Still waiting on Smoke

Posted by Darren Urban on September 14, 2017 – 12:14 pm

Among the many things that have to concern the Cardinals right now is the ongoing iffy status of wide receiver John Brown, who is still hurting from his quad injury, missing practice this week and struggling in the second half in Detroit to not let it affect him. Smoke had four catches for 32 yards against the Lions and would have had another had Carson Palmer not one-hopped him on an easy out route during the game, a play that would’ve picked up 12 or 14 yards.

But realistically, Brown is that guy who is supposed to cause some havoc deep. He is not that guy right now and it gums up what the Cardinals would want to do. Whether he can fully recover sooner rather than later is to be determined, but whatever his malady — and it’s not the same issues he had last season — this has been rough on the Cardinals in general. Smoke is fast when he’s right. That’s missing.

The Cardinals won’t have running back David Johnson or left tackle D.J. Humphries this weekend. They might not have guard Mike Iupati (although that’s one of the reasons you sign a vet like Alex Boone.) I’m curious to see what Brown can do the remainder of the practice week. I’m guessing he will play, taking it easy in practices so he can be as ready as he can be on Sundays. But as everyone can see, full-speed Smoke is so dynamic, when he isn’t full speed, it makes an impact the other way.

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22 Responses to “Still waiting on Smoke”

  1. By D on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    J. Brown Not helping himself in a contract year.
    The deep threat will be limited with only an erratic JJ Nelson running
    fly routes
    Appears they will only have 2 active healthy TE’s on Sunday

    The Colts actually played the run well last Sunday, this must win for both teams could be closer than most will want to see.

    Betch will need to bring the pressure all day to force sacks and turnovers to give AZ a short field. The Defense will need to carry this team on Sunday.

  2. By Marlin on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Chad Williams is fresh and young and supposed to be a “burner” with size. Maybe he plays and can stretch the field?

  3. By dkerry5242 on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    He needs to get healthy and stay that way or next year he goes away.

  4. By Adam Smith b1723 fka DTL on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Q: Was Jaron targeted? Was he open? Thinking Golden should be in there, he looked really good…

    Q: Any improvement from Chad?
    or so

    Noticed Larry Legend clocked a 19.74MPH, 7th fastest in NFL week 1…wow

  5. By LadyBird04 on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply


    Do you honestly think Smokey has any control over “not helping” himself in a contract year? Michael Floyd completely screwed the Cardinals last year because of his love of the bottle. Smoke has worked his butt off and is battling circumstances that would demolish the psyche of most people – let alone athletes.
    Thankfully, he has the love and support of fellow teammates (especially Palmer and his family)…Hope he can recover and excel in the NFL…if not, he’ll have forever friends who won’t judge him solely on his ability to win fantasy points.

  6. By Jo Ball on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Smoke chose a bad year to be hurt all the time. Sucks… the guy is a beast when healthy .. the problem is … he can’t seem to stay healthy anymore. Same with Niklas … saw that he appeared on the injury report again. It doesn’t matter if he has all the potential in the world.. if he can never play .. it doesn’t help the team. I know injuries are a part of the game… but I’m really hoping we get rid of these guys who are injury prone. I’ve seen enough of Niklas honestly.

  7. By creditcard on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Issues with John Brown and other receivers.

    Then there is Larry Legend. The more Larry Fitzgerald plays, the more he speaks in public and the more he does things in the community; the more I think he is a very special player and person.

    Years from now young superstar receivers will be in the league and wowing fans, their yardstick of success will be measured on how they compare with # 11.

  8. By Scott H on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Oh, for the love of God, man…..perhaps the 2017 Cardinals WOULD have been a pretty good team if the players they NEED to be a good team could get / stay on the damn field! This just makes me want to kick something, I swear.

    My patience with Smoky is teetering on the brink at this point. Such a great kid but….not worth a damn to us when he’s always “iffy.” “Iffy” doesn’t get it done in the NFL. NOBODY is winning with “iffy” players.

    Let’s get the other J Brown going this week.

    These injuries are going to de-rail this season before we hit October at this rate.


  9. By JTDG on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    A couple weeks ago, I repeated what Dave Pasch (sp) asked.

    He said John Brown is to the offense that Badger is to the defense.

    The Badger didn’t make any plays and the defense watched a 17-15 lead disappear in the 4th quarter to a 35-23 loss.

    Brown made no plays and we watched an offense sputter, losing 20-6 in the 4th quarter.

    I got to agree with Pasch.

  10. By Dan on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    He’s all smoke……..he’s done…..average receive AT BEST. John “Mirrors” Brown…..was a nice career, albeit short.

  11. By Dan on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    Oh, and why didn’t we draft a QB again? Palmer isn’t gonna win anything, when has he ever? Should have drafted Watson, instead of getting leapfrogged.

  12. By NJAzCardsFan on Sep 14, 2017 | Reply

    The Cards just signed ex-Card Jim Dray as TE insurance…..

  13. By Adam L on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply


    Didn’t you write a story earlier on why it takes SMOKEY longer to recover from his injuries than say me or you or anybody for that matter?
    How quickly people forget???

  14. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    Adam L —

    RE: Injuries

    I have written about that yes. That’s a reason why he’s not on the field. It doesn’t change the impact if he is not healthy.

  15. By faster on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    darren, could the illness of some players be related to performance-enhancing substances? and, whats the medical department doing?

  16. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    faster —

    RE: PED

    I have no idea where that suggestion would be coming from. No one has been busted for those things.

  17. By clssylssy on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    Really? Geez…Come’n people! Do you really think John Brown CHOOSES to have a disease that keeps him sidelined much of the time? Sickle Cell is very serious and those who have this disease are never really “cured”, rather they are managed. Physical exertion exaccerbates this disease and so people who are athletes, in the military, or are in otherwise situations in which they do a lot of physical activity are at high risk. I don’t know what his exact situation is but I would think that the triple digit heat we have, and having to practice vigorously even indoors wouldn’t help and would put even a healthy person at risk for dehydration and serious cramping,, which in his case contributes to being in serious pain and slowed healing of injuries. Frequent blood transfusions can also lead to other complications. The pressure of not being physically able to perform as advertised, and be “that guy” counted on to save the day in the end zone, has to complicate his situation from an emotional standpoint. This can be a very serious condition for an athlete and is another reason why I have been so critical of our front office not shoring up our receiver room more. Obviously, he passed his physical but the FO and coaching staff should proceed with caution and not expect him to do what he did his rookie year. He isi lucky to have guys like Palmer and Fitz and the other receivers for support but, geez, can we have a little empathy as fans? He can still be a weapon but doesn’t need the pressure to be little Larry.

  18. By RBledsoe on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    Maybe the Cards should have former Steeler Ryan Clack work with and counsel John Brown. Clark played 13 years with the trait.

  19. By Bobby on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    What about DJ Humphries???? Everyone forgot about him. If he’s out then Palmer will be scared and the run game will suffer greatly. DJ was so nasty last year filling in at Left Tackle.

    RB’s are expendable. Next man up. Lose a tackle and the season is in jeopardy.

  20. By Darren Urban on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    Bobby —

    RE: Humphries

    Arians said at the beginning of the week Humphries was going to miss a week or two.

  21. By Jon Elder on Sep 15, 2017 | Reply

    Any idea on down time for Iupati? Is it just a week? Is there a chance that Boone can just win his job outright with how bad Iupati has been over the last season+?

  22. By UQ on Sep 17, 2017 | Reply

    I have never posted, but this team is not an NFL quality . BA and Carson please resign you have led this team down too many times and every time you have excuses. Need another QB and coach please. Very frustrating.

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