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.