Brown fought through numerous hamstring injuries last year, and was diagnosed with sickle-cell trait in the middle of the season. The 27-year-old missed just one game and caught 39 passes for 517 yards but failed to live up to his potential as the Cardinals sputtered to a 7-8-1 record.
It appears that Brown has overcome the issues and is ready to be a major contributor to the Cardinals’ passing game.
“Smoke looks like John Brown,” Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said Tuesday via Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic. “A couple of those routes he ran, he did not run one route like that last year. Knock on wood, it stays that way.”
Brown said he returned to his normal self after doctors drained a cyst around his spine during the offseason.
“Twenty-four hours after they drained the cyst I was feeling normal,” Brown said. “After a week or two, going back home and I was running around and able to do things with my daughter I couldn’t do. I just realized I was feeling real good.”
Brown is two years removed from a 65-catch, 1,003-yard season and the Cardinals will need him to be at his best if they are to make a run at the Super Bowl this winter.
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