Steelers WR Antonio Brown Poised For Another 1,000 Yard Season?

By Jeremy Hritz

Veteran Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress recently had some interesting comments about fourth-year receiver Antonio Brown. He said, “[Brown] is going to be one of the most feared receivers in the league this year.”

Mr. Burress, we hope you are right.

Being without their number one receiver from the past two seasons, the Steelers would love nothing more than for Brown to make up for the production that will be lost from the departed Mike Wallace. And during his short time in Pittsburgh, he has shown that he can make big plays.

The 5’10, 186 pound Brown enters the 2013 season carrying the expectation of being the Steelers featured receiver. At 24 years young, Brown has been productive in his first three seasons, though injuries and dropped passes disrupted his season in 2012. What also has to be acknowledge from this past season was his penchant for fumbling, none more costly than his fumble on a punt return in the fourth quarter against Dallas when the Steelers were on their way to securing a victory. While his yardage and catches declined last season, his touchdown receptions increased, and there is no doubt that anything less than a 1000-yard season this year would be a disappointment.


Brown clearly understands his new expectations, and he is approaching his preparations in a workmanlike fashion, already donning game pants in OTAs apparently to replicate game conditions. While a minor effort, it still demonstrates close attention to detail, and this type of conscientiousness is essential to being a team leader. The question is, will these efforts result in increased receptions and yardage?

If Brown is going to be one of the leaders of the Steelers offense, he will need to be more mindful of his comments off of the field. This offseason he was vocal about the “awkwardness” in the locker room as a result of Wallace’s contract dispute and the Emmanuel Sanders situation when he said , “I don’t think that they (the Steelers) really like guys that don’t do things their own way.” While Wallace is gone, Sanders is still around, and it is uncertain how such a comment has impacted the relationship between the two receivers.

As the Steelers attempt to move beyond the pedestrian 8-8 win/loss record of 2012, Brown has to make sure that his focus is completely on what is in front of him, and not on the issues from a year ago, or even from the early offseason.

Recently, during the first week of OTAs, Brown said, “I have to set the tempo and set the standard around. That’s what I am ready to do. I understand the tradition and how things need to be done.”

Steelers Nation will measure Brown’s “understanding” by his catches, touchdowns, and splash plays, and if he is truly the Steelers new number one, he will need to make many of these.

  • TJimmy

    I hope he matures some more. He needs to be more humble and less opinionated. I see his catch total last year was similar to the year before. Could the lower YPC be due to the short passing game?

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I could care less how humble or opinionated he is as long as he backs it up and of course keeps the screw ups down to a minimum.

  • dgh57

    Show more more maturity and less “showboating” when he scores with a dash more production will do fine for starters! Like the running backwards into the end zone from the 20 yard line that a penalty was called on…ect….ect!!

  • TJimmy

    The screw ups are from showboating and immaturity

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Stop it. I won’t make a point on immaturity, but to say the screw ups are because of show boating is ridiculous. I like the fire he has on the field. A show boat needs to back it up, and if he doesn’t then he looks stupid.

  • 2443scott

    i agree with the other comments he is and needs to keep growing up …i think when wallace was doing all his crap brown tried to hard to step in and up and didnt let his talent carry him …he saw this i think and decided not to go the wallace route and signed a new contract ….plus now he has some young guns of his own in this batch rookies to push him to get better which make him and team better…..i think wallace was a cancer for alot the stuff in pittsburgh with the wrs last year with he wanting ball then doing nothing with it when others could done more thats all gone this year i hope but then there is sanders will he do same stuff wallace did .

  • TJimmy

    It’s good to have fire, but it has to be tempered in a way that doesn’t hurt the team. Brown himself has stated he needs to be more humble. His showboating has hurt the team with unsportsmanlike conduct penalties.

  • steeltown

    I like what A.Brown said at one of his OTA interviews, when asked about how he and the offense can/will improve, one of the first things he said was “ball security is key”

    With everything going on in this offseason, some are forgetting that we now have Mann as our WR Coach, this guy is a no nonsense and detail orientated coach. I think the WR’s will thrive under Haley and Mann’s watchful eye

    On a side note, anyone notice A.Browns physique… he looks like he’s added some muscle (lbs)

  • steeltown

    Yea I think the shorter passing game translated to a lower YPC for A.Brown, that and the fact that Wallace was struggling and was not scaring Defenses as much last season, Teams weren’t constantly double teaming him

  • Steve

    Lower YPC can be changed if he catches it and does NOT fumble. That Fumble against the Cryboys cost us the game. AB needs to run once he catches it and that will make up within the dink and dunk.

  • Steve

    AB needs to be himself and not some Jackass that shuffled off to South Beach. The Money Crew was a bunch of talk and didn’t produce. We need positive actions from our WR group.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    3 penalties. 2 were in the preseason, and 1 of those was for taunting and the other was for celebrating with a teammate. The other penalty for backpedalling on a punt return didn’t hurt the team, because it was declined after C. Brown was called for a block in the back. I was at that game and the crowd loved AB’s celebration. The NFL rules on taunting are created by a bunch of tightwads and hardly show much consistency.