News: 24 minutes agoCoach Kliff Kingsbury said Monday that Brown (hamstring) and Kyler Murray (wrist) practiced for the first time together since the start of training camp, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports.
Spin: Both players have dealt with injuries in recent weeks, with Brown getting back on the practice field last week, which coincided with limitations on Murray's practice reps due to a sore wrist. It's unclear if either or both were able to handle every rep Monday, but the Cardinals showed evidence of testing out the Air Raid, with Brown and Rondale Moore in the slot and DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green as outside receivers, per Paul Calvisi of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. The team won't be able to operate with that personnel Week 1 due to Hopkins' six-game suspension to begin the season, but his lack of availability should be a boon for Brown, who was reunited with Murray, his college quarterback, back in April.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Brown was traded to Arizona after three seasons in Baltimore. The 2019 first-round pick has emerged as one of the league's best (and most underrated) high-volume, vertical targets over the last two seasons. Brown has finished top 12 among wideouts in target share and top five in average depth of route each of the past two seasons. He posted a career-best 22nd-place fantasy finish in 2021, but that's a bit misleading. Brown was 11th in fantasy PPG in 11 games with Lamar Jackson, but 67th in five games while Jackson was out. Brown now joins a more crowded Arizona offense, but especially with DeAndre Hopkins suspended for six games, he remains positioned for a sizable workload in a Kyler Murray-led offense. Brown's value took a hit, but he remains a fantasy WR3.