Antonio Brown Shows Why He Is Indispensable To Steelers’ Success

On a night in which there was little to take comfort for the Pittsburgh Steelers, there was still one hallmark of consistency in the ever-present smile of Antonio Brown, the team’s only All-Pro player from a year ago.

As the starters on both sides of the ball continually struggled, there was Brown continually working, trying to put himself into position to make plays. Sometimes Ben Roethlisberger was able to get the ball to him, and when he did, the offense came alive.

Brown led all players on the night with 59 receiving yards on three receptions, and it could have easily been more.

On one occasion, Brown was tripped up by an Eagles linebacker trying to cover him as he broke toward the inside.

Two plays later, he sensed Roethlisberger in trouble as he ran a crossing route. He broke off the route and cut upfield to give his quarterback an outlet to throw to, but the quarterback’s ball was behind the receiver, and the defender was able to catch up with it and knock it down.

Later, in the third quarter, a wide receiver screen in which he cut back all the way to the other side of the field for a gain of about eight yards was called back on a holding call on Justin Brown.

And that was just what he was prevented from accomplishing. Two plays after the reception called back by penalty, Brown ran a wheel route on third and two and made the reception over his shoulder for 18 yards.

Roethlisberger looked for Brown down the seam on the next play and made the tough catch in traffic for 22 yards.

Earlier in the game, Brown came down with another short catch in traffic on third and four, bouncing off of tacklers for a 19-yard gain.

There may be a lot of question marks surrounding the 2014 edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers, on both sides of the ball, but Antonio Brown is not one of them. On a sharper night from Roethlisberger, the two could have helped write a different script for the night’s show.

The Steelers will need Brown to be the player he was last year, and during this preseason, if they are going to find success this season, because as we’ve seen, this team struggles to move the ball when it’s not in his hands.

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  • SteveM2

    Anyone who went to St. Vincent and stayed until the end of each day’s sessions couldn’t help-but-notice one thing: Antonio Brown not only did extra work on his game once the scrimmages were over, he also stayed afterwards to sign as many fans’ autographs as possible.

    Moral of story? Number 84 out-works everyone else, and appreciates those who appreciate him. I wish there were more pro athletes with Antonio Brown’s work ethic and attitude.

  • steelster

    I wish all the steeler player’s had the same passion for the game as antonio Brown

  • Tiger Jimmy

    A.B. has fly-paper hands and often turns a 9 yarder into 47 yarder running sideways; that’s against CB’s with 4.4 speed my friend.

  • Gautama Om

    Sorry but I’ve seen and been saying this over 2 years ago when I bashed Wallace while using AB’s attitude as a contrast/comparison. Of course back then I got bashed on that OTHER forum for exposing Wallace early on while AB hardly got no where near the recognition he does today.

    The signs were all there early on their careers, regarding both AB and Wallace.

    Update: Wallace, as of a couple weeks ago, is so frustrated that he and Tannehill cannot connect that he starting blaming referees for not calling holdings on Dolphins WR’s and I quote: “Not on our team. We don’t get those calls.”

  • Bill

    AB is a great player because he understands what it takes and as anyone who has been a success knows, 40 hours a week doesn’t get it!

  • Aric Brown

    Brown will catapult himself into the national discussion for best WR in the game sooner than later

  • R1ddl3_0f_$t33l

    Antonio has been a huge reason for our success (what little we have had) since 2010.
    His very first touch in the NFL was a kick return reverse for a TD to open the 2010 season.
    One of very few players who earned the distinction of racking up 1000 yards receiving and 1000 yards on kick returns in the same year.
    If there is any heir-apparent to the mantle Hines Ward left behind– it is most certainly this guy. He needs to be a Steeler for life.

  • walter mason

    I bet he doesnt drive around before games looking to cop some weed.

  • walter mason

    Yes his talent was obvious on his first touch.

  • steeltown

    Haha yea I read that