Welcome to Brown Town
Dorian “The Trashman” Colbert, Rosterwatch.com
Third year Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is already in the record books. He stands as the first player in NFL history to have over 1,000 yds receiving and returning in the same season (2011). For those aware of the exploits of his father “Touchdown” Eddie Brown, this type of athletic prowess is expected. As the Arena Football League celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in 2006, Eddie was voted best player in league history.
Some pedigree, huh? Entrenched as Pittsburgh’s No.2 wide receiver coming into the 2012 season, Antonio has a chance to make himself a household name. This is especially the case if incumbent #1 WR Mike Wallace continues to hold out. Brown is acting as the first option in the passing game until Wallace reports to camp, which may not be anytime soon. The more Brown gets familiar with QB Ben Roethlisberger in the passing game, the better chance he has to become the favorite target for the All Pro QB when the regular season begins in September. There is also a good chance he’ll stick as the primary punt returner this season. For fantasy purposes, Brown is a double threat who should be treated as a No.2 receiver with No.1 upside. Draft him accordingly.
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