Marquise Brown Ready to Hit the Ground Running In Arizona

For any wide receiver worth their salt, a trade to a new franchise is fraught with risk. A lack of familiarity with their new offensive colleagues often requires a period of transition, and in the cutthroat world of the NFL, there is rarely time for any player to ease their way into the action. However, Arizona Cardinals fans can rest assured that their offseason marquee trade signing, Marquise Brown, will feel right at home in Glendale straight out of the gate.

Go West

The 25-year-old will make the long trip west from the Baltimore Ravens, where he served up the first 1,000+ yard season of his career from just 91 receptions the last term.

It’s a major overhaul, switching from one coast of the United States to the other, but at least ‘Hollywood’, as he is known, will be surrounded by feelings of familiarity. His offensive coach at the Cardinals, Kliff Kingsbury, has adapted practice sessions and even elements of his playbook to that of the Oklahoma Sooners, and he believes that – in addition to his pre-existing relationship with quarterback Kyler Murray – will enable Brown to start as he means to go on during the 2022-23 campaign.

“I’d say, comparatively speaking, if you’re talking about a guy who didn’t know the quarterback, or didn’t play in a similar system and didn’t get to work out with him and hear the calls, see the signals, I would say he’s way ahead of the curve when it comes to that,” Kingsbury has said.

Brown’s adaption to life in Arizona was also expediated by the workout sessions he and Murray shared over in Dallas. The Cardinals’ quarterback shared signals and elements of the AZ playbook with his new running mate, and that enabled the wide receiver to take part in preseason practice drills without any need for orientation.

The duo were also teammates at the University of Oklahoma, with Murray feeding Brown to the tune of 1,095 receiving yards during the 2017 season – the eighth highest tally for a receiver in a single campaign.

Out of the Gate

Getting off to a fast start will be of paramount importance this term. The NFC Conference is looking as competitive as ever, and in truth, the Cardinals may have little margin of the area in qualifying for the playoffs with the likes of the Packers, Buccaneers, Cowboys, and defending Super Bowl champions, the Rams, likely to rack up plenty of wins in their respective divisions.

Loyal locals will be as keen as ever to show their support by backing their heroes with online sports betting in Arizona, although the suspension of DeAndre Hopkins could seriously hamper the Cardinals’ playoff ambitions. Already though, the bookmakers are looking far ahead at the prospects on the horizon. According to DraftKings Sportsbook, one of the most acclaimed sportsbooks on the market, the Arizona Cardinals are priced at odds of +3500 to win the 2023 Super Bowl. To that end, they might just be an option to use a free bet on, rather than backing with hard-earned cash, given their underdog status.

Hopkins served up eight touchdowns in just ten appearances last season, and so his output as the Cardinals’ main target man cannot be questioned. In contrast, Brown is a somewhat different type of wide receiver, and while not a prolific touchdown scorer he does possess an obvious gift for ball carrying – when combining TD receptions of 20+ and 40+ plus yards since the start of 2019 season, Hollywood sits third in the standings on 18. The temporary loss of Hopkins could well be covered for by Brown, and when both are able to be fielded in the same team, the Cardinals could well become a force to be reckoned with in 2022-23.

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