Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been great in 2017, despite all of the other questions facing this team. He’s on pace to set an NFL record if all goes as planned.
“Antonio Brown starts Week 10 chasing greatness,” wrote ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “He’s on pace for 114 catches, which would mark an NFL-record five straight years of 100 or more. With 9,212 career yards, Brown can become the NFL’s 46th player to hit the 10K mark.”
Brown has 57 catches at his season’s halfway point. In 2016, he posted 106 total, so he’s actually producing at a slightly higher rate this year. His average yards per catch has also gone up notably, from 12.1 in 2016 to 14.6 thus far in 2017. If he holds this pace, he will put up 1,664.4 yards on the year, significantly beyond his already impressive 1,284 yards from last season. He still won’t get to his career high of 1,834 yards, set in 2015, but he also caught a career-high 136 passes that season.
The biggest question mark around Brown right now is his lack of scoring. Despite having fewer catches and yards per game in 2016, he had 12 touchdowns. He only has 3 so far in 2017. He could certainly make it to 12 with eight games to go, but he’d have to dramatically increase his touchdown rate.
That lack of scoring is why his stats have not always translated into wins. For instance, in the 30-9 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, he had 10 catches for 157 yards, but he never found the end zone.
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