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Cardinals WR John Brown packing on the pounds

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John Brown burst onto the scene with fire during his rookie campaign. The Arizona Cardinals' speedster posted 48 receptions for 696 yards and five touchdowns, with several of those scores being of the big-play variety.

However, his production waned late in the season. Brown posted just 127 yards on nine catches the final month of the regular season, including a goose egg in Week 14. He then compiled just 34 yards on four catches in the playoffs.

While the atrocious quarterback situation played a big part in Brown's production reduction, his body also began to break down.

In colleague Chris Wesseling's fantastic breakdown of the rookie receivers -- read it, now -- he pointed out that Brown needed to bulk to contend with press coverage and an elongated season.

It turns out the 25-year-old wideout agrees.

"At the end of the season my body started going down, I started losing weight," Brown told the team's official website. "This year I'm trying to focus on being able to keep this weight on as the season goes on."

After playing at 173 pounds in 2014, Brown said he is already up to 183 and plans to add more weight through the offseason.

With Brown's speed, the added weight and a more stable quarterback situation should make him a candidate to bust out even further into the national consciousness in 2015.

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