On Thursday, John Clayton of ESPN announced his midseason All-Pro team and it includes one Pittsburgh Steelers player.
While Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been overlooked so far by many NFL fans as it relates to the early Pro Bowl voting results, Clayton certainly has been paying attention to what the former sixth-round draft pick has accomplished so far this season, and more importantly, how he’s accomplished it.
That the best receiver in 2015 has 69 catches for 1,002 yards despite not having Ben Roethlisberger for four games is incredible.
Brown enters the Steelers Week 10 game against the Cleveland Browns as the league’s second place pass catcher in both receptions and receiving yardage as only Julio Jones has more of each. Additionally, Brown has already managed to register 14 catches of 20 yards or more this season.
Had Steelers starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger not missed four games earlier this season with his injured left MCL, Brown more than likely would be on pace to break the single-season receiving yardage record that is currently held by Calvin Johnson (1,964).
Currently, Brown is on pace to break his own single-season receiving yardage record this year that he set just last season (1,698). However, in order to stay on that pace, he’ll need another solid game Sunday against the Browns and without Roethlisberger under center as the Steelers quarterback is slated to miss the game with a left foot sprain.
During his career against the Browns, Brown has registered 44 catches for 728 yards and 4 touchdowns with most of those catches coming against Pro Bowl cornerback Joe Haden. Currently, Haden is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Steelers because of a concussion that he suffered a few weeks ago.