Antonio Brown trade: 9 Opta facts over WR’s 9 seasons with Steelers | NFL
After weeks of speculation, Antonio Brown is moving on from Pittsburgh and heading to Oakland.
The disgruntled Steelers receiver hinted Sunday on social media that he has been dealt to the Raiders after asking for a trade from the team that selected him with a sixth-round draft pick just under a decade ago.
Here we take a look at nine facts about Brown over his nine-year career in Pittsburgh with the help of our colleagues at Opta. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaJerry — the official Twitter page for Opta’s NFL and NCAA stats-driven football coverage — a follow on Twitter.)
— Brown was drafted into the league prior to the 2010 season. Since then, he has been one of the most dominant wideouts in the NFL.
— Since the start of the 2010 season, Brown has caught 159 passes for at least 20 yards, the second most in the league.
— Over that same span, Brown has 36 touchdowns of at least 20 yards, the most in the league.
— Brown has scored 20 of his touchdowns in the final two minutes of games, the second-most since 2010.
— Brown led the league with 15 touchdown catches in 2018. Oakland receivers combined for nine touchdown receptions last year.
— Brown has tallied 100+ catches, 1,200+ receiving yards and 8+ receiving touchdowns in each of the last six seasons. No Raider has ever put up those numbers in a single season.
The last Raider to:
|Catch 100+ passes in a season||Tim Brown (104)||1997 (Only player in franchise history to do so)|
|Record 1,200+ receiving yards in a season||Jerry Rice (1,211)||2002|
|Catch 8+ touchdown passes in a season||Michael Crabtree (8)||2017|
Brown’s career numbers against AFC West opponents:
|Stat||Denver Broncos||Kansas City Chiefs||Los Angeles Chargers|
|Catches (single-game high)||29 (16)||38 (9)||17 (10)|
|Receiving yards (single-game high)||330 (189)||563 (155)||234 (154)|
|Touchdowns (single-game high)||2 (2)||4 (2)||2 (2)|
— In 2018, only two Raiders wide receivers topped 100 receiving yards in a game (Amari Cooper twice and Jordy Nelson once) and none caught multiple touchdown passes in a game. Brown topped 100 yards five times and had multiple touchdown catches in three different games.
— Since 2010, only Rob Gronkowski has more touchdown receptions than Brown. However, Brown has never caught a touchdown pass from a quarterback not named Ben Roethlisberger.
— In the seven regular-season games that Roethlisberger did not start since 2010, Brown has been targeted 53 times and caught 30 passes for 405 yards and no touchdowns (averages of 7.6 targets and 4.3 catches for 57.9 yards). When Roethlisberger starts, Brown averages 9.9 targets and 6.6 catches for 87.8 yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game. He has topped 100 receiving yards in two of the seven games Roethlisberger did not start.