After uncertainty around his utilization on the field for the New England Patriots, wide receiver Antonio Brown showed up and certainly put on a show during his Patriots debut. After four receptions on five targets, along with one rush attempt for a total of 61 yards and a touchdown, it is clear that Brown is doing everything he can to learn the Patriots offensive playbook.
Brown led the Patriots receiving corp in reception yards tallying 56 yards on his four receptions. The thing that makes his performance even more incredible, is the fact that he still doesn’t know the Patriots whole playbook.
According to reports, Brown has been staying at the practice facility and putting in overtime with backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham so he can adapt and learn the playbook faster. The faster Brown learns the offensive plays and schemes, the sooner his utilization will increase, which is what both he and the team want. While Brown is already a weapon for quarterback Tom Brady, a fully caught up Brown would be even scarier.
Brown, who has worn number 84 throughout his career has officially chosen the number 17, that was once worn by his father. He appeared to fit right in with the Patriots organization, between his giant smile on the sideline and the interactions with his teammates it was clear Brown was there to just do his job.
Brown’s dad, “Touchdown” Eddie Brown was considered one of, if not the greatest Arena Football League players in history. While their relationship was rocky when Brown was younger, the two developed a very close relationship over the years.
After being the center of attention for so long during his brief tenure with the Oakland Raiders, and a now looming sexual assault case filed by his former trainer, Brown is looking to leave the past in the past, so he can focus on himself and his future. While it is unclear what will come of the case for Brown’s future, it is clear that the Patriots want to utilize him as much as possible and to his full potential.
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