Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has an opportunity to move up one more spot on the franchise’s all-time receiving yards list Sunday in the home game against the Oakland Raiders.
With 42 receiving yards Sunday, Brown will surpass former wide receiver Louis Lipps (6,018) for the fourth-most receiving yards in franchise history. Additionally, the former sixth-round draft pick needs only 23 receiving yards on Sunday to become the fifth player in team history with 6,000.
Earlier this season, Brown moved ahead of Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann into fifth place on the Steelers all-time receiving yards list and the four-time Super Bowl winner recently commented on the player who passed him and what he brings to the Pittsburgh offense.
“I think Antonio’s speed, his ability to catch the ball and make great plays and improvise when Ben (Roethlisberger) is scrambling around has had a huge impact on this football team. It’s kept them in a lot of ball games,” said Swann.
Brown, who enters Sunday’s game against the Raiders with 52 catches for 718 yards and 3 touchdowns, is currently in fourth-place in the league in receiving yardage and tied for sixth in receptions. With starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger now back under center, there’s no reason to think that Brown’s second half stats won’t be better than those that he registered in the team’s first eight games.
While Swann obviously thinks highly of Brown, he said in his interview that he’s not in the busy of giving advice to Brown or any other young players in the league.
“They have their mindset and what they want to accomplish and what they want to do,” said Swann. “I think Antonio Brown is doing just fine the way he is right now.”
Brown, by the way, needs only 10 yards from scrimmage Sunday to surpass former running back Willie Parker (6,075) for the seventh-most in team history.