Buccaneers elevate former Pitt State WR Brown to active roster ahead of playoff showdown with Rams

Tampa Bay signed Brown to the practice squad on January 13th.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Former Pittsburg State wide receiver John Brown is back on an NFL roster.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have elevated Brown from their practice squad ahead of Sunday afternoon’s NFC Divisional playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Tampa Bay signed Brown to their practice squad just 10 days ago after their wide receiver group became thin due to injury. The team is without Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown and Breshad Perriman – and could be without Cyril Grayson, Jr. Sunday.

Brown hasn’t played in an NFL game since being released by the Buffalo Bills in March 2021. He’s spent time this season on the practice squads for the Raiders, Broncos and Jaguars before landing with Tampa Bay on January 13th.

The Former Pitt State All-American was a 3rd-round draft pick for the Arizona Cardinals in 2014, when current Tampa Bay head coach Bruce Arians was the head coach in Arizona. In his 8-year career Brown has amassed 320 catches for 4,748 yards and 31 touchdowns.

He has two 1,000-yard seasons, topping the century mark with Arizona in 2015 and Buffalo in 2019.