The Facts: Throughout the Cardinals' first practice, Brown displayed the hands and speed that made him one of the league's toughest players to defend. And an extra 13 pounds of muscle had Brown looking the part of a game-changing receiver. Brown said he weighed 185 pounds, up 12 pounds from last season. "That's a lot compared to last year," Brown said. "I feel good with the weight I've put on, so I'm ready to go."
Diehards Line: According to ESPN.com's Josh Weinfuss, Brown believes the added bulk will help him this season as he tries to rebound from the worst season of his career, which was marred by the October diagnosis of being a carrier of the sickle cell trait. He also had a cyst on his spine that was drained after the season. A year after his first 1,000-yard season, Brown had a career-low 517 receiving yards, 39 catches and two touchdowns as he fought fatigue and injuries. After he had the cyst drained, Brown set out to get himself in better shape. The key here lies in the fact he kept the one thing that made him who he is: his speed.