“Jaron always makes plays,” coach Bruce Arians said. “He’s very physical for a wideout. Great special teams player. Put in the right system he could be a solid ‘3’ or ‘2’. We never hesitate throwing him the ball in a clutch situation.”
And really, therein lies the problem for Brown. As productive as he is and perhaps could be, he will have a hard time taking snaps away from Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, John Brown or even speedster J.J. Nelson.
So while he may very well be a solid starter on any other team, for the Cardinals, he is luxurious depth.
“I was talking to somebody about him today, he has a great camp every year because he gets so many reps, and then those reps kind of dwindle because you’re not going to put him in front of Larry (Fitzgerald), you’re not going to put him in front of Mike,” Palmer said. “But it’s so nice, it’s such a security blanket that if a guy goes down, he can come in. He’s just one of those guys that makes plays. He’s one of those guys that you don’t realize how fast he is until he runs past you. He makes tough, contested catches. He’s physical enough to do what Larry does in the blocking stuff.
“He’s been a security blanket. I can visualize different plays, the third down conversion he made at the end of the game in Seattle. You go on and on and on, he’s one of those guys that’s a gamer. He gets in games and makes plays, just like he does in practice.”
Brown is a player that owners should have on speed dial if there are any injuries in the Cardinals' receiving corps. Due to his speed, Nelson would probably see more snaps if Michael Floyd went down, but Jaron Brown's snaps increased the most in Week 8 when John Brown was sidelined. He'd also likely step in for Larry Fitzgerald if anything happened to the vet.