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Steve Keim: Cardinals can't cover rookie John Brown


The John Brown hype train barrels on.

After a springtime's worth of reports alerting us to Arizona's rookie receiver "blowing everyone away" and drawing "favorable" comparisons to Colts burner T.Y. Hilton, Brown is off to a hot start at training camp.

"I can tell you so far we haven't been able to cover him," said Cardinals general manager Steve Keim on Monday, per's Josh Weinfuss.

The third-round pick out of Pittsburg State has drawn parallels to Hilton because of their similar size and identical 4.34 speed. The 5-foot-11, 179-pound Brown is a candidate to leapfrog Ted Ginn as a deep threat alongside Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd in three-receiver sets.

It's notable that a rookie is excelling against a talented trio of Cardinals corners in Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Justin Bethel, but Keim acknowledged he wants to see Brown do the same in pads.

We won't have to wait much longer to see if Brown's the real deal: Arizona kicks off its preseason journey with a "friendly" against the Texans on August 9.

Until then:

The latest "Around The League Podcast" offers up team-by-team training camp previews of the NFC East and NFC West.