Breaking Down Antonio Brown’s Breakout Campaign in Pittsburgh

November 13, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers had a decision to make last offseason. There was no way they could afford to sign wide receivers Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown, so they had to pick one to keep and one to let walk. The Steelers opted to keep Brown and let Wallace leave.
As we approach Week 11 of the 2013 NFL season, it appears that the Steelers made the right decision. Brown has been remarkable in his No. 1 receiver role. Brown currently leads the league with 67 catches and has become the favorite target of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in a hurry. Brown only needs two more receptions on the season to match his season high.
But, what makes Brown so special? In a word, it's speed. This isn't speed like Wallace speed. Wallace was limited in his route tree and essentially outran the defender or nothing. Brown's speed allows him to utilize a much more diverse route progression. He's also smart. He works with Roethlisberger, and they have developed excellent chemistry.
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