PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown takes pictures over the center — even from his quarterback — and retains getting up.
“I’ve received large shoulders. I can take it,” Brown informed the media from his locker room Friday. “Constructive criticism is just for you to get higher. It isn’t private.”
With Antonio Brown nonetheless drawing tons of consideration, second-year Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is making opponents pay a giant worth.
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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was important of Brown’s route-running on his weekly radio present, saying the receiver wanted to run his route “flat” on a third-down, goal-line interception within the last minutes of Sunday’s 24-17 loss to Denver. Roethlisberger additionally stated he wished he had thrown to JuJu Smith-Schuster on all 4 downs on the purpose line.
Roethlisberger on Wednesday defended his skill to critique teammates, citing standing and tenure.
“Being round for a very long time, being with lots of totally different gamers, you have got to understand how to encourage guys in numerous methods,” Roethlisberger stated. “That is half of being a frontrunner and a captain — simply understanding gamers. Generally you simply seize them off to the facet; typically you have got to be sincere with them. And so, I feel I’ve earned the precise to give you the option to do this, so long as I have been right here. And I will be simply as important on myself in entrance of you guys as effectively.”
Brown has no issues with that.
“Ben’s my man, man. I like him. Something he says, there is a technique to his insanity,” stated Brown, who’s getting ready for a house matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday evening. “It is solely to encourage the group, encourage the group to be higher. That is the kind of man he’s.
“I do not know if it has been misconstrued or modified with regard to the way you guys put it on the market, however he means effectively. … He is the one one on this locker room that is most likely received a championship beneath his belt.”
Roethlisberger won Tremendous Bowls throughout the 2005 and 2008 seasons however has put up his most prolific numbers with Brown, who has 804 receptions since getting into the league in 2010.
The 2 have been via this earlier than. Final season, Roethlisberger criticized Brown for tossing a Gatorade cooler on the sideline in Baltimore. The 2 overcame that incident to mix for 1,533 yards in lower than 14 video games.
Guard David DeCastro stated the duo at all times has a means of working issues out as “a relationship that may go down within the [NFL] historical past books” rivaling Peyton Manning-Marvin Harrison, Joe Montana-Jerry Rice and others.
“Examine the historical past. We have lots of nice historical past. We’ll proceed to make historical past,” Brown stated. “We’ve got that relationship the place we will problem one another, encourage one another. That’ the connection you need to have together with your quarterback.”
Brown has 11 touchdowns on the season however is second on the workforce in receptions (71) and yards (874) behind Smith-Schuster, who’s surpassed 1,000 yards in his second season.
However Smith-Schuster stated this week there isn’t any consideration about stats, and he made it clear that Brown continues to be the highest possibility as a double-team magnet. Brown added Smith-Schuster makes defensive backs in one-on-one protection pay.
As for Roethlisberger’s remark about Smith-Schuster’s goal-line targets, Brown quipped: “Me and Ben have 800 catches. I feel JuJu can deserve 4.”
Brown continues to be ready on his signature breakout recreation this season. He hasn’t surpassed 117 yards via any of the primary 12 matchups, however he feels he is due.
And can let his manufacturing communicate for him.
“It isn’t my job to criticize guys. Just for guys to get higher,” Brown stated. “[Roethlisberger’s] the overall. He is the captain. I am not the captain. His technique to his insanity will solely assist us get higher. You are going to see us get higher.”