Unheralded WR Jaron Brown provides needed jolt for Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals were reeling after blowing a big lead and their vaunted wide receiver corps was ailing.
Seeking to stem the momentum on the road against the hard-charging Seattle Seahawks on Sunday night, the Cardinals needed someone to make a big play against the high-profile Legion of Boom secondary.
Into the void stepped a most unlikely savior - seldom-used wideout Jaron Brown. With Michael Floyd on the sideline with a hamstring issue and John Brown rendered ineffective due to a similar ailment, Jaron Brown came up huge in the fourth quarter of Arizona's eventual 39-32 victory.
An undrafted free agent in his third season out of Clemson, Brown had a season-high three receptions for 38 yards to help spark the Cardinals' comeback. Each of the catches went for first downs and kept alive long touchdown drives on consecutive possessions for Arizona.
“Jaron just came in and made plays,” Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer said. “He’s done that ever since he’s been here. It’s crucial to be deep, and we’re so deep, especially at the receiver position.”
Brown's biggest reception was his first, which also set up the go-ahead touchdown. Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman reached in and batted the ball away, but Brown alertly kept his concentration and snatched the ball out of mid-air just as it was about to settle into Sherman's arms.
Jaron Brown with a wowing catch to take away #Seahawks deflection-interception. AZ at SEA 39.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) November 16, 2015
“I just remember seeing it in the air," Brown said. "Any deflection you always want to go out there and get the ball. So, just trying to make a play for the team.”
Teammate Larry Fitzgerald, who had 10 receptions for 130 yards, praised Brown for making "the biggest play of the day, hands down. You’re going against arguably the best corner in the National Football League with the game in the balance and his desire and determination was able to help come down with that football and possess it and get a first down. That was a huge moment for us.”