Carolina Panthers wide receiver and former Buckeye Corey “Philly” Brown was a restricted free agent heading into the offseason, but the team decided not to place a tender on the wideout and let him navigate free agency. Brown ended up striking a new deal with the Buffalo Bills — joining other Ohio State products, Cardale Jones and Adolphus Washington.
The entire Carolina offense struggled in 2016, with quarterback Cam Newton accounting for a majority of the team’s rushing yards and an offensive line that couldn’t stop the pass rush. Brown saw a small decrease in number of snaps (584) last season, compared to the 754 he lined up for in 2015. Despite the reduction in snaps, he only saw one fewer target in 2016.
One of Brown’s major issues is with drops. It’s one of the reasons that he only started eight games in 2016 compared to 11 in 2015. It’s also one of the reasons that despite only seeing one fewer target in 2016, he recorded 171 fewer yards and only one touchdown.
Brown signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2014 out of Ohio State, with a three-year deal worth $1.545 million.