The Cincinnati Bengals claimed WR Chris Brown off waivers from the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday. Brown signed as an undrafted free agent last year with the Cowboys and spent the 2016 season on injured reserve due to a broken foot suffered in training camp. Before the injury, it was reported that Brown was impressing the Cowboy’s coaching staff with his athleticism and catching ability. It was also noted that he was on his way to making the team before the injury. The former Notre Dame receiver hauled in 48 receptions for 597 yards and 4 touchdowns in his senior year with the Fighting Irish.
Brown was also a track and field standout in high school. He claimed consecutive triple jump championships in 2011 and 2012 and finished second in both 100 and 200 meter dashes. He also broke the South Carolina high school record for triple jump recording 51-2.5. Brown also was a member of the U.S Junior National Track team competing in Puerto Rico in 2011.
Brown could add some much needed depth to the Bengals’ receiver corp, but their top priority will still be trying to resign Brandon LaFell. If they cannot reach a deal with LaFell, Brown could step in and help fill that void.
Brown was overshadowed at Notre Dame lining up on the opposite side of Will Fuller, but he is known as a great route runner that can make tough catches over the middle and is also a solid blocker for a receiver. These are all skills that the Bengals need and could land him a spot on the roster.