Antonio Brown has an opportunity to restart his NFL career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a promising situation. The star wideout has a chance to re-establish himself as one of the league’s best talents. Brown spent more than a year away from the game, but it didn’t take long for him to leave a lasting impression on head coach Bruce Arians.
Antonio Brown joins the Buccaneers
Following spending more than a year away from the NFL, Antonio Brown received his next opportunity to rekindle his football career with the Buccaneers.
Tampa Bay, behind a concerted effort from Tom Brady, inked the star wideout to a one-year deal worth up to $2.5 million. The Seattle Seahawks were firmly in the picture as a possible landing spot, but Brady’s strong connection with Brown helped secure the move.
The All-Pro wideout has put forth a proven track record that speaks for itself. Since entering the league in 2010, Brown ranks second in receptions (841) and receiving yards (11,263), and third in receiving touchdowns (75). All that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Brown didn’t take long to leave a strong impression on his new coaches.
Bruce Arians impressed by Antonio Brown’s first workout
With Antonio Brown now in the fold, it has put him back on the practice field.
The star wide receiver didn’t take long to impress his new head coach Bruce Arians as he voiced on Wednesday that Brown looked “fantastic” in his first workout session, according to Jenna Laine of ESPN.
“He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I. He was in the meetings and everything. And he’s working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff. He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week.”
Although Brown has been out of action over the last year, he has remained in great shape. Arians’ comments further fuel that the 31-year-old can immediately step in to impact the offense.
There is still the transition he must take in learning the new playbook, but as far as his physical ability goes, it’s well up to par. Brown is only permitted to work out with the strength and conditioning staff and attend meetings until his eight-game suspension is complete.
He will have just over a week to get better acquainted with the playbook and work himself into a better football conditioning shape.
Buccaneers progressing toward fulfilling Super Bowl-contender status
Before the Buccaneers signed Antonio Brown, the team has continued to look like a Super Bowl contender in the NFC.
Tom Brady has progressively garnered more comfort in the offense that has guided him toward an impressive start to his tenure. Brady is currently sixth with 1,910 passing yards, second with 18 touchdown passes, and holds a 102.7 passer rating. The 43-year-old has thrown three or more touchdown passes in three out of the last five games.
The Buccaneers are also coming off strong back-to-back showings in blowout wins against the Green Bay Packers and Las Vegas Raiders, with their offense leading the charge. Brown’s addition only adds another promising element to the mix to their passing game.
If Brown is any essence of the player he was before his extended absence, it immediately brings aboard another No.1 receiving option talent. What may immediately help the situation is that Brady has previous experience working with the star wideout during their brief time together with the New England Patriots.
The pieces are there for the Buccaneers to take the next step forward with Brown in the mix and strengthen their bid to vie for the Super Bowl.