Bruce Arians: Antonio Brown looks fantastic

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Wide receiver Antonio Brown can’t start practicing with the Buccaneers until next week, but he was in the building for the first time since signing with the team on Wednesday and made a good first impression on head coach Bruce Arians.

Brown is able to attend meetings and work with the strength and conditioning staff as he acclimates himself to his new surroundings. Arians got a chance to catch up with the wideout and offered a positive review of the interaction to reporters.

“He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I,” Arians said, via Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. “He was in the meetings and everything. And he’s working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff. He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week.”

Arians said that Brown will be “ready to go next week,” which suggests that he’ll be on track to play against the Saints in Week 9 in what will be a highly anticipated debut performance in Tampa.

34 responses to “Bruce Arians: Antonio Brown looks fantastic

  1. Physically Brown has always looked the part. It doesn’t excuse what he says and does and the court cases hanging over his head.

  2. The calm before the storm… Of course he’s going to do and say all the right things now. Just give him a few weeks – wait until a loss and he doesn’t get enough targets his way.
    He is what he is and will not change – it’s just a matter of time until he starts wreaking havoc in that locker room and tearing that team. apart from the inside out. They had a pretty good thing going down in Tampa, until now.

  3. Just a matter of time before he blows up with an off field fiasco… leopards can’t change their spots

  4. Haha wow. A month ago he “wasn’t a fit in the locker room” and now Arians is gushing over him.

  5. AB should’ve been a Steeler for life, but his own ego drove him out of PA. I don’t think he ultimately wanted to be a Raider, he was traded to them. Not his choice. That being said, I will hold off on judging the Football Player. This is an 8 week audition, the predetermination of his remaining career. The man clearly has issues, but if he gains counsel & understands that THIS MAY BE IT, then he may do well. I predict 40 catches 600+ yards & 6 TD’s

  6. sponz says:
    October 29, 2020 at 7:44 am
    The calm before the storm… Of course he’s going to do and say all the right things now. Just give him a few weeks – wait until a loss and he doesn’t get enough targets his way.
    He is what he is and will not change – it’s just a matter of time until he starts wreaking havoc in that locker room and tearing that team. apart from the inside out. They had a pretty good thing going down in Tampa, until now.

    They don’t need him. He’s a luxury.
    If he becomes a problem they just cut him.

    People are making way to big a deal about this.
    There is a reason Russell Wilson wanted him too.

    The risk is definitely worth the reward.

  7. The Bucs are selling all out to win a title this season. If not it will all come crumbling down for sure

  8. AB is a nutjob, for sure, but while there ARE a FEW sane WR’s, e.g., Larry Fitzgerald, Julio Jones, etc., it seems like a lot of them are “it’s all about me” egomaniacs. T.O., Dez, OBJ come to mind. Maybe these goofy egos just come with the job? It does seem a high number of the best performing WRs are also pains in the butt. Clearly AB is. But maybe… just maybe… he’ll recognize this is his last chance to play in the NFL. And more importantly, he and Brady seem to like each other. You don’t have a guy stay IN YOUR HOME with you and your family if you have a problem with him. So if we assume Brady and Brown have a friendship and a good relationship OFF the field, and we assume Brady wants him…again… ON the field, then maybe…just maybe… this will work out spectacularly for the Bucs. I really do hope so, but we’ll see. If not, AB’ll be history in the NFL. Time will tell….

  9. This guy has always looked great – I would even call him close to generational talent. That has never been the issue with this guy. See how he holds up the rest of the season, or when Brady gets in his face.

  10. What is going to be hilarious is when AB torpedoes his TB stay, and Brady will look absolutely silly endorsing his addition not once but TWICE.

  11. He was always a diva and self centered.
    In my opinion, he was never ever the same after the cheap shot
    from Burfict that knocked him clean out. I honestly think something
    might be broken upstairs. I’m not one to make excuses for these guys.

  12. Wonder what all the haters are going to say when AB dominates and Brady keeps him in line? That’s what will happen. Watch.

  13. When Tom Brady TWICE vouches for you to be on two separate teams, you’d better make the most of the second time. There won’t be a third

  14. I had heard an interview with a writer associated with the Steelers. He had looked back, and the silly, stuff all started happening after that Burfict hit in the playoffs, I am hoping that he is ok and will be long term. Football is still just a game, all that money does you no good if you can’t remember your name.

  15. Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Undeniable that AB works his tail off to stay in shape. Can’t deny that. But literally everything else about him is a train wreck.

  16. Brown was a complete idiot during his time with the Raiders, shame as when he did practice he looked great.

    Brown is a great WR but as we know an idiot off the field, hopefully he can just focus on football and not drama. Great pickup by the Bucs, think this will push them that one step further. Brown adds to an already impressive group of WR’s – and that pains me to say that as I’m no fan of Brown/Brady !

  17. This reminds me of a very old meme. And, I mean very old (20+ years ago), as when they were sent via email and were not yet called a meme. It simply had a picture of an attractive woman, and said, “No matter how hot she looks right now, someone somewhere is sick of her bull s***”.

    It doesn’t matter how good AB looks and if he is saying all the right things today. How quickly will things fall apart once he gets into the locker room and starts practicing and playing games? Maybe we will all be wrong and this will work great, like when Jordan and the Bulls were able to keep Dennis Rodman focused for a few years and get those last three titles (yes, I am old). But, there will be so many opportunities for this to all blow up.

  18. For those who don’t think brown will work out this year you are wrong. Couple reasons why is A) He is playing with Tom Brady and he is the only QB he really respects in the NFL. B) He knows this is his last shot at getting another contract. He will play nice here the only way he is taken out this year is if his civil lawsuit comes to an end which it won’t because he will drag it on. It’s the team that signs him to the next contract that will have to be very careful unless it’s the bucs because of Brady. And this is coming from a die hard Steelers fan. The Bucs are gonna be an issue for the rest of the NFL.

  19. psj3809 says:
    October 29, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Brown was a complete idiot during his time with the Raiders, shame as when he did practice he looked great.

    Brown is a great WR but as we know an idiot off the field, hopefully he can just focus on football and not drama. Great pickup by the Bucs, think this will push them that one step further. Brown adds to an already impressive group of WR’s – and that pains me to say that as I’m no fan of Brown/Brady !

    No argument that Brown was a “complete idiot” during his time with the Raiders. But think about it:

    – Brown was playing for “knock-on-wood-if-you’re-with-me” Gruden.
    – He has just received a massive contract. Sometimes that kind of money makes people crazy. (There were times during his high school years when he was homeless).
    – Carr is a kid, who doesn’t have the rings, talent or chops that Brady has.

    So here’s hoping for Brown’s sake & for the Buccaneers & the GOAT.

  20. grant35 says:

    What is going to be hilarious is when AB torpedoes his TB stay, and Brady will look absolutely silly endorsing his addition not once but TWICE.

    Don’t think Brady will look silly for endorsing him. Nothing silly or bad about giving someone a second shot.

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