Jaron Brown, ACL workhorse

Posted by Darren Urban on October 4, 2017 – 9:22 am

Jaron Brown is coming off his career-best performance, gaining 105 yards receiving on eight catches and making a pair of important grabs in overtime as the Cardinals beat the 49ers. But perhaps more impressive has been the way the wideout has come back off the ACL tear he suffered in October of 2016.

Brown played 99 snaps in the overtime game — 82 at wide receiver, 17 on special teams — to continue a heavy workload he’s had all season. With John Brown’s quad injury and J.J. Nelson’s recent hamstring issues, it’s the guy who is less than a year removed from tearing an ACL that has stepped in and up. His snap totals for each game, working backwards, have been prolific:

— 82-17
— 76-15
— 50-12
— 55-15

Brown had said as soon as the offseason started last year he was confident in being ready for 2017. Through four games he already has 205 yards receiving, just 24 yards short of his current season-best. Always a behind-the-scenes kind of personality, Brown just shook his head at the idea of a 99-snap game.

“I never really get into counting them,” Brown said. “I just wake up the next morning, get out of bed and get into the cold tub.”

He added, “I definitely feel it.”

Regardless of the ACL comeback, Brown — who is playing on a one-year deal and will be unrestricted after the season — is an important cog. This week, with the rough news of Markus Golden’s own ACL injury, Brown provides hope for a teammate that a quick recovery toward a productive season can happen.

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35 Responses to “Jaron Brown, ACL workhorse”

  1. By Scott H on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    He’s a talented kid and I’m glad he is getting a chance to show what he can do this year. Looks like he could be one of our bright spots beyond this season.

  2. By Marlin on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    gotta lock him up to a contract extension

  3. By R.P. on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    Brown definitely made that game an exciting hard earned win

  4. By dkerry5242 on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    Always liked Jaron Brown and now that he’s healthy hopefully he can continue to contribute. Hey, whatever happened to Chad Williams on Sunday?

  5. By Darren Urban on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    dkerry —

    RE: CWilliams

    When all the receivers are healthy enough to play Chad is usually going to be inactive.

  6. By JTDG on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply


    Glad you wrote about one of the cardinals who is having a very good year, Corey Peters. Excellent read for those who have not read it.

    Like his attitude also;
    Talking about his injuries – “That first one taught me not only how to handle it but also a lot about life, taking responsibility for yourself and your life,” Peters said. “It’s not really about what happens to you it’s what you do after that.”

    More people need to understand that.

  7. By georgiebird on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    When you consider the age and talent of Cards’ players, Jaron is one of the 5 Cards’ players who would be coveted by other teams:
    1) DJ
    2) PP
    3) Jaron
    4) Chandler
    5) Markus
    Of course, if just for a one year or 10 game rental, Larry might still be #1 or #2.

  8. By georgiebird on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    The loss of Markus will hurt but I think we can overcome it. Markus is definitely one of the best young players on the team. However, Markus does not have the pure speed of an edge rusher in a 3-4. To compensate for his lack of speed, Markus has tried so hard to get to the QB that on many occasions fails to hold the edge. I feel for Markus, he’s not big enough to be a DL and not fast enough to be a OLB. Markus has been a decent OLB but he gives up a lot in his all out effort to get to the QB.

  9. By Scott H on Oct 4, 2017 | Reply

    I’m seeing the piece about possibly incorporating some no-huddle into our offense and I guess as I’m reading it, I’m wondering why we haven’t tried this sooner! Like, things have been fine? We needed our offense to get worse before we started thinking of ways to create a spark?

    Running a no-huddle makes it harder for the defense to make substitutions and our QB is saying he enjoys running the no-huddle.

    Sold. What’s to think about? What we CANNOT do is continue running our offense the same way we have. It’s already had our QB sacked more than any other in the NFL and we can’t possibly be any more anemic than we’ve been.

    Our QB is getting killed and our offense is already dead. We gotta turn these tides and get it going in the right direction.

    And while they’re working on installing more of the no-huddle, can someone also please let our QB know he doesn’t HAVE to hold onto the ball until he gets sacked on every drop-back. That is another change that needs to be incorporated here.

    One more thing – since the running game has been struggling, why not use more short dump-off’s to Ellington and CJ as a form of running the ball? It’s worked well at times. And that, too, can help back off the pass rush, maybe set us up to take our shots down the field.

    Can’t play .500 ball the rest of the season if we’re expecting to go anywhere.

  10. By faster on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    georgiebird, i miss bucannon and mathieu, i doubt, they will have to wait for one hour, if they are released, to get new offers. on and williams k. too.

    and i have seen gwacham sign with the jets, sad, i wanted him to play offense, maybe he could block better then larry ….

  11. By Scott H on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    georgiebird –

    You don’t think Mathieu would be coveted by other teams? I do. He is not quite the wrecking ball / tazmanian devil / un-stoppable force he has been in the past but as long as he stays healthy, I have to believe he gets back to being that tenacious player who seems to be everywhere the ball goes.

    And the sooner the better! We could use some of that. I always thought he was a guy who played bigger than he is. Maybe I spoke too soon on that. So far, that quality has been missing from his game. And I really miss that.

    But at least he is on the field. More than I can say for Nkemdiche.

  12. By clssylssy on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    Alot of really good QBs get rid of the ball before they are sacked, but it seems that whenever Carson has tried to throw it away, it’s as he’s going down and the ball gets intercepted. We certainly don’t want to see turnovers but nobody wants to see Carson getting hammered either. Running a no huddle offense works well with young mobile QBs but, I’m not sure it’s a one size fits all and is as easy as it sounds. Might have to use Gabbard for that and then we sacrifice Carson’s experience reading defenses and managing the game on a longshot. Where is it written that it has to be an either/or ultimatum? Seems a little variety might be a new wrinkle and a kind of element of surprise that might be an advantage. Interesting that we are finally beginnning to think of scenarios outside our comfort zone just as the ship seems to be taking on water and possibly going down!
    Looking at our young talent, I think we have a number of young guys who would get grabbed up in a heartbeat including Tyrann Mathieu, and who might really blossom in a different system. I think Mathieu seems bummed out or maybe burned out in this system but the talent is there (and other teams recognize this). I think a return to a coach like Todd Bowles or somebody else who is more defensively minded and creative would spark life into the Honey Badger. Certainly, we have seen a lot of our players go on to excel after leaving the Cards. Good players get bored doing the same thing and need to be constantly challenged to feel alive and growing and our defense is basically the same Horton/Bowles defense that is by now,, not only predictable even to the fans but must be kinda ho-hum to the players. So far, I haven’t seen Bettcher do anything other than manage an old defense that he inherited, rather than really be any kind of “defensive mind”. Sometimes promoting someone before they are really ready does a disservice to the organization as well as the individual who would do better to learn and gain further experience under the teaching of an experienced veteran coach. I think when Dick LeBeau decided not to come on board the organization quit trying, leaving Bettcher to try to keep things together without any infusion of new ideas (or old ones we weren’t using but were tried and true).
    I sure hope that our defense is able to keep the pressure on Carson Wenz for the full game and that Tyrann Mathieu and some of the young guys can find a way to channel our old “no fly zone”, I want to see some pick 6’s soon so I know that are defense is still alive!
    The Eagles are riding high right now and might be vulnerable to getting humbled by a team considered to be struggling…it happens every week and we could be the ones to do it. Would be a BIG road win which we badly need.

  13. By D on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    I would look to sign and extend Jar Brown before end of this year. He, J. Brown, Golden and Larry are UFA after 2017, so you need to keep Jar Brown.

    As we all know, this Offense and Team could look a whole lot different in 2018.

    I believe Keim has a good idea on BA, but we’ll have to all wait until Jan.

    I would guess more than 50/50 this will be it for Larry and Carson and probably BA. If that is the case, Keim will need to bring in a Off Minded Head Coach.

    Rebuild the Offense by the following:
    AZ most likely won’t be able to draft the top 3 college QB’s this spring do to them winning 6-8 games, so I would send their #1 draft pick to NE for J. Garoppolo as their Franchise QB.
    (Pats won’t be able to keep him, but Belicheck will tag and trade to get compensation)

    To have Garoppolo and hopefully a healthy D. Johnson at RB, Keim would be on his way on the rebuild. (I would look to resign A. Ellington if he stays healthy)

    They won’t be able to get a #1 WR in the draft to replace Larry, but they could have plenty of good #2-#3 WR’s for 2018 in JJ. Nelson, C. Williams, Resign Jar. Brown, and try to resign John Brown if he can somewhat say healthy. (his value will be higher here in AZ than for any other team who will just see injury history career). Maybe sign a Free agent WR since Keim will have plenty of Cap Space for 2018.

    TE. Only will have Gresham under Contract for 2018. They will need to draft a mid round TE and sign a Free agent TE for 2018.

    OL-This should be the second most Focus area this off season behind QB.

    If BA goes, then I would release AQ and Move Boehm to his natural Center spot.
    I don’t see Veldheer being in AZ after this year. He probably will be released. I would spend my 2nd Round draft pick this year on a RT.

    I would spend $ on a RG in free agency, I would watch A. Norwell in Carolina, he maybe a free agent this spring, only 26, a solid Guard.
    (he may not get resigned since the Panthers will have J. Peppers, G. Gano, and Star Lotulelei set to all become free agents in 2018)

    The Left side of the line would be D.J. Humphries and M. Iupati.
    I would go to Iupati and ask for a pay reduction. His contract goes through 2019, so cutting him would be too big of a Cap hit.

    DJ, Iupati Boehm, Free agent, High draft pick as the Oline.

    Main areas for 2018 to focus on will be a Interior DL player and a 2nd CB.
    I would look to resign T. Branch at Safet and maybe K. Martin.

    Will need a new Kicker for 2018.

  14. By Joe C. on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    I’m glad Warner was young and mobile when he ran the no huddle for us. Keim sucks but we have all this young talent to resign. One game at time. If we beat Philly and get a couple people back. Hell at this point Wartford should be an improvement as well as Boone. Reddick is back. Bethel’s play is good enough. Safeties are good. .500 wins the West and we catch on fire. Sounds like 2007/8.

  15. By Coach K on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply


    It’s great to see all the ACL guys coming back and playing well.

    For those stepping up, I’m curious to see how well Kareem Martin plays, and also moving Reddick to the outside may prove to be his best position as outside backer.

    I see Reddick with multiple sacks rushing from the outside.

  16. By Dr. G. on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    I root for JaronB at every opportunity…one of our future WRs…sign him!

    Darren, ((you always warn of sarcasm)). Frankly, it’s the best form of humor!

    It may not be appropriate for the Kaepernick exchanges where you insist on your “”free speech”” responses. I’ll cite a couple things to consider.

    A. An employer may govern reasonable commentary of its employees when in the course of business and in it’s best interest. Kaepernicks’ action is not a “”right.”” ((Unless he does it outside the business))

    B. NFL rules govern “”every”” item of clothing worn by the players including stockings. It states the club must approve & provide every item. The cops/pigs socks are not NFL issued. ((Now, whether training camp is included with spectators//Press present can be argued is absurd, not ambiguous.))

    C. I can find no clear NFL rule regarding the National Anthem, but political disrespect to the fans and the league is in the worst interest…the latest controversies are seriously undesirable in any form..

    D. Rights to free speech are constitutional unless it infringes another person’s constitutional rights. Freelancers are pushing nonsense and innuendo that has infected the gullible who believe anything they read on social media.

    This nonsense started a year ago back ((September)) in the previous administration; guess who is taking heat for it?

    NFL is the greatest show in sports…I hate to see it devasted… Be well

  17. By Darren Urban on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Rights

    I’m not sure what you are arguing, other than you seem to want to make the case the NFL should punish Kaepernick. I’m quite sure every NFL owner knows what he/she can or cannot do.

    I’m not sure the NFL is “devastated.” Ratings are about the same or a little higher. (In regard to ratings, all ratings for all shows have dipped because of the way people consume television now; it’s not unique to the NFL/sports.)

  18. By Dr. G. on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    Darren- Not sure what the NFL can/cannot do? Punish Kaepernick?

    At this point , no one can call for any sanctions on Kaepernick, though he ignored rules. ((Maybe he is resting in the bed he made.)) But if you think there is a minimal degree of trouble now and on the horizon, you may be ignoring the rants of the fans. JTDG is not a lone wolf… There are others just here on your blog.

    There are many who will disagree with your position on ratings. Season tickets may be affected next season. Budweiser is calling for fans’ opinion on sponsorship. We can point to lots of things.

    The point would be: The League needs to have a uniform approach ((RULE)) to pregame activities…keep players inside until the game starts, or demand some standard of respect on the sidelines. It’s coming across as insulting…this silly kneeling. Many fans//vets are saying that these spoiled, rich, young athletes don’t realize the impact of their so-called free speech.

    My best to you and our Fans…

  19. By Darren Urban on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    Dr. G —

    RE: Many fans/vets

    I am well aware of what they are saying. I’m the one they’re talking to.

    Curious why you call players spoiled though? Rich, OK. Young, sure. Not sure how you call them spoiled. Many actually didn’t come from money growing up. Not sure how they were spoiled.

  20. By georgiebird on Oct 5, 2017 | Reply

    @Scott H
    My list should have read “Top 5”- there are others like Matthieu but he wouldn’t be in my top 5.

  21. By JTDG on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Dr G, Scott, Darren,

    I have been reading the comments about Kaepernick. Personally, I think he is a product of false narratives that “news” organizations have been pushing.

    The Truth about Kaepernick;

    Colin was a bi-racial child, who, born out of wedlock, was given up for adoption. His real mother, a white women, was 19 and his real father, a black man, fled after he found out she was pregnant. He was taken in by white parents and white siblings. He lived in suburbia and went to QB camps. Not you typical inter-city kid.

    Colin was not being offered any scholarships coming out of college, till his adopted white parents took him to a camp in Nevada, where Univ of Nevada – Reno saw him.

    So, how does a bi-racial, suburbia, guy raised in a white home, went to college in Nevada become the face of protest against the Flag, Country and Police?

    Oh, you say, like many, that it isn’t about that? Truth.

    First, his words- “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag, for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media

    Second – his actions, He wore socks depicting police as pigs (Being he went to College in Nevada, perhaps he was talking about the same police that used their bodies as shields and ran towards the bullets in LV)

    So, how did it start? He said blacks were being gunned down in the street after two high profile and completely false stories came out.

    Trayvon Martin – Trayvon Martin was killed by a Hispanic Man (not white), who WASN’T a cop. Turns out, the Hispanic Man was charged with Martin’s murder but acquitted at trial on self-defense grounds. After it was heard of the struggle for his life, DNA, Ballistic and other evidence, he was set free. But how this was a knock on cops or white vs black is beyond me.

    Mike Brown – Meanwhile, the Hands Up movement came from a lie Dorian Johnson told during the Mike Brown incident. We now know officer Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos and assult from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.

    Yet the media ran with it, because that was their agenda. You see, the media ran with stories that weren’t true and fueled hatred towards police As the media continues to fuel these lies, of course people will be upset knowing a cop is getting away with killing an innocent black man. (which was false)

    These false stories by media outlets fueled the protest by Kaepernick.

    -They claimed police targeted blacks, when in fact, twice as many whites are killed by police than blacks.

    – They claimed black police officers are not represented in stations and we need more black police officers. But the truth is, in 2013, blacks represented 27% of the police force while representing on 12% of the US.

    – This thought by Kaepernick became even more silly when you look at the fact that in 2013, 6,000 blacks were murdered. Out of that, 87% were killed by other blacks. Where is the outrage over this? Why are people not marching in the street over these deaths?

    Simple, outfits like CNN, ESPN and MSNBC like to push false narratives to divide the country. They have created completely false stories. So to me, Kaepernick is just a tool of those who want to ignore the truth.

  22. By Darren Urban on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Reasons

    So to be clear: Are you saying just that Kaepernick doesn’t deserve to be the face of these protests? That there should be no protests at games? Or that the protests shouldn’t exist at all in any part of life?

  23. By Scott H on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    To jump in your question ( we’ve exchanged comments elsewhere, so I’ve been in on this )…

    My opinion on Kaepernick being the face of these protests is that he has become that simply by virtue of his not having a job right now. And because he doesn’t have a job right now AND he’s a person of color, THAT has become the issue. THAT is what people want to pay attention to. Thus, he becomes the face of it.

    Because he doesn’t have a job right now, more than anything else, he becomes the face of it.

    But at that point, hasn’t it really become about something else entirely?

    He is hardly the only other player who has protested. There WERE other players protesting last season as well. Somehow, none of them became black-listed. This season, entire teams have protested. So….why does Kaepernick emerge as the face of it all?

    Simple – because he doesn’t have a job and too many people have bought into his being black-listed, thus, treated un-fairly.

  24. By Darren Urban on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Jump in

    lol. Scott, you never need to justify “jumping in.” That’s what the comments are for. It’s all fair game.

  25. By JTDG on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply


    I think Kaepernick was manipulated by false reports. Frankly, in his mind, he thinks he is doing what is right.

    In fact, I believe he is sincere about his actions. The problem is, he was lied to and took action against the wrong thing.

    Again, I would back any movement that wants to address the real issues.

    As for protest at games, yeah, I think no protest at games. I don’t protest at my work. If I don’t like what is going on, I will look for a new job. They are doing a selfish act ,regardless of how my employer feels.

    Protest outside of football? Of course. What I do here is a form of protest against the way Keim runs the team. (which is very minor, I know). But protest is as American as apple pie.

    Again, the issue is the media fueling protest with completely false stories.

  26. By Scott H on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    I’m glad that made ya laugh! 🙂 Hey, I was raised to be polite, ya know?

    Just out of curiosity, when you are at the games, are you on / along the sidelines? Road games, too? If yes, we will at least share the same building on Sunday. Enjoy your trip to Philly! Are you a cheesesteak guy? This is really the only place on planet earth where you can get a REAL one.

  27. By Darren Urban on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Questions

    At games, both road and home, I am in the pressbox until approximately 6 or 7 minutes left in the game, and then I go down to the sideline.

    I do like cheesesteaks, and I have been lucky enough to have a couple on my handful of trips to Philly.

  28. By JTDG on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply


    I do have 3 questions for you that truly address the issues of Kaepernick and the protest.

    Why are they not standing up for the thousands of blacks being gunned down by other blacks every year ? Why do you not see thousands in the street demanding a change? (why is the media not covering it)

    If poverty is related heavily to single parents, and blacks are born at a rate of 72% into single homes, and children of single homes are filing our prisons, shouldn’t this be something they should be standing up for if black lives truly matter? (and why is the media not covering it)

    If poverty is a huge part of living in areas filled with crime, and This administration has lowered the unemployment rate for blacks to the lowest levels and pay has actually began to increase, and if he passes his infrastructure plans would further decrease unemployment, why is the media not reporting that? Aren’t they trying to divide America?

  29. By Darren Urban on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Questions

    I have some thoughts on that, but frankly, it doesn’t serve me well to get too far down that road. I think it’s safe to say where you stand politically and where I stand, it’ll be tough to find common ground.

    I will say I disagree that what this administration has done/wants to do/plans to do will help in this area.

  30. By JTDG on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply


    I won’t hold it against you for being wrong.

  31. By Darren Urban on Oct 7, 2017 | Reply

    JTDG —

    RE: Wrong

    I’m going to hope you meant that in a lighthearted way.

  32. By Scott H on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Darren –

    On the cheesesteak topic, I understand that Jake Plummer used to place an order for the whole team ( I think Pat’s Steaks was his fave ) and they used to eat them on the bus after the game, en route to the airport.

    Do you have a spot? Pat’s? Geno’s? Steve’s?

  33. By Darren Urban on Oct 7, 2017 | Reply

    Scott H —

    RE: Spot

    I don’t have a spot. It’s wherever someone gives me a ride to eat.

  34. By CARDS62 on Oct 6, 2017 | Reply

    Back to Jaron Brown

    I like Jaron very much as he strikes me as a hard worker who does not take his NFL life for granted. I do not know how talented he is, as he seems slow to me from the point of high pointing the ball and securing the catch and he is in his 5th season with us and has never had over 300 yards in a season. I root for the man and hope he has a 1,000 yard plus season for us, and the way we are running the ball he very well could. Michael Floyd had all the talent in the world but just didn’t seem to care that much to me. Jaron reminds me some of Frank Sanders just a guy who goes about his work with little to no fanfare. I hope he keeps improving and has a breakout year and we sign him to a 3 or 4 year extension, but I just do not see him as ever being a number 1 and probably not a number 2 receiver for a good team, but every team needs at least 4 solid receivers, and he is a solid receiver that also plays special teams.

    Go Cards beat those Eagles!

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