WR Antonio Brown - Pittsburgh Steelers
|5-10, 186||Born: 7-10-1988||College: Central Michigan||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2010|
News you need to know
General News (Fri Feb 1): said his priorities are on winning during a video interview Friday, Feb. 1, at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. "I just want to win," Brown told USA Today. "I just want to win, play with a team that's gonna win. That's all I want. Doesn't matter where."
General News (Thu Jan 31): can still settle his differences with the team, former Steelers coach and current CBS analyst Bill Cowher said Wednesday, Jan. 30. "I'm hopeful that at some point, in my opinion, that coach Mike Tomlin, Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger will get in a room, shut the door and air their differences, and talk about where they are and see if there's any way they can get aligned moving forward," Cowher told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "... This is not a one- or two-year relationship. This is a period of time with all three of these guys. They've done some really special things. You just hate to see something get misinterpreted. If it's something irreconcilable, then you move on."
General News (Tue Jan 29): has not been granted permission to seek a trade, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
General News (Mon Jan 28): remains the subject of exploratory trade talks by the team, but Brown hasn't closed the door entirely on returning and has "maintained a steady dialogue" with some he's close to in the Steelers organization to further that cause, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
General News (Sun Jan 27): has admitted to former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens that he would like to move on from the Steelers.
Week 21: bye week
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Antonio Brown's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 16 vs NO (19 / 14 / 185 / 2 rec)
This was vintage Antonio Brown who could not be covered and was displaying a symbiotic connection with Ben Roethlisberger. Early on, the connection took a couple of throws to get starter. On the second possession of the game Brown had a step on his defender streaking down the field. Roethlisberger underthrew Brown and missed an easy touchdown. Again, in the The fun for Brown really came on the two long drives for the Steelers. Brown totaled 8-93-1 on the Steeler's two longest drives of the game. Brown's best catch of the day came on a non-catch. In the corner of the end zone Ben Roethlisberger threw a perfect pass to allow Brown to make a play on the ball. Brown caught the ball with one hand but couldn't get his second foot inbounds and missed a touchdown by a couple of inches. In the end the coverage didn't matter. Roethlisberger came right back to Brown, who was streaking down the field, for a touchdown. Brown was being double covered with bracket coverage and not high low coverage. Brown was able to simply outrun the coverage. Even with Brown's impressive day, he could have ended the day with an even bigger stat line.
2018 Week 15 vs NE (7 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
The most over used and true statement about the Steelers offense is that they try to take away the best option on the opposing team. In this week's match-up the Steelers were focusing on Antonio Brown. Every pass going his direction was met with tight double coverage. Antonio Brown's touchdown reception came on a back-shoulder reception on a seem route. Not many other wide receivers in the NFL could've made the same catch. While the Steelers have a strong number two wide receiver to draw coverage away from Antonio Brown opposing defenses are still able to focus in on Antonio Brown.
2018 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
After last week's explosion against the Chargers, Brown was quiet against the Raiders. Even with a tepid box score, Brown's speed was being respected when Browns defender was playing almost 10-yards off coverage. The defender began to backpedal, but Brown ran a simple hitch route for a first down. Brown also had a crucial catch on the final drive for the Steelers which led to a touchdown.
2018 Week 13 vs LAC (13 / 10 / 154 / 1 rec)
This was a flashback to dominant Antonio Brown. He was winning with strong moves at the catch point with excellent body control, dominated one on one coverage, and beat double coverage. In addition to his ten receptions, Brown's season-high total, Brown had a reception turned over because he didn't get a second foot down. Brown's highlight catch came against double coverage. Brown ran an in-breaking post route which broke the coverage of two defenders and Brown was found in the endzone for a touchdown.
2018 Week 12 vs DEN (13 / 9 / 67 / 0 rec)
The season of shadow coverage continued in Week 12 with Antonio Brown being covered most of the game by Chris Harris. In the 2018 version of the match-up the Steelers were trying to find creative ways to scheme Brown open. Putting him in bunch formations to allow natural pick to occur and putting him in the slot where Harris did not often lineup. The Steelers even tried some trickeration by having Antonio Brown throw a pass to Jaylen Samuels. If Brown would have connected with Samuels, the pass would have been an easy touchdown. Instead, Brown sailed the pass over his receivers head. Outside of his pass play, Browns usage was close to the line of scrimmage on wide receiver screens or timing out routes.
2018 Week 11 vs JAX (13 / 5 / 117 / 1 rec)
Brown's day was extremely long being covered by Jalen Ramsey. In the first half Ben Roethlisberger tried forcing the ball to Brown and was picked off twice, once in the end zone. Brown did have his revenge in the third quarter when he faked his route as a simple hitch, which Ramsey bit on, and Brown turned up field for a deep route in the middle of the field. Roethlisberger found Brown on the defensive lapse for a touchdown. Brown almost had a second touchdown in the game on a simple double move past Jalen Ramsey. Unfortunately, Roethlisberger didn't see Brown deep and checked the ball down to James Conner. Brown's biggest catch of the game came on the Steelers final drive after James Conner's dropped ball. Brown was streaking down the field and caught the pass over his left should displaying great anticipation with Ben Roethlisberger.
2018 Week 10 vs CAR (6 / 6 / 96 / 1 rec)
Roethlisberger's efficient day also meant a lack of volume in targets for the other pass-catchers. Luckily, Brown did not need much to be effective. Like most games, Roethlisberger was trying to establish a rhythm with Antonio Brown early. Roethlisberger hit Brown on two consecutive screen passes. Brown's best reception of the game came on his touchdown reception. Brown was able to gain just enough separation
2018 Week 9 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
Brown drew the tough match-up, for most of the game, of Baltimore's top defensive back, Jimmy Smith. Brown's touchdown reception came in the first quarter on a wide receiver screen. Brown was able to evade one defender and walk into the endzone. Brown's best reception of the day came on a crossing route which had him drag across the entire field and through traffic. With Jimmy Smith in trail coverage, Brown was able to make the reception. Brown almost had his second touchdown of the game in the fourth quarter. Being covered by Jimmy Smith, Roethlisberger's pass was behind Brown and the reception couldn't be hauled in.
2018 Week 8 vs CLE (8 / 6 / 74 / 2 rec)
Antonio Brown was matched up on the Cleveland Browns' talented rookie defensive back Denzel Ward for most of the day. Ward's coverage was tight on Brown all day and at times could have been considered defensive holding. Brown's first touchdown of the game came when Brown burned his defender and the safety was frozen from a Ben Roethlisberger pump fake. Brown's second score of the day came off a quick hitting wide receiver screen on the left-hand side of the formation. Brown's quick hips allowed him to transition from receiver to ball-carrier quickly at the goal line. Brown had on circus catch along the sideline on a pass thrown high from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown was able to highpoint the ball, tap his toes down in bounds, and showed incredible body control to twist and make the catch.
2018 Week 6 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 105 / 1 rec)
There were still opportunities for more, but Brown provided the Mortal Kombat finishing move to the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 6. The play may be viewed, by some, as controversial. The play itself did have a ěpickî nature to it where Justin Hunter picked the defender in front of him to allow Antonio Brown to get a free release. The play wasn't called a pick because the defender played so close to the line of scrimmage and there wasn't room for the receivers to get into their routes. Beyond the ěpickî part of the play, Antonio Brown showed amazing athleticism to outrun the coverage and score the game winning touchdown. Brown was also close on another long touchdown catch in the second quarter against Dre Kirkpatrick. Unfortunately, like all day long, Brown was being played extremely physically and was even held on the potential touchdown play.
2018 Week 5 vs ATL (13 / 6 / 101 / 2 rec)
The connection between Ben Roethlisberger and Brown started slow this week. Early in the game Roethlisberger escaped the pocket and threw off his back foot to Brown and it resulted in an interception. This result equals four of Ben's six interceptions coming from targets to Antonio Brown this season. Ben also missed Antonio Brown on a crossing route in second quarter which would have lead to a big gain after the catch and another almost interception where a defender had underneath position on Brown. Things course corrected for Brown and Ben in the third quarter. Brown exploded for two touchdowns. One was a route by Antonio Brown he had ran the exact same route twice against his defender and the second time was the charm. The second touchdown came on a deep throw from Roethlisberger where Brown was released, and the defender couldn't flip his hips and keep up downfield. By the time the over-the-top safety could come over to assist, Brown was off to the races.
2018 Week 4 vs BAL (11 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
The receiving weapons for Ben Roethlisberger were not on full display Week 4. Baltimore did have Brown matched up one on one during the first half but started rotating over safety help going into the second half. The most impressive catch of the night for Brown was his touchdown grab over a defender who had excellent coverage on him. Ben Roethlisberger put the ball right where his guy could get it. Unfortunately, even with drawing an additional five targets after his touchdown Antonio and Ben were not on the same page.
2018 Week 3 vs TB (9 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)
Brown's highlight catch of the day was on a smoke route reception from Ben Roethlisberger. Brown caught the ball, made a defender miss, and destroyed the angle of an oncoming defender. During the last two minutes of the first half Brown helped sustain the drive with a toe tap catch and drew a DPI in the endzone with 10 seconds remaining in the first half.
2018 Week 2 vs KC (17 / 9 / 67 / 0 rec)
It was not a normal Antonio Brown game. Even with high target volume, Brown was mostly targeted on check downs and was being missed deep by Ben Roethlisberger. Emotions ran high as you could see Brown frustrated with the communication between him and his quarterback. Brown did not hesitate to let his Offensive Coordinator know his feelings and was seen arguing on the sideline with him.
2018 Week 1 vs CLE (16 / 9 / 93 / 1 rec)
Brown was clutch and his connection with Ben Roethlisberger bailed out the Steelers when they needed it most. Even with double coverage, Brown caught a 22-yard touchdown after two consecutive scores were called back due to penalty. It isn't like Brown's stats were bad, you'd just like to see more from him when he is targets 16 times.
Latest NewsSteelers | Antonio Brown to meet owner next week (Fri Feb 15, 05:22 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is scheduled to meet with owner Art Rooney II next week, according to a source. Our View: We'll see what happens during this meeting. Brown has demanded a trade but that would require a lot of salary cap pain for the Steelers. Maybe the two sides can work something out but it seems like (at this point) that Brown is done in Pittsburgh.
link to story Steelers | Antonio Brown decides to meet with owner (Fri Feb 15, 02:06 PM) - Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown now plans to meet with owner Art Rooney II in the near future, according to sources. Our View: This contradicts an earlier report about the meeting, so Brown may have had a change of heart. He wants to be traded from the Steelers but doing so would be problematic for Pittsburgh's salary cap. Stay tuned.
link to story Steelers | Antonio Brown-Art Rooney II meeting unlikely (Fri Feb 15, 12:39 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has no plans to meet with team owner Art Rooney II, who is currently in Florida and hoping to meet with the disgruntled wide receiver. Talks on Brown's future are expected to ramp up at the upcoming NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. link to story Steelers | Pittsburgh to set Antonio Brown's destination (Fri Feb 15, 12:09 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown has demanded a trade and seems to have a list of desired landing spots, but the Steelers will determine where Brown goes. According to a local beat reporter, the Steelers do not want him going to another team in the AFC North and would prefer to ship him out of the conference entirely. To ensure that, the Steelers would even accept a seventh-round conditional draft pick for Brown rather than release him and have him pick his next destination. Our View: The marriage between Brown and the Steelers seems to be over. Now, the Steelers have to see what they could get for him and then eat about $21 million in dead money by trading away the star veteran.
link to story Colts | High-profile players not of interest to Colts? (Thu Feb 14, 06:43 PM) - Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown and Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell are not expected to be intensely pursued by the Indianapolis Colts this offseason. The Colts will have the most salary cap space in the league this offseason and will do their due diligence, but Brown's off-field drama and Bell's asking price may be too much for the Colts. Our View: The Bell non-interest seems a bit....odd. The Colts have over $100 million in cap space and Bell could put them over the top. Having Bell take handoffs and catch passes from Andrew Luck is like a dream come true. We'll see if they actually want to spend that money on a back who held out of the 2018 season entirely.
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