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Just a few short weeks ago I sat watching Steelers’ practice and saw Antonio Brown make multiple mental mistakes. So much for his development.
But then he began to get more reps with injuries to Hines Ward and Emmanuel Sanders.
Working with the starters, Brown was beginning to stand out and has been outstanding in the preseason.
His latest effort Saturday night netted him four receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns as well as a 51-yard kickoff return to begin the game.
Brown had already been leading the team with five receptions this preseason for 93 yards but had his biggest plays with touchdown receptions of 77 yards and 44 yards.
His hard work is beginning to pay off.
“I’ll just continue to get better and improve day in and day out,” Brown said. “You can see the results just pan out.”
Brown’s teammates took notices, especially his quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
“He’s a really good football player,” Roethlisberger said. “He’s got good instincts.”
Brown is becoming another big play threat besides Mike Wallace and reminds me a lot of Santonio Holmes.
He demonstrated his breakaway speed which is huge when turning a short pass into a “splash play” as Mike Tomlin would say.
Brown has eased fears of the Steelers’ depth at receiver and has all but solidified himself as the No. 3, ahead of the injured Sanders and Jericho Cotchery.