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PostSubject: Antonio Brown's slow start   Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:30 am

Interesting take from Bucky Brooks on Antonio Brown's slow start:

Antonio Brown's slow start; plan for Josh Rosen; Mack for MVP?

Former NFL player and scout Bucky Brooks knows the ins and outs of this league, providing keen insight in his notebook. The topics of this edition include:

-- A blueprint for how to get the most out of one of the league's promising young passers.

-- The defensive player making a strong case for MVP front-runner status.

-- An emerging star who deserves your attention.

But first, a look at the surprisingly quiet start for a player who's made lot of noise for a long time ...

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What's going on with Antonio Brown?

That question might seem out of line, based on the six-time Pro Bowler's status as arguably the best wide receiver in the game, but something isn't right with No. 84's production for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Despite receiving the second-most targets (42) in the league through the first three weeks of action, Brown ranked 30th in receiving yards (210) with only two receptions of at least 20 yards. He is averaging fewer than 10 yards per catch (8.8; well below his career average of 13.4) and looks nothing like the impact player who compiled five straight seasons with 100-plus catches and 1,200-plus receiving yards.

Why aren't the Steelers getting spectacular production from their WR1 when they are tossing the ball around the yard more than ever? AB himself was asked about the topic on Friday, and he suggested reporters "watch the tape" to find some answers. Well, I've done just that.

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PostSubject: Re: Antonio Brown's slow start   Sat Sep 29, 2018 8:12 am

So he's basically saying it's on Fichtner and I don't disagree. I think it starts the way it has worked for years. Get the running game going to set up the passing game. Connor is more than capable. Plus the little I've been able to watch so far AB has been on one side too much. He needs to move around to keep the defense guessing.
Think about this. We're averaging just shy of 30 PPG which is what we said we'd average last year. Now just think if Fichtner designs some plays to get the ball to AB that other teams haven't figured out yet.

That could give us the ability to outscore anyone and cover for our lousy secondary. Just saying.
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PostSubject: Re: Antonio Brown's slow start   Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:48 am

Viewing AB antics on the sideline against the Chiefs he probably agrees it's on Fichtner.
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PostSubject: Re: Antonio Brown's slow start   Sat Sep 29, 2018 4:05 pm

I know if my defense was playing the Steelers offense I'd be taking away Ben's security blanket AB. hope TE McDonald can stay healthy he's been looking good and should open up AB more often.

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