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Receiver John Brown finds a new home with the Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Mark Dalton/Arizona Cardinals)

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Location, location, location.

A realtor will tell you those are the three most important factors in buying a home.

Well, rookie wide receiver John Brown has found a home, and it's located in the middle of some prime real estate within the Arizona Cardinals' locker room.

"He's over here in the suburbs with us," Carson Palmer said.

The suburbs is that area of the locker room -- the far right side -- reserved for the quarterbacks.

Typically, players are grouped by position, but there Brown resides with Palmer to his right and Drew Stanton to his left.

"I was kind of shocked because all of my receivers are over there (points to the other end of the locker room), so I'm expecting to be over there," Brown said. "When I came in (Tuesday), I was lost. I couldn't find my locker. I never checked over here."

"When I came in (Tuesday), I was lost. I couldn't find my locker. I never checked over here." - John Brown

The new surroundings come with a few perks, like quicker access to the cafeteria and equipment room plus a better view of the big screen TV.

"I'm not worrying about the TV," Brown said, "but you know I've got the three quarterbacks (including third-string Logan Thomas). I just talk football to them. I'm not too much worrying about the view right there."

The locker move was by design, requested by Palmer, who has developed a strong relationship with the third-round pick out of Pittsburg State.

"He's a guy that I like to kind of be talking through certain situations as practice comes up," Palmer said. "He and I have had a great working relationship and this gives us a chance to go over some things during practice that we can cover after practice in different situations like that."

Their relationship started in OTAs, according to Brown, the team's No. 3 receiver, and then the two "really connected" over the summer when Palmer invited the 24-year-old to work out with him in Southern California.

"It's good," said Brown of his new locale, "because we do a lot of talking and communicating and I think it eased my mind and helped me a lot."

But might he be worried about some jealousy from his fellow receivers that perhaps since he now sits among the quarterbacks, they might look his direction a little bit more than say Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd or Ted Ginn?

"Not all. They haven't said anything about it or given me a hard time," said a smiling Brown, before turning his attention to the Week 1 opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football. "I'm ready to go and just show guys that I can do what I've been doing."

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School: Syracuse University, '96

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Favorite sports memory: Game 7, 2001 World Series

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