Jaron Brown made it to the NFL the hard way, impressing the coaches on special teams to earn a spot on the Arizona roster in 2013 as an undrafted free agent.
Now he’s coming back from a significant knee injury, but you’d hardly know it. He’s been the best Cardinals receiver in training camp not named Larry Fitzgerald.
When coach Bruce Arians lit into his receiving corps after Monday’s practice, he singled out Brown and Fitzgerald as its only worthy members.
Jaron has long been the “other Brown” on the Arizona roster, with speedster John Brown getting most of the publicity for his spectacular big plays.
But John has had health problems the past two seasons, going back to a concussion in last year’s training camp. This year, he’s nursing a quadriceps injury, clearing the way for Jaron to move up and become the Cardinals’ No. 2 receiver behind Fitzgerald, Arians confirmed on Tuesday.
“I’m getting there but I’m not where I want to be at right now,” he said. “… They expect me to come back fast. I can’t.”
Meanwhile, it’s been a quick recovery for Jaron, who looked to be having a breakout season before he tore his right ACL against Seattle last Oct. 23.
“I feel really good,” he said. “If I had to put a percentage on it I’d say closer to 100.”
Brown was able to get rid of his knee brace early in camp and the pace of his recovery has impressed his coach.