Devin McCourty calls Antonio Brown the best wide receiver in the NFL

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Because of suspensions, we’re unlikely to see Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Patriots running back LaGarrette Blount when the 2015 NFL season opens up on Thursday, September 10.

Those guys may be missing, but Patriots safety Devin McCourty thinks the crowd at Gilette Stadium will still get a chance to watch the best wide receiver in the NFL go about his business. During an appearance on ESPN Thursday, McCourty revealed his top five at the position and put Antonio Brown at the top of the list.

“I think this is one of the hardest positions to even evaluate. Because first of all, you look at the receiver position and the first thing you want to do is put these freak athletes like Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant [at the top],” McCourty said, via CSNNE.com. “But I started my list with Antonio Brown. We talk about all these guys that are big and talented and fast — they can do everything. But this little guy led all receivers last year. He did everything while still punt returning. You can look at everything that a guy brings to the table, but don’t disregard production and I thought he was the No. 1 productive receiver last year so I put him there.”

Brown led the league in catches and receiving yards last season, so there’s not much of an argument about his productivity. With the Patriots breaking in an overhauled cornerback group, McCourty will play a big role in making sure Brown doesn’t get off to a good start in his attempt to repeat as the champ in those two categories.

55 responses to “Devin McCourty calls Antonio Brown the best wide receiver in the NFL

  1. Tom Brady would say that Rodgers, Manning, Brees, Luck and Wilson are the top 5 QB’s in the league.

    Then work his butt off to beat them all.

    Geno Smith would call himself a Top 5 QB and then fall straight to the bottom

  2. I am thankful nearly every day of my life that the Steelers chose to keep Brown over Wallace. He made it an easy decision for them by displaying his work ethic and fearless play on the field.

  3. magnumpimustache says:Jul 10, 2015 11:33 AM

    Tom Brady would say that Rodgers, Manning, Brees, Luck and Wilson are the top 5 QB’s in the league.

    Then work his butt off to beat them all.

    Geno Smith would call himself a Top 5 QB and then fall straight to the bottom

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    Relevant….

  4. pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown totals 100 yards:

    10 wins – 6 losses

    pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown records 2 touchdowns:

    3 wins – 3 losses

  5. stillers213–I totally agree with you. Even though it wasn’t very popular with Steelers fans at the time, they definitely made the right move in getting rid of Wallace and investing in Brown. Wallace can run one kind of route and won’t go over the middle, Brown can do everything.

  6. doctorrustbelt says:
    Jul 10, 2015 11:59 AM
    pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown totals 100 yards:

    10 wins – 6 losses

    pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown records 2 touchdowns:

    3 wins – 3 losses
    ___________________________________

    Okay……………………………………….

  7. pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown totals 100 yards:

    10 wins – 6 losses

    pittsburgh steelers record when antonio brown records 2 touchdowns:

    3 wins – 3 losses

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    Not a Steelers fan but those stats are misleading…if they are behind they are going to air it out; ahead – they will hand the keys over to Bell.

  8. Wes Welker lead the league one year in receiving, but I wouldn’t have called him the best. Not to take anything away from Brown, dude is a beast. But, for me, it’s:

    1 . Calvin
    2. Dez
    3. Antonio Brown
    4. Julio Jones
    5. AJ Green

    Tough to leave Larry Fitz off this list, he could easily be up there too.

  9. “Not a Steelers fan but those stats are misleading…if they are behind they are going to air it out; ahead – they will hand the keys over to Bell”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    le’veon bell has 5 games over 100 rushing yards.

    3 of those 5 games… antonio brown had 100 yard games.
    The other 2 games… antonio brown had over 90 yards.

  10. McCourty and the Patriot way: compliment the other team, don’t give them any bulletin board material, then let your actions do the talking on the field. It’s something some coaches could learn (….of course, I’m talking about Rex, who else would immediately come to mind?….)

  11. The Pittsburgh Steelers certainly made the right move in keeping Brown over Wallace. Now Big Ben, AB and company need to do it when it counts, in the playoffs.

  12. “McCourty and the Patriot way: compliment the other team, don’t give them any bulletin board material, then let your actions do the talking on the field”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Oh.. and… deflate balls, videotape opponents, and electronically interfere with opponent’s radio signals in foxboro.

  13. “Not likely” to see Brady in the opener??

    At this point, given the fact that any judge would laugh at the “evidence” of the Wells Report (which actually shows that no deflation occurred) that it’s “more probable than not” that Brady either gets the suspension overturned or gets a court injunction on the suspension until a court can throw out Goodell’s findings like it has with pretty much every other NFL witch hunt

  14. bengals playoff record since Antonio Brown was born

    1 win – 7 losses

    bengals record vs steelers since AB was drafted

    2 wins – 8 losses

  15. Talking up the next opponent is the Patriot Way.

    Of course, this time it is not just talk.

  16. It’s July 10 and were already working on the Steelers game.It’s great being a Pats fan 🙂

  17. It is hard to compare, because there are so many different things that you want a receiver to be.

    Brown is explosive with the ball in his hands. He runs crisp routes. He has the speed to get separation on long routes and the quickness to separate on short ones. While he lacks size, he is still physical fighting for balls. He also has an very good football IQ, so he understands the offensive concepts and how to use them against different coverages.

    It is extremely difficult to put any receiver in front of Calvin Johnson, though. Megatron has all of the same qualities and elite size as well. However, it is easy to look at Brown as arguably the second best wideout in the game. AJ Green, Dez Bryant, Damariyus Thomas and Larry Fitzgerald deserve to be part of the conversation, as well. You could even throw Josh Gordon’s hat into the ring if he ever decides to clean up his act.

  18. doctorrustbelt says:Jul 10, 2015 12:33 PM

    “McCourty and the Patriot way: compliment the other team, don’t give them any bulletin board material, then let your actions do the talking on the field”
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Oh.. and… deflate balls, videotape opponents, and electronically interfere with opponent’s radio signals in foxboro.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Doc…. you’re tinfoil hat is a little crooked.

  19. Demaryious Thomas had 18 fewer receptions, very close on total yards, but a way better yards after catch last year. You could make a strong argument the purest measure of a receiver is YAC. Golden Tate had a better YAC.

    If you want to say its a body of work then no one can argue Megatron tops the list.

  20. .
    @drrustbelt

    More tears from the team that can’t win a playoff game? Which of the games did the Patriots deflate the balls? Which team did the Patriots tape their walk through? Which game did the Patriots interfere with electronic communication?

    Soft teams cry hard, like Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Worry about the Browns leaving you in the cellar, instead of worrying about the Super Bowl winning Patriots.
    .

  21. The next guy on the schedule is always the greatest ever when the Patriots talk about opposing players.
    McCourty has this bit of Belichicking down cold.

  22. whats most exciting about Brown is the chemistry he has with Ben. From 04-13, we never saw a good, consistent 20yd sideline out route. Not with Burress, not with Holmes, not even with Ward. Now it’s a big part of the arsenal, and as precise as there is in the league. When that’s rolling strong, it’s near impossible to cover Brown.

  23. If I was starting a football team from scratch, the first player that I would take is Julian Edelman. Easy.
    You can talk about Brown, and Johnson and Bryant all day. I’ll take the guy that is the anti-prima dona. The dude that never takes 1 second of a play off. The toughest, most hard-working, determined little SOB in the NFL.
    He won’t stay down even when he should.

  24. Tom Brady would say that Rodgers, Manning, Brees, Luck and Wilson are the top 5 QB’s in the league.

    Then work his butt off to beat them all.

    _____________________________

    Tom Brady COULD do that!

  25. Brown is so good at getting separation, has excellent hands, can run any route and line up at any location. He can catch, he can run, he can return punts. This kid is going to be HOF some day.

  26. Antonio Brown is a great player, but, call me when he commands regular triple coverage where two pick him up at the line of scrimmage and then comes a Safety over the top for good measure.

    That’s what Calvin Johnson sees more times than the TV cameras show. Again, call me when Brown gets that type of attention.

  27. They kept Antonio Brown over Wallace because of Wallace’s worth ethic, or lack thereof.

    But Wallace is getting his comeuppance, he is now a member of the Vikings, I’m not sure anyone deserves that harsh of a punishment but he’s there now.

  28. whitetrash69 says:
    Jul 10, 2015 12:12 PM
    AB has more heart than Rocky Marciano!

    ………………………….

    Not sure if you’re being sarcastic, but this is an absurd comment made by someone who knows nothing about boxing, and certainly nothing about The Rock.

  29. Maybe CJ gets triple covered every play because the D is laughing at the other skill players. Surprised CJ isn’t covered by 7 guys each play.

  30. futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Jul 10, 2015 2:22 PM
    Maybe CJ gets triple covered every play because the D is laughing at the other skill players. Surprised CJ isn’t covered by 7 guys each play.
    —–
    Quarterbacks aside, with the exception of LeVeon Bell, where are the Steelers any better than the Lions at the skilled positions?

    Your comment is just dumb.

  31. Fitz may have been around a long time but his consistency at playing every role better than any, puts him in the conversation. In order to put up stats you have to be targeted and Fitz still has the best hands in the NFL with the highest per centage of catches when targeted, and is far ahead of Floyd who has butter fingers. Stats can be skewed by how a coach uses a player and are no measure of “the best”! Bruce Arians uses his big receivers like most coaches use their TEs which does the players injustice when it comes to these types of discussions. Longevity speaks for itself and some of these guys, while showing promise, could be a flash in the pan. “The Best” is multidimensional.

  32. lks311 says:
    Jul 10, 2015 2:28 PM
    futuresbmvpleveon says:
    Jul 10, 2015 2:22 PM
    Maybe CJ gets triple covered every play because the D is laughing at the other skill players. Surprised CJ isn’t covered by 7 guys each play.
    —–
    Quarterbacks aside, with the exception of LeVeon Bell, where are the Steelers any better than the Lions at the skilled positions?

    Your comment is just dumb.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Heath Miller is a talented and reliable target at tight end. Martavis Bryant came on strong at the end of the season and will be a force to be reckoned with. You also HAVE to include LeVeon Bell in the equation because of what he brings to the passing game.

    The Lions are coming along in their offensive system, and I’m sure Ebron will start showing up on tape soon, but Detroit has consistantly struggled to get support around Megatron.

  33. Quarterbacks aside, with the exception of LeVeon Bell, where are the Steelers any better than the Lions at the skilled positions? Your comment is just dumb.

    Seeing how the skill positions are QB, RB, WR and TE, and we’ve been discussing receiver, and you apparently want to exclude QB and RB, I guess that leaves TE. Boy do I feel dumb, cause no way is Heath Miller better than, um, …

  34. My Top 5:

    1. Calvin
    2a. Dez Bryant
    2b. DeMaryius Thomas
    3. Antonio Brown
    4. Julio Jones
    5. Jordy Nelson

  35. I’ve been watching football a long time, and can not
    recall a time where the NFL had such amazing
    talent at the WR position. Not only in picking the
    top-5 difficult, but the overall depth of the position is
    simply remarkable.

    For Antonio Brown to even earn a mention in the top-5
    is a great testament to his work ethic, and burning desire
    to be great, along with his exceptional talent.
    It’s not important to me if he is no.1 or no. 5 , but
    I am happy his game is being recognized amongst the greats
    playing the game today. Great player and seemingly an
    even better person and teammate. Keep ballin hard AB!

  36. They need him to be good. With that defense they’ll need to score a lot of points. Like they did in the playoff…….never mind.

  37. What a career he’s had already. A Super Bowl loss, 0 playoff wins, two consecutive seasons of watching better teams in the post season. At least he scored a touchdown in January’s WC loss. Oh, I guess that was reversed, too. LOL.

  38. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:

    What a career he’s had already. A Super Bowl loss, 0 playoff wins, two consecutive seasons of watching better teams in the post season. At least he scored a touchdown in January’s WC loss. Oh, I guess that was reversed, too. LOL.

    ———–

    Ohh how badly Ravens fans want to forget ABs helmet catch in the playoffs. That was a game winning play, too bad Houshmenzadah couldn’t make one.

    It was also ABs coming out party. Bad example. Get some new material man.

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