Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
Mike Brown emerged from relative obscurity to make a positive impression in 2013. The young wideout made 32 catches for 446 yards, including a pair of touchdown grabs.
Standing just 5'10", Brown still found ways to get open down the field. He proved himself a tough receiver armed with the field-stretching skills to win on the outside, evidenced by his 13.9 yards-per-catch average.
Brown has already shown enough of a knack for making plays to earn a greater role in 2014's offense. The Jags will need him to feature more often.
Fellow receiver Cecil Shorts III has talent but is still plagued by drops. The de facto go-to receiver, Justin Blackmon, is facing an indefinite suspension to deal with substance abuse problems.
What could help Brown is the rapport he established with streaky quarterback Chad Henne. He became a key target for the veteran signal-caller late in the season, catching 14 passes in the final four games.
The team is apparently determined to retain Henne, according to Vito Stellino of The Florida Times-Union.
Stellino isn't as sold on the quality of this draft's quarterback class as some and thinks the Jags could want Henne to start for another season. That would mean a lot more work for Brown.
But with either Henne or a rookie under center, Brown is sure to see a lot more passes come his way in the new season.