PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown had a go-to reply when requested about his modest begin to the season and his plans to interrupt out.
“Watch the tape,” he stated.
Brown referred to the tape eight occasions in a one-minute span of his media interview Friday from his locker.
Brown is coming off a turbulent Week three that included lacking a piece day because of a private matter, tweeting “Commerce me let’s discover out” to a critic who stated he is not the identical receiver with out Ben Roethlisberger and a sideline confrontation with coordinator Randy Fichtner.
Brown bounced again with a landing and a 30-27 win at Tampa Bay.
However JuJu Smith-Schuster leads the group in receptions (27) and receiving yards (356), with Brown rating second with 24 catches for 210 yards.
Brown, who ranks third within the NFL with 42 targets, seemed to big-picture targets and burdened he cannot management when the ball comes his approach.
“My statistics are already there. I’ve already performed every little thing from a statistical level,” Brown stated. “Clearly, it is out of my management. I am unable to throw it to myself. However what’s essential is we proceed to win. I am getting lots of respect on the market. Guys are doubling me, tripling me. However what’s new? We have to proceed to win. Successful is most essential. Clearly I feel I am the top-rated receiver from 2010 (amongst) who’s within the league. It is all about profitable at this level.”
A number of occasions, Brown referenced not having management over whether or not the ball is thrown his approach.
From 2013-17, Brown set an NFL report with 5 straight seasons with at the very least 100 catches. Final 12 months, Brown was on an MVP-caliber tempo with 1,533 yards and 9 touchdowns earlier than struggling a Week 15 harm.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger nonetheless targets Brown early and sometimes however admits he is not forcing the ball to his prime receiver as a lot as of late, acknowledging the supporting forged is getting open and defenses are nonetheless double-teaming Brown.
Smith-Schuster stated he expects extra consideration from defenses, which can carry extra steadiness to the assault.
“I feel that is on the come, very quickly,” Smith-Schuster stated. “I feel I will get a double-team. Increasingly as time comes on, they are going to sluggish me down … Proper now, AB is taking the double-teams, I will get my performs in. When the time comes, if I get double-teamed, somebody has to make these performs.”
Requested if he considers himself a No. 1-caliber receiver, Smith-Schuster deferred to Brown whereas breeding confidence.
“Man, to be behind Antonio, I really feel like I do every little thing attainable simply to maintain up with that,” Smith-Schuster stated. “So, yeah.”
Brown is assured the large performs with Roethlisberger will come over a 16-game season. His media session was tamer than per week in the past, when Brown responded to the criticism with defiance. Requested concerning the change in tone, Brown stated he wasn’t upset final week and is blessed to play soccer, whereas teasing one thing greater.
“It is all about profitable a championship, getting within the Corridor of Fame,” Brown stated. “It is greater than me. Greater than stats. I am attempting to do one thing particular. So long as we proceed to win, the quantity will add up themselves. I am nonetheless doing my job, no matter if the ball is coming. I am nonetheless operating full pace, being an expert. Simply gotta proceed to do what’s proper.”