Seahawks' Brown: 'Weird feeling' to face former team Ariz. Cardinals

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jaron Brown (18) runs after a catch as Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Jahleel Addae reaches for the tackle during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull )

RENTON, Wash. - On Sunday, Jaron Brown will be in a familiar setting doing different things.

He'll walk into the visitors' locker room at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. - not the home one. Come game time, on the field, he won't stand on the sidelines with the Arizona Cardinals, as he did the first five years of his career. Instead he'll be on the opposite end, donning the blue and green of his former division rival, the team he used to hate: the Seattle Seahawks.

And the objective of it all? To score on the Cardinals and beat them because, well, that's the point - even though it may feel strange.

"It's kind of a weird feeling going back," Brown said. "Obviously, having a history with them. Still having friends on the team and everything. I'm excited."

The sixth-year wide receiver will play against his former team Sunday for the first time as a member of the Seahawks - the team he joined as a free agent this past offseason.

Brown said he doesn't expect to get too emotional, but head coach Pete Carroll sat down with the receiver anyway to discuss what could happen.

"Just recognizing that there's a conversation to say, 'OK, I got to be level-headed about this' and make sure that he's clear-headed about it and doesn't let the emotion of wanting to make all the plays and the statements," Carroll said. "It just comes natural to all of us when we have those kind of opportunities. ... I'm going to watch him all the way through the process, too, because sometimes it gets really hard."

Brown's impending return to Arizona follows his most memorable moment with the Seahawks.

In the win over the Cowboys last week, Brown scored his first Seahawks touchdown. He hauled in a 16-yarder from Russell Wilson in the second quarter to give Seattle a one-score lead, an advantage it wouldn't relinquish.

Brown has six receptions for 68 yards in three games with his new team.

"From the first week he was with us, he just seemed to have a handle on what it takes and what's important and how you do the job and how you work," Carroll said. "His background, his habits, his makeup all just show that he's a pro. That's kind of how we talk about him, he's a real pro. He just gets it. He's never wavered, he's just been on that the whole time."

In regards to being a 'pro,' Brown said he picked that up from Larry Fitzgerald, his former teammate and future Hall of Famer. The 15-year veteran showed him the tricks of the trade of being a receiver in the National Football League.

Brown posted career highs, across the board, in his last season with Arizona - 31 catches on 69 targets for 477 yards and four touchdowns (the career year followed a 2016 campaign cut short by an ACL tear).

"Fitz (Larry Fitzgerald) was my guy," Brown said. "He taught me how to be a pro. How to take care of my body off the field as well as some techniques, getting out and press and what not, techniques catching the ball. He taught me a lot."

As far as pinpointing a favorite memory with the Cardinals, it's tough, Brown explained; there are too many to choose from.

But the brief return to Arizona is a business trip. Brown will be in a familiar place with his old habits. He doesn't expect to trash talk with his former teammates because, well, he's not a big trash talking guy.

He'll look to beat the Cardinals, not help them win.

"At the end of the day, it's another game," Brown said.

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