Bills’ John Brown follows in Larry Fitzgerald’s footsteps with rookies
Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown didn’t have a breakout season only on the football field over the past year; he has also had a breakout as a teammate. Reminiscing on his early days spent with the Arizona Cardinals upon entering the league, Brown noted that he reached out to his new rookie teammates after the 2020 NFL Draft due to the way he was felt to be welcomed back in ’14:
“I sat back and thought about it, once I got drafted, Larry Fitzgerald and Carson Palmer was the first people to text me before any other coaches did or anything,” Brown said in an interview with KSN-TV. “That’s something that really stuck out to me, so I hit the guys with the same thing he hit me with.”
Brown made quite the impact in his first season with the Bills in 2019, accumulating new career highs with 72 receptions and 1,060 receiving yards. He became the most trusted target for quarterback Josh Allen and now enters 2020 as an integral part of the team’s offensive plan in the second year of his $27 million deal.
One draftee that may be of particular interest to Brown is former UCF wide receiver Gabriel Davis, whom the Bills nabbed with their fourth-round selection. A standout in college, Davis could crack the rotation for early playing time alongside Brown.
The team also added former Oregon State wide receiver Isaiah Hodgins in the sixth round, continuing to make the options for Allen plentiful. A persistent breakout star in his own right, Brown knows all about having early support and finding the right opportunity to seize.