With NFL free agency rapidly approaching, teams are cutting down their rosters to free up cap space. That has added some very interesting players to this year's loaded pool of available free agents.
Bleacher Report has projected one of these recent cuts to sign with the Green Bay Packers — former Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown.
John Brown Packers
After breaking out with career-highs in both receptions (72) and yards (1,060) in 2019, injuries limited Brown to 9 games in 2020. He was still highly productive though, averaging 50.9 yards per game despite playing second fiddle to Stefon Diggs.
He also continued to show off his value as a big-play threat, averaging 13.9 yards per reception, which brings his career average to 14.8.
That makes him the perfect fit for the Green Bay Packers. Davante Adams is obviously going to be the Packers' No. 1 WR for as long as he's around, and a field-stretcher like Brown is a natural fit as the No. 2 option.
The Packers clearly agree that Adams should be paired with a deep threat, as Marquez Valdes-Scantling had an absurdly high 18.3-yard average depth of target (aDOT) in 2020. MVS has a brutal 50.5% catch rate over his career, however.
Deep passes will always have a lower success rate, but Packers fans know all too well how much Valdes-Scantling has struggled with inefficiency on his deep targets.
In his last two seasons with the Bills, Brown has a 62.9% catch rate, and his 9.1 yards per target edge out Valdes-Scantling's career mark of 9.0, despite the fact that MVS had the benefit of catching passes from three-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.
If the Packers are serious about making a Super Bowl push in Rodgers' twilight years, Brown would be a great signing.
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