- Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Arizona Cardinals reporter
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CHANDLER, Ariz. – By this time last year, John Brown’s body was starting to wear down.
He was traveling across the country for all-star games, the NFL combine and visits with potential teams ahead of the draft. He was tired.
This offseason, his second with the Arizona Cardinals, has been different for Brown, who is focused on adding weight after a successful rookie campaign.
“During the offseason this year, I was relaxed,” he said. “I was in one area the whole time so I was able to get right.”
He felt the wear and tear of his first NFL season down the stretch, and his numbers showed it. During his first 12 games, Brown averaged 46.5 yards per game and 14.6 yards per catch. But during his final four games, he averaged 31.8 yards per game and 14.1 yards per catch.
“It was kinda tough because like, at the end of the season, my body started going down and I started losing weight,” he said. “So, this year I’m trying to focus on being able to keep all this weight on as the season goes on.”
Brown added 10 pounds to his small frame, weighing in at 183 pounds.
Brown said he’s spent the offseason trying to get faster, but believes he’ll be used in the same role as last season. As a rookie, he caught 48 passes for 696 yards and five touchdowns.
But there’s one change he’s hoping to make: “Be able to make more plays than I did last year.”
Arizona's wide receiver seemed to run out of gas as a rookie last season.