Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is arguably the best in the game and, as such, he draws extra attention from opposing defenses.
Brown faces double teams routinely, usually in the form of safety help over the top of his designated cover man. The coverage is known as two-man and it can be tough to defeat, but Brown has been doing it regularly.
Neither Brown nor his teammates want to divulge exactly how, lest they broadcast to their opponents how to stop them. However, fellow wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey did want to make it clear that the coverage won’t deter them from throwing the football.
“He’s one of the few guys who has figured out how to defeat two-man,” Heyward-Bey said according to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Three or four years ago, teams started playing that more against the top receivers. But we find a way. We don’t care if you do two-man. We’re still going to throw the ball to the best player on the field, and he still makes plays. That’s the great thing about A.B.”
And the results make it clear that it’s the right strategy. Brown has 57 catches for 835 yards and the Steelers are sitting at 6-2.
So shade that safety help to Brown’s side of the field. He’ll continue to beat you routinely and open up avenues for his teammates.
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