In addition to previously believing that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown deserved a Grammy for his performance following a hit late in last year’s AFC Wild Card Game, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones revealed Wednesday that Brown is destined for something else gold in color.
“He’s going to wear a gold jacket soon. In my book, it’s A.J. [Green], Brown, then a couple more guys, the kid from New York has moved up a lot, Odell Beckham Jr.,” Jones said during his Wednesday conference call. “But those are the tier guys in the league.”
Sunday in Cincinnati, Jones will once again get a chance to cover Brown quite a bit when the Bengals host the Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium and it should be a great matchup to watch.
Despite being targeted 11 times in the Steelers Week 2 game against the Bengals, Brown only managed four receptions for 39 yards. In that game, however, the Steelers didn’t have running back Le’Veon Bell or tight end Ladarius Green to help take the pressure off Brown and Jones knows that won’t be the case this coming Sunday.
“They got a No. 2 receiver. His number is No. 89. And No. 26,” Jones said, per Jacob Klinger of PennLive.com. “Whatever one you want to put at No. 2 so we got a big task ahead of us. And Pittsburgh got a good football team.”
During his Wednesday session with the media, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger praised Jones, who enters Sunday’s game with just one interception on the season.
“Very good. A veteran guy. He’s wily,” Roethlisberger said of Jones. “He takes his chances, he gambles at times. But he also understands concepts and reads, does tape study and understands my alignments, what could come and what could happen. So a very good corner.”
As for Jones, he sounds confident about his team’s chances Sunday in Cincinnati against the Steelers.
“I know we’ll be eager for the challenge,” Jones said. “I won’t get into the game plan and tell you all that, but Paulie G [defensive coordinator Paul Guenther] always has something up his sleeve that’s a good game plan.”