While Andre Ellington sits out opener, Jaron Brown puts on a show for Cardinals

Former Clemson wideout led Arizona's receivers with five catches for 46 yards and a touchdown

Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde (33) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

Arizona Cardinals' Jaron Brown catches a touchdown pass in front of Green Bay Packers' Micah Hyde (33) during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Mike Roemer)

While Andre Ellington sat out the Arizona Cardinals' preseason opener with what appears to be a minor neck injury, former Clemson teammate and fellow rookie Jaron Brown put on a show.

Brown, who played much of his Clemson career in a complementary role to DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins, led all Cardinals' receivers with five catches for 46 yards and had a one-yard touchdown grab in his team's victory over Green Bay on Friday.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had challenged his wide receivers "to stand out when the lights are on." Brown did just that, as he was targeted seven times by backup quarterback Drew Stanton.

Brown was used in various down-and-distance situations, and had one 17-yard reception.

He took the lead in the battle for the Cardinals' No. 4 receiver spot.

“It felt like I went to him a lot tonight,” Stanton said of Brown. “I think that’s one of the guys I’ve been most excited about to see play in a game. You see his ability, his potential and his measurables, so getting on the same page as him and being in a one-on-one match up with him is what we were looking for."

NFL Preseason Notes

- Andre Branch made three tackles for Jacksonville in the Jaguars' 27-3 loss to Miami.

- Charlie Whitehurst completed seven of 15 passes for 59 yards, but was intercepted twice - including once by former Tiger Byron Maxwell - in San Diego's 31-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

- Tig Willard made one stop for the Tennessee Titans in their 22-21 loss to Washington. Phillip Merling had three tackles for the Redskins, while Jarvis Jenkins made one.

- Malliciah Goodman had a tackle for the Falcons in their 34-10 loss to Cincinnati.

- The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed tight end Michael Palmer, who was released last week by the Seattle Seahawks.

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lhaselden writes:

wow... I am amazed how well Jaron is doing... I hope he makes the final cut... love watching the tigers play...even in the NFL

rsb8931#286014 writes:

Sounds like he may make the team and be productive for them. That's good. I like to see former Tigers do well in the NFL.

Clemorange writes:

I could not possibly care less about pro football, but it's really good to hear Clemson players doing well in the nfl. It does some good things for recruiting too.

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