Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
6 days ago

Brown turned 11 targets into just four catches for 38 yards Sunday against the Bengals.

EDGE Analysis

Muddy conditions at Heinz Field didn't do him any favors, but it was still surprising to see Brown so ineffective after he scored two touchdowns in the season opener against Washington. The division-rival Bengals know how to play the Steelers tough, and he still easily led the team in targets, so a bounce-back effort is likely next week in Philadelphia. Last season's 1,834-yard campaign suggests this could be the low point of the star receiver's season.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
2 weeks ago

Brown caught a game-high eight passes (on 11 targets) for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's win over the Redskins.

EDGE Analysis

Brown's first touchdown of the season started the scoring for the Steelers, as he kept his concentration to haul in a contested pass on fourth-and-one from 29 yards out early in the second quarter. Later on, the All-Pro wideout found pay dirt from 26 yards, once again beating coverage downfield to find the end of a well-timed pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Even without deep threat Martavis Bryant (suspension) opposite him, Brown unsurprisingly showed no problem in getting open, proving just why he's so highly regarded in fantasy circles. As the top target in Pittsburgh's high-powered offense, Brown is simply as good as they come, and should be motivated for another big performance in next weekend's playoff rematch against the Bengals.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
4 weeks ago1 Comment

Brown agreed Tuesday to restructure his contract, increasing his 2016 pay from $6.25 million to $10.25 million, NFL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Steelers presumably converted $4 million of Brown's 2017 base salary into a signing bonus that will be paid either immediately or throughout the 2016 season. With 2017 standing as the final year of Brown's deal, Tuesday's move earned the Steelers some goodwill as they prepare to negotiate a massive extension with Brown next offseason. The 28-year-old is a mover than viable candidate to lead the NFL in receptions for a third straight year, especially with teammates Le'Veon Bell (suspension) and Ladarius Green (ankle) ruled out for the beginning of the season.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
4 weeks ago

Brown is among the Steelers' key players not slated to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Panthers.

EDGE Analysis

The same applies to fellow starting wideout Markus Wheaton, which sets the stage for the team's secondary options at the position to jostle for depth slotting in Thursday's contest.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
1 month ago

Brown caught four passes for 87 yards and a touchdown on four targets in Friday's preseason game against the Saints.

EDGE Analysis

Brown and Ben Roethlisberger played for the first time all preseason, leading the Steelers to 14 points on their first two drives. The second series was capped off by a perfect deep ball from Roethlisberger to Brown, who then outraced the defense for a 57-yard touchdown. With Le'Veon Bell (suspension) out for the first three weeks and Ladarius Green (ankle) perhaps joining him, Brown could be even busier than usual during the early part of the season, playing on a Martavis Bryant-less Pittsburgh offense.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
1 month ago

Brown will not play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell and DeAngelo Williams will all be held out as a precautionary measure for the second straight week. Brown will probably make a brief appearance in Pittsburgh's third exhibition, but that may be the extent of his involvement this preseason. With Martavis Bryant (suspension) out for the year and both Le'Veon Bell (suspension) and Ladarius Green (ankle/concussion) uncertain for the early part of the season, Brown could be in line for massive September workload.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
1 month ago

Brown is not slated to play in Friday's preseason debut against the Lions, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown will watch from the sidelines on Friday night, accompanied by some of the Steelers' biggest offensive weapons: Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, and Maurkice Pouncey. The Steelers currently have 11 wideouts on the active roster, leaving plenty of young wideouts to fill in during Brown's absence.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
2 months ago

Brown, who is said to be hopeful that his contract situation will be addressed before the start of the season, will report to training camp Thursday, ESPN.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown, who is coming off a fantasy-friendly 136-catch season in 2015, is scheduled to earn $6.25 million in base salary this coming season and $8.71 million in 2017. That's something of a bargain, compared to the salaries other top NFL wideouts haul in, but at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that he plans to engineer any sort of holdout. That's certainly good news for the Steelers, with fellow key wideout Martavis Bryant set to serve a one-year suspension and star running back Le'Veon Bell potentially facing a four-game suspension to start the coming campaign. In any case, a healthy Brown remains QB Ben Roethlisberger's top target and sits atop most fantasy wideout cheat sheets.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
8 months ago

Brown (concussion) was inactive for the Steelers' game against the Broncos on Sunday.

EDGE Analysis

The Pittsburgh offense struggled without Brown, who followed his stellar 2014 season with an even better 2015 campaign. This season, Brown caught 136 of 195 targets for 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ran for 28 yards on three carries and added 212 yards and a touchdown on 22 punt returns. Brown, who will be 28 when camp opens for the 2016 season, is well on his way to rewriting the NFL record book. He is the first player in NFL history with consecutive 125 catch seasons, and his 265 receptions are the most in any two consecutive seasons in NFL history. Since 2013, Brown has 375 receptions, the most in any three consecutive seasons in NFL history and, in 2015 he surpassed his own team record for receptions in a single season, and surpassed his own Steelers record for receiving yards in a single season. He has started 36 consecutive regular season games, the third longest active consecutive games started streak among NFL wide receivers, and has registered at least one reception in 84 consecutive regular season games dating back to October 2010.

Antonio Brown
WR PIT (8)
8 months ago1 Comment

Brown (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Broncos, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Brown thought early in the week that he would be able to play against the Broncos, but he did not show the needed improvement and remains in the league's concussion protocol, so he will not be available for Sunday's game. Markus Wheaton figures to step into Brown's starting receiver spot across from Martavis Bryant.