Patriots' Tom Brady on Antonio Brown: 'Easy to See Why He's Been an All-Pro'

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2019

El quarterback de los Patriotas de Nueva Inglaterra Tom Brady y el wide receiver Antonio Brown celebran después del touchdown de Brown en la primera mitad del juego ante los Dolphins de Miami, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2019, en Miami Gardens, Florida. (AP Foto/Lynne Sladky)
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Their connection wasn't always seamless, but Tom Brady came away impressed after playing his first game with Antonio Brown.

“I thought he did a great job,” Brady said of Brown during his weekly radio appearance on WEEI’s The Greg Hill Show. “To come in on a short week and then to establish a role for himself. It’s easy to see why he’s been an All-Pro. Just having one game under our belt together, there’s a lot of things I learned and he made a great catch on the touchdown and got us going early in the game.”

Brown had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in his first game as a Patriot. He caught Brady's first three passes of the game before hauling in a touchdown late in the second quarter. Their chemistry sputtered a bit after halftime, including a miscommunication on a route and a poorly thrown ball by Brady that caused a potential touchdown to fall incomplete.

“We’ll take a look at it on film,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick told reporters about Brown's play Sunday. “It was one week. There are a lot of things we can work on. But it was good to have him out there.”

Brown was in the lineup just days after he was sued by a woman for three separate allegations of sexual misconduct, including an alleged 2018 rape. Speaking through an attorney, Brown denied the allegations and said their sexual relationship was consensual. 

Brown and the woman, Britney Taylor, are scheduled to meet with NFL investigators this week. It's possible Brown will be placed on the commissioner's exempt list while the civil case plays out. There have been no police reports filed in either Pittsburgh or Miami, where the alleged events took place.

The Patriots, Brady and Belichick have essentially issued no comments on Brown's lawsuit. The Patriots said they are allowing the legal process to play itself out, and it's clear they plan to continue using him on the field as long as they do not face interference from the league office.

It would be borderline unprecedented for a player who is not under criminal investigation to be placed on the commissioner's list. 


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