Being part of one of the biggest and most dramatic trades of the offseason does not appear to have affected Oakland Raiders new wide receiver Antonio Brown, who after many complaints about his prior home in Pittsburgh was finally given the boot for a couple of draft picks.
In his new home, Brown seems very happy lining up next to two other receivers brand new to the roster and catch passes from a veteran 3x Pro Bowl quarterback, Derek Carr, who has yet to win a Super Bowl ring or even come close, with only one playoff run, a Wild Card loss in 2016, to show for his five year NFL career in Oakland.
And that’s the whole point of bringing in talent like Antonio Brown, to win games and get to the postseason, so it will be on his shoulders to reignite a team that went 4-12 last season and so we take a look at and analyze the odds and predictions of Browns’ total 2019 receiving yards and touchdowns.
Thirty-year-old Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. is arguably one of the top NFL receivers currently playing, born in Miami, Florida in 1988 to Adrianne Moss and retired Arena Football League star (who was voted best player in league history) Eddie Brown.
Antonio Brown was an excellent two-sport athlete in high school (football and track) but due to academic difficulties, once he graduated he had to enroll at North Carolina Tech Prep and played quarterback for them, in five games Brown throwing for 1,247 yards and 11 touchdowns while rushing for 451 yards and 13 touchdowns.
After his year at North Carolina Tech Prep, Brown received a scholarship to Florida International University but was quickly expelled due to an altercation with security, so then he followed a receivers coach who had highly recruited him, Butch Jones, to Central Michigan in 2007, joined the football team as a walk on and received a scholarship shortly thereafter.
At Central Michigan, Brown averaged +1,000 yards receiving and +175 yards rushing per season with 26 total touchdowns during his three years playing there, posting the top three seasons with the most receptions in school history.
After a slow start his NFL rookie year with the Pittsburgh Steelers (spent mostly returning kicks), Brown turned into a productive receiver, posting 1,100+ yard seasons in seven of his next eight seasons and catching a total of 74 touchdowns in that same amount of time.
Brown led the league in total receiving yards twice (2014 & 2017) and has led the league in total receptions twice (2014 & 2015) as well as led the league in receiving touchdowns in 2018, he’s a 7x Pro Bowler and a 4x First-team All-Pro and has thereby established himself as one of the premier receivers in the NFL.
He was, and that has a lot to do with his speed, which Brown developed at an early age in high school when he was a two-time state qualifier in the 100-meter dash and was the anchor of the Florida state championship 4 x 100 meter relay squad.
In Brown’s eight years of returning NFL kicks, he has caught 186 punts and ran them back for 1,759 yards and 4 touchdowns while returning 47 kickoffs for 1,173 yards.
As Brown has become a top-level NFL receiver, his kick return numbers have dropped off in order to prevent injury and wear-and-tear on his body, and in 2018 he returned zero punts and kick offs.
There are still a lot of Pittsburgh Steelers fans who are asking that same question, especially after the team had just given him a solid four-year extension on his contract worth $68 million making him the highest paid receiver in the NFL.
But then things got a bit ‘dramatic’ between he and veteran quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and words were said and after practices were skipped (by Brown) he was finally benched for a game against their division rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, and not long after he began requesting to be traded.
The Oakland Raiders, in the midst of a giant Jon Gruden fueled rebuild, jumped at the opportunity to give his team’s quarterback, Derek Carr, a legitimate deep threat to help pull attention away from their other receivers and new rookie running back, Josh Jacobs.
The Raiders traded a third- and fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL to get Brown and picked up his contract, including the extension he just got, and as a result the odds of Oakland getting to the Super Bowl have actually improved.
To read more on that story, take a look at our prior coverage: Antonio Brown Trade Improves Oakland Raiders Super Bowl Odds
The main thing Antonio Brown wanted was a fresh start, and he got just that in Oakland, a franchise in the midst of a giant rebuild with a possible future Hall of Fame head coach in Jon Gruden who has the kind of offensive mind that will serve Brown well.
Quarterback Derek Carr threw for 4,000+ total yards last season, averaging 253.1 yards through the air per game but only completing 7 passes over 40-yards last season (tied-for-sixteenth in that category).
Brown’s role will be to stretch the Raiders’ offense vertically and to draw as much coverage as he can down field in order to free up the middle of the field for slot receivers and the tight end as well as their newly improved run game with rookie Josh Jacobs, the Alabama running back selected in the first round (24th pick overall).
When it comes to dancing, best not to mess with Antonio Brown, because he actually made it to the semifinals of season 22 of the popular television show Dancing with the Stars, where in 2016 he competed alongside professional dancer Sharna Burgess and finished the show in fourth place overall.
As for singing, let’s just say that Brown doesn’t have the same impressive resume, having been eliminated in the first round of the American version of the television show The Masked Singer in January of 2019 after wearing a hippo costume and singing the Bobby Brown hit, My Prerogative.
And one final note of additional (and legitimate) fame for Antonio Brown, in 2019 he received the prestigious honor of becoming the cover athlete for Madden NFL 19, a popular accolade every pro football athlete truly envies.
If Antonio Brown were still playing on the Pittsburgh Steelers and catching balls from future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger, betting the over on the following bets would feel like a sure thing.
Except now Brown is playing on a brand new offense with a brand new coach and offensive coordinator while he’s catching balls from a brand new quarterback (to him) who has not won a Super Bowl twice, so there’s definitely reason to doubt that Brown will put up his usual numbers right away.
However, to doubt a guy like Brown who has twice led the league in each of these two categories is foolhardy, so with that said we take a look at and analyze the odds and predictions of Antonio Browns total receiving yards and touchdowns in 2019.
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Along with Antonio Brown, the Oakland Raiders’ receiving room has two more new starters in Tyrell Williams (LAC) and J.J. Nelson, so it will take a while to see how Carr can handle three new targets all hoping for more catches.
In Pittsburgh, Brown caught for north of 1,250.5 yards during six of his nine years there, with four of those being 1,400+ yard seasons, so he can obviously get it done, but now he is playing on the Raiders, a team whose passing attack ranked 18th last season instead of second overall like the Steelers’ did.
Chances are that the Oakland Raiders are going to take full advantage of trading for a deep threat like Brown and they will game plan around him, so it will be up to him to stay healthy and get open, two things that have not been a big problem for him in the past.
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When Antonio Brown is playing well and in sync with his quarterback, catching touchdown passes happens in double digits, like it did in 2014 (13), 2015 (10), 2016 (12) and 2018 (15) but in his other four NFL seasons he would have definitely lost the Over bet here.
Brown has stressed how important it is to have a relationship with his quarterback, and where he failed in that in Pittsburgh with Big Ben he has vowed to make it work in Oakland with Carr.
With regards to his connection with Carr, Brown has told the media, “It’s tremendously important to have a relationship off the field because playing football you get mentally tired, you get frustrated, you always want to have that respect for the guy to know where he’s coming from, know what he stands for and know what’s important to him so you guys can be on the same page, and do what you desire to do — and you desire to win,”
Of course, whether that translates to 10+ touchdown receptions is an entirely different story.
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