It didn't take Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald long to figure out that rookie wide receiver John Brown would be an integral part of the Cardinals' offense this season.
"The first couple of days (of training camp)," Fitzgerald said after the Cardinals' 31-14 victory over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. "He caught every ball that was thrown to him and he was getting open consistently. I know everybody was excited."
No one, however, could have foreseen the kind of impact Brown would make. He had 24 catches for 326 yards and four touchdowns heading into Sunday's game, including, of course, the game-winning 75-yard bomb from Carson Palmer to beat Philadelphia two weeks ago.
It will be hard to top that catch, but Brown tried against the Rams. His diving 48-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown reception from backup quarterback Drew Stanton gave Arizona a 17-14 lead, energized a crowd that had been quiet for much of the day at University of Phoenix Stadium and was the impetus for Arizona outscoring St. Louis 21-0 in the final 15 minutes.
We saw some signs of a possible outburst from Brown this year in the preseason when the Cardinals raved about him. While it's not uncommon for a team to talk positive about a player, you could almost feel the sincerity with the Card's words about Brown. He's making his share of big plays, but right now he's probably still safer for deeper leagues. The loss of Palmer didn't seem to hurt Brown in Week 10, but the value of all of the Cards WRs likely has to drop a bit as the team turns to Stanton.