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Carson Palmer to John Brown expected to be a rising combo

But we all sort of expect that.

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Arizona Cardinals fans are well aware of the great relationship quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver John Brown have. Palmer took Brown under his arm after he was drafted. Brown has stayed with Palmer in California to work with him the past two offseasons.

Brown was a hit with the coaches each of the past two offseason as well, and he made big plays during the season.

Now the duo is appearing on a recent list from, the top 10 pitch-and-catch duos.

The Cardinals' passing game largely runs through big-bodied wideouts Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, but Palmer could help Brown become the next small receiver to take the NFL by storm. The Pittsburg State product got lost in the shuffle of an all-time rookie receiver class last season, but he made quite a splash in his own right, hauling in 48 receptions for 696 receiving yards and five touchdowns in a part-time role. Brown is an exceptional deep-ball threat with blazing speed (he posted a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine), quickness and burst. He isn't a polished route runner at this point, but Brown is such an explosive athlete that Palmer will be able to target him whenever he spots a favorable matchup against an inferior CB3.

Bruce Arians knows how to take little, speedy receivers and turn them into something good. Just look at the past few -- Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and T.Y. Hilton. Brown had nearly 1700 yards receiving. Sanders cleared 1400 and Hilton 1300 last season.

The way you hear Bruce Arians talk, Brown is like the the number two option in the offense after Andre Ellington. It changes game by game, but after almost 700 yards with three QBs throwing to him, who knows how much he will produce with a healthy Palmer?