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Updated Jul 28, 2014 - 8:28 am

Arizona Cardinals GM Steve Keim likes what he's seen from rookie John Brown

Arizona Cardinals rookie John Brown hauls in a pass during training camp at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. (Photo: Adam Green/Arizona Sports)

Speed kills.

If that old adage holds true, Arizona Cardinals rookie receiver John Brown is going to inflict a lot of punishment on opposing defensive backs in 2014.

Brown, a third-round pick out of Pittsburg State, was the third-fastest receiver at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, and according to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, a guest of Doug on Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, that speed is translating to the next level early in training camp.

"John Brown," Keim answered when asked whom fans should focus on during the team's first padded practice Monday. "I've said it on your show earlier in the offseason, he has been borderline dominating at times, to the point where you really have to temper your enthusiasm because I had said the pads had not come on yet.

"So now, how does John Brown respond when he's got two 6-foot-plus corners in his face pressing him and rerouting him at the line of scrimmage. How's he going to hold up as a smaller receiver going over the middle and Deone Bucannon comes across and wants to take his head off?"

Brown, who caught 61 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior in college last season, figures to battle veteran Ted Ginn, Jr. for the the third receiver spot behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd during camp.

It's early, but Keim likes what he has seen so far from the rookie.

"I can tell you, so far, we haven't been able to cover him."

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School: Arizona State University

When you started with Bonneville Phoenix: October 2011

Favorite sports memory: Watching Cardinals win NFC Championship over Philly in January 2009 with my Dad...ASU wins 1987 Rose Bowl...Suns defeat Lakers in 1990 NBA Playoffs...2001 World Series

Favorite all-time athletes: Don Mattingly, Jeff Hornacek, Walter Davis, Anquan Boldin

Favorite sports movies: Friday Night Lights, The Natural, Hoosiers

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