Steelers players think Antonio Brown can top 2,000 receiving yards

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Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown finished the 2015 season with 1,834 receiving yards, which was good for second in the league behind Julio Jones and the fourth-best total in the history of the NFL.

Brown put up those numbers despite playing in an offense that was missing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for four full games and parts of others, leaving many with the opinion that he would have become the first player with 2,000 receiving yards in a season if Roethlisberger had been healthy. It’s also left some of his teammates feeling like Brown could hit that milestone this season.

Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski called it “realistic” and guard Roman Foster said he’s “going to bet on” Brown if the wideout makes a push for the magic number.

“I think it is possible,” wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Just think: Calvin Johnson had [1,964 yards in 2012], so you know you can get close to it. Everybody knows what he is capable of. I don’t want to put that pressure on him, but it is definitely possible.”

Brown wouldn’t make any predictions, saying that it “is a lot of yards” and noting that it remains to be seen how teams will defend the Steelers with Martavis Bryant out of the picture. His chances are also going to be tied closely to Roethlisberger’s health, but Brown’s track record makes his chances as good or better than anyone’s to set a new single-season record for receiving yards.

17 responses to “Steelers players think Antonio Brown can top 2,000 receiving yards

  1. If he and Ben can remain healthy, it’s going to be highly probable that AB hits the 2K mark. Bell’s back, Sammie Coates is gearing up, signing Ladarius Green, OL looks strong with Pouncey returning, wow, this offense is fire.

  2. stainlesssteellegends says:
    May 27, 2016 10:16 AM
    If he and Ben can remain healthy, it’s going to be highly probable that AB hits the 2K mark. Bell’s back, Sammie Coates is gearing up, signing Ladarius Green, OL looks strong with Pouncey returning, wow, this offense is fire.

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    I’m a pretty big Steelers homer, but saying that it’s “highly probable” that he breaks an all-time record for yardage is absolutely ridiculous, no matter what the circumstances are.

  3. shoot for it AB, you only get to play the game once, lets enjoy the level he’ll be playing at the next acouple years….3 til hes 30.

  4. i believe the way offenses are going, we will eventually see more WR get 2000 yards than RB getting 1200. I think its extremely possible.

  5. If you include penalty yards earned from Burfict head hunting him, he might just reach 3,000.

  6. every year i regret not drafting AB in fantasy, no matter where i pick this year, if hes available in round 1 im taking him

    -ravens fan

  7. 2000 is just a number. In saying that,of any NFL receiver that may do it in the upcoming season,he would have to be the favorite.

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