It’s been an eventful couple of months for Antonio Brown, someone who is clearly not interested in an “offseason.” He danced with the stars, finishing third. But he kept to his intense training regimen, training out West during his TV stint.
He also spent time with some of the top receivers in the league, working out with the New York Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. and the Miami Dolphins’ Jarvis Landry during the offseason. He brought in cornerbacks like the Minnesota Vikings Xavier Rhodes to spar against. The New York Jets’ Geno Smith flew down to Miami to throw to the group.
From ESPN’s James Walker.
“A lot of it feels like it’s made up by AB [Brown], but it’s some good stuff in there,” Landry told Walker. “A lot of footwork drills. We get some one-on-one in there against corners like Xavier Rhodes and guys like that. It’s really just getting a feel for playing outside receiver. Being a shorter guy, I kind of look to AB for that motivation.”
There is no one playing wide receiver who has the feet like Brown, known for his quick cuts and ability to make defenders miss in space.
And I guess Beckham didn’t mind Brown breaking his world record earlier this year, either.
Brown and Landry also worked out last offseason. Brown finished with a career high 136 catches for 1834 yards. Landry had a fantastic, though not quite as gaudy, campaign with 110 grabs for over 1150 yards. He was also an accomplished return man, recording one punt return for a touchdown.
Beckham, of course, had a remarkable season too, nearly 100 receptions and 1450 yards while finding the end zone 13 times.