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John Brown is first WR to top 100 yards in Bills debut

John Brown

Veteran wide receiver John Brown made Buffalo Bills franchise history when he recorded more than 100 receiving yards in his debut on Sunday.

The 29-year-old Brown came over from the Baltimore Ravens in the offseason, signing a three-year, $27 million deal with the Bills. The 5-foot-11 wideout totaled 123 receiving yards on seven receptions in Buffalo’s Week 1 season-opening 17-16 victory over the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

Per Matthew Fairburn in The Athletic:

“I’ve been with Smoke before,” Matt Barkley said. “I know that he’s coming down with that ball. That’s exactly what he did.”

The catch gave Brown 123 yards for the game. He’s the first Bills receiver to ever top 100 yards in his Buffalo debut. After the touchdown, Brown came sprinting over to the sideline and screamed at Sean McDermott, “This is why you brought me here!”

Brown was a 2014 NFL Draft third-round selection of the Arizona Cardinals, where he spent the first four seasons of his professional career after playing collegiately with Pitt State. He recorded over 1,000 receiving yards in his second year with the Cardinals and tallied 715 yards and five touchdowns with the Ravens last season.

Second-year Bills franchise quarterback Josh Allen led the charge for a thunderous second-half comeback over the Jets, scoring 17 unanswered points and looking for the vet Brown to carry the offensive load. Allen threw for 24 completions and 254 yards against Gang Green’s defense, including two interceptions and an early-game pick-six by way of Jets’ new linebacker CJ Mosley.

With Allen under center as a dual-threat quarterback and Brown lined up as the wideout option, the Bills’ offense could be more potent than pundits believed heading into the long regular season.