban on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    Rod —

    RE: OLine

    They will play about 15 plays.

  11. By sbrown on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply

    been out to UoP four times to watch Cards Camp, we call the two Browns either “12 Brown” or “13 Brown”, IMO they both have had good camps. Coming out of this game with all players injury free is first and foremost !
    this is the start of something special here in the desert..can not wait…Go Cards !

  12. By Dynosoar on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply


    That was the perfect observation. 23 Friday before’s!

    I was listening to the “Why not us” commentaries and videos from NFL and on this site and my question is slightly different. Given what I’ve seen so far this offseason I’m asking, why anybody else?

    With Michael Bidwill’s dedication, our coaching staff, our defense with or without Washington and Dansby and our improved offense, plus the refiners fire of playing in the toughest division, how will anybody else beat us?

    I keep asking why anybody else and come up with a slow grin and a simmering under the surface type of excitement. Phoenix is going to be as on fire next February as Seattle was last. Please Oh Please may I be right in this one and not just my optimistic self.

    Home Field Super Bowl advantage here we come. This is possible and probable. Here’s to an injury free night for both teams.

  13. By rod on Aug 9, 2014 | Reply



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