Antonio Brown was arguably the very best broad receiver within the NFL over the previous decade, rating second within the league in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns from 2010 to 2019 — regardless of lacking almost the entire 2019 season as a result of off-field incidents. Brown has performed three video games since signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the outcomes seemingly haven’t lived as much as his staff’s expectations once they introduced him aboard.
Brown has 18 catches for 157 yards and no touchdowns, averaging simply 8.7 yards per catch. His reception complete has gone up every recreation, however Brown’s longest catch in 2020 has gone for 25 yards — the one 20-plus yard catch he is had this season. It is a shocking growth, since Brown has 164 receptions of not less than 20 yards since 2010, the second most within the NFL.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians would not assume Brown has misplaced a step or that he is not getting used correctly together with his new staff. The issue is out of Brown’s management.
“Nicely, he was open. We had one go off his fingertips [and] I am used to seeing him make that catch. We missed him final week on a ball, so it is only a matter of hitting him,” Arians stated Tuesday. “He is doing an amazing job of operating after the catch and inside his function, I believe he is doing a extremely good job. It is simply when he is going deep, we’re not hitting him.”
These issues final past Brown, having a big half to do with Tom Brady’s struggles with deep passes. Per NFL’s Subsequent Gen Stats, Brady is 0 for 19 on deep passes (20-plus air yards down the sector) over his final 4 video games, three of which being the video games Brown has performed. Within the first seven video games of the season, Brady was 14 for 39 (35.9%) on deep ball passes with two touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer ranking of 101.2. Brady is simply 3 for 36 on deep passes since Week 5 of the season.
The struggles are nicely out of Brown’s arms — actually. All indicators level to Brady, as Arians believes he is discovered his points concerning deep passes.
“Apart from the deep ball, I believe he is getting confused a number of instances with protection that could be inflicting some inaccurate balls,” Arians stated. “I do not see it in any respect in observe. We’re not lacking the deep ball in any respect in observe – that is for positive. It is only a matter on Sundays of hitting them.”