Week after week it sure seems like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown does something new during a game that leaves our jaws on the floor. Because of that, one would think that his quarterback would be very impressed as well, but that isn’t necessarily the case with Ben Roethlisberger.
“No, not really,” Roethlisberger said Wednesday when asked if Brown continues to amaze him. “It’s because we expect it every week.”
Over the course of the last two games, Brown has hauled in 27 passes for 463 yards and two touchdowns and that now has him heading into the team’s bye week with 79 receptions and a league-leading 1,141 receiving yards.
While Brown’s catches, runs after and flips might amaze most of his teammates, it’s what Brown rarely does that really amazes Roethlisberger the most during games.
“The biggest thing that awes me is when he drops a ball.” Roethlisberger said. “That’s a bigger deal than him making a great catch.”
According to Pro Football Focus, Brown has five drops so far this season while Stats, Inc. has Brown down for just two drops though 10 games. Our very own Jon Ledyard, however, who charts the Steelers offense on a weekly basis, has Brown down for a few more than five drops. He’s a tough critic, however.
Roethlisberger, however, did finally admit that he was impressed by Brown’s front-flip into the end-zone at the end of his 56-yard touchdown reception against the Browns.
“I guess the most amazing thing was that front flip he did,” said Roethlisberger. “Doesn’t mean we like it, but it was pretty amazing.”