Antonio Brown is “back into game shape”

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When the Buccaneers played the Saints in Week One, Antonio Brown wasn’t employed. When the Bucs hosted New Orleans in Week Nine, it was Brown’s first game in more than a year.

Now, as the two teams prepare for round three, Brown is ready to contribute significantly.

He’s [at] game speed,” coach Bruce Arians said in a Wednesday appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “He’s back to being A.B. He’s a handful. . . . He is playing really well. Tom [Brady] and him are [on the] same page. He’s into the offense now. He knows the offense, knows where his receptions areas are. So anytime we can get him the ball, it’s dangerous.

“He’s back into game shape now. It’s one thing to be out running routes and having somebody throw to you and being in physical shape. But game shape is a whole different thing.”

Brown finished the regular season with an 11-catch, 138-yard, two-touchdown game against Atlanta. Much of that work happened after starting receiver Mike Evans was injured.

Tampa enters its showdown against the Saints with Evans healthy and Brown ready. The last time Brown played in the Superdome, he had 14 catches for 185 yards and two touchdowns in what would become the final game of his tenure with the Steelers.

24 responses to “Antonio Brown is “back into game shape”

  1. Can anyone even imagine what Tom Brady’s career record and stats would look like if he was a dome quarterback like Brees and Manning? I know he’s already ahead of them in everything now, but how much more profound would that distance be at this point? Just crazy to think about.

  2. Wait, I thought the whole narrative was Antonio Brown was going to blow up the locker room and be a cancer? What happened? Can it be that you guys were all WRONG?

    Still waiting…

  3. Considering Brady’s avg in a dome is less than that of Brees id say the point TurkeyCreek is trying to make is none other than that he has no idea what he is talking about. For reference, the last time Brady played in the SuperDome who threw for a whopping 239 yards 2 td’s and 2 int. Man, i cant imagine what it would be like if he played in a dome all the time.

  4. Imagine the stats and number of rings Drew Brees would have if he competed with the Bills, Dolphins and Jets for most of his career.

  5. turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    Can anyone even imagine what Tom Brady’s career record and stats would look like if he was a dome quarterback like Brees and Manning? I know he’s already ahead of them in everything now, but how much more profound would that distance be at this point? Just crazy to think about.

    He only throws the ball 5 yards it doesn’t matter where he plays.

  6. Seems to me that Bruce Arians talks way more than any of the other coaches in the playoffs combined.
    Or is it just that the other coaches don’t try to make sound-bite headlines the way Arians does?

  7. Naterade says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:54 pm
    turkeycreekjackjohnson says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    Can anyone even imagine what Tom Brady’s career record and stats would look like if he was a dome quarterback like Brees and Manning? I know he’s already ahead of them in everything now, but how much more profound would that distance be at this point? Just crazy to think about.

    He only throws the ball 5 yards it doesn’t matter where he plays

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    You mean it wouldn’t matter that something that asinine isn’t true, or that he did it in real weather conditions? Which one?

  8. Anyone who tries to bash Brady is either a complete hater, or a moron. He’s the most accomplished NFL player ever. He’s 43 and arguably had his second best season ever. If he wins a ring in Tampa I think he eclipses Jordan for all time GOAT.

  9. I’ll confess I’m surprised he’s not doing bizarre things and wigging out the locker room. Good for him.

  10. coronasucks1 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Imagine the stats and number of rings Drew Brees would have if he competed with the Bills, Dolphins and Jets for most of his career.

    The lame division excuse AGAIN,,

  11. datdude84 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:36 pm
    Considering Brady’s avg in a dome is less than that of Brees id say the point TurkeyCreek is trying to make is none other than that he has no idea what he is talking about. For reference, the last time Brady played in the SuperDome who threw for a whopping 239 yards 2 td’s and 2 int. Man, i cant imagine what it would be like if he played in a dome all the time.

    Brees has played at least 9 games a year in a dome. Perfect conditions.
    No rain no wind no heat no snow no cold. If you don’t think that helps then you have never tried to throw a football in the rain or wind.

    The fact that there career numbers are similar and one played his entire career outdoors in the North east says more for Brady

    Brees is Manning 2.0. Flashy regular season chokes in the playoffs

  12. Considering Brady’s avg in a dome is less than that of Brees id say the point TurkeyCreek is trying to make is none other than that he has no idea what he is talking about. For reference, the last time Brady played in the SuperDome who threw for a whopping 239 yards 2 td’s and 2 int. Man, i cant imagine what it would be like if he played in a dome all the time.
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    Lame point. No dome teams are in Brady’s division. In fact, he played in bad weather 30% of the year. Brady has only played in domes a handful of times. Most of them SBowls. Manning and Brees played home games in a dome, plus 1 more in their divisions. That’s 9/yr before the rest of the schedule kicked in. Yep, some people don’t know what they’re talking about. On that I can agree.

  13. flash1224 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 2:22 pm
    coronasucks1 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 1:45 pm
    Imagine the stats and number of rings Drew Brees would have if he competed with the Bills, Dolphins and Jets for most of his career.

    The lame division excuse AGAIN

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    Absolutely. Chalk it up to the, “you know we have nothing left to say” group of detractors. If history has taught us anything, it’s that ani-Brady fans (it’s the better part of the league because he tortured them for so long) will conjure up just about anything to denounce reality. The list of excuses is loooong – and unfortunately for them – not distinguished. They’d have you believe that Brady just had an incredibly lucky 20 or so year stretch. The only problem they have is well, normal fans have powers of deduction beyond a 2nd grade level.

    Drew Brees is a great quarterback. I would never not recognize that. But c’mon – you can’t put him or any other QB in the Brady discussion when it comes to the resume of accomplishment, because it’s simply not even close.

    We could discuss Brady amongst Jordan, Russell, Ruth, Orr, Gretzky etc. Starting with a like that makes sense.

  14. Imagine the stats and career achievements of Brady if he hadn’t played for a team that was continually fined and other penalties for breaking the rules.

  15. If you go back to all the comments in the off season it was

    “He’s a system QB”
    “He can’t throw deep”
    “QB don’t do well the first year in BA system “
    “He won’t make it the full season”
    “The O line isn’t any good”
    “It will be like Willie Mays going to the Mets”
    “They won’t make the playoffs “

    The Brady crybabies were literally WRONG about EVERYTHING

    So now what are they doing, in true Brady crybaby fashion.
    Changing the narrative.. now it’s “oh well any QB could have done that with those weapons “
    Yeah, he had them at the start.
    The Brady crybabies have been riding the excuse train for almost 20 years and more often than not they are wrong.

  16. Not trying to disrespect Brady’s accomplishments. He is indeed the GOAT. No argument. But during his time, the Saints, Panthers and Falcons have all made Super Bowl appearances. The AFC east was a joke. Imagine if there was at least one other bad ass in that division capable of slapping Brady and the Patriots down year in and year out. Maybe not as many division titles. Maybe playoffs but not as many byes. A little more beat up. Possibly 2 less Super Bowls??? He’s getting a taste of what it feels like right now with the Saints. Just saying.

  17. Not trying to disrespect Brady’s accomplishments. He is indeed the GOAT. No argument. But during his time, the Saints, Panthers and Falcons have all made Super Bowl appearances.


    That’s all true BUT, look at the other teams in the division when each of those teams made the SB. The rest of the division wasn’t good that season.

    When the panthers made the SB the next best record in the division was the saints at 7-9

    So when those teams won the rest sucked

  18. These arguments have been proposed by the crowd who’s sick of the big bad Patriots for years because they became demoralized, and really, what else could they do?

    The period was so dominant that they need to futily explain it for fit their narrative, that it can’t be true. That’s just a flawed (yet human) reaction to the length and depth of the dynasty and the effect it had.

    Bottom line: Go ahead and carve it up all you want—it was so dominant and across the board with equal impunity, that there’s nothing anyone can say that refutes this vast mountain of achievement—never to be seen again.

  19. Since everyone is talking about Brady’s competition in the AFC East, I have long thought that his and the Patriots’ dominance is part of the reason why the other franchises struggled for so long.

    The Pats were basically a lock to win the division every year, so that means the other three teams were scrapping for two wild card spots when they basically were starting every season with two losses against a conference team – not a great place to be. As we know, coaches and GMs don’t get to miss the playoffs too many times before they are fired and replaced, which creates a rebuilding phase because teams need to find players who fit new systems.

    In short, Brady got his competition fired and created a constant churn of mediocrity in the division because no one could topple them.

    It’s still worth noting that strong teams rose up a handful of times in that division (remember Rex Ryan’s Jets making the AFC championship two years in a row with the #1 defense, Miami’s strong year when the wildcat took the league by storm and Parcells became the leading front-office figure, several Bills teams that looked like they were on the cusp but just couldn’t quite put it together).

  20. Tom Brady won all of those AFC East Championships?
    Wow!
    And all this time, I thought The New England Patriots won…
    you know, with great coaching , great defense, great special teams…
    and….
    the NFC South Super Bowl years…nearly every one of those divisional games was a knock-down drag-out war. Going 7-9 in that Division was quite a good achievement!

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