It hasn’t been the best start to the NFL season for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Aside from the Le’Veon Bell drama, the team is 1-1-1 and their star wide receiver Antonio Brown hasn’t had a fantastic first three weeks, grabbing just 24 passes for 210 yards and two scores.
Brown also added to the Steelers’ saga by clapping back at an ex-Steelers employee who said he wouldn’t be the same player if he didn’t have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the football. He missed a team meeting that same week as well.
While he did score a touchdown in Pittsburgh’s 30-27 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3, Brown certainly has had an uncharacteristically slow start to the season.
But if you ask him, that’s beyond his control.
“My statistics are already there. I’ve already done everything from a statistical point,” Brown said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “Obviously, it’s out of my control. I can’t throw it to myself. But what’s important is we continue to win. I’m getting a lot of respect out there. Guys are doubling me, tripling me. But what’s new? We’ve got to continue to win. Winning is most important. Obviously I think I’m the top-rated receiver from 2010 (among) who’s in the league. It’s all about winning at this point.”
Brown certainly has made his case as the league’s top receiver. For five consecutive seasons, he has caught at least 100 passes, and he amassed 1,533 yards and scored nine touchdowns last season before going down with an injury in Week 15.