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There’s no bigger draw at the wide receiver position than Antonio Brown. He’s by far the most popular pass catcher in the league and it’s not even close. Brown has dominated media headlines all off-season and part of that is because he enjoys the attention.
However there’s no denying that Brown has always backed it up on the field. With 6 straight 1,000 yard seasons it’s amazing how much the former 6th round pick has defied expectations. Yea he pushed his way out of Pittsburgh but he landed in Oakland and we all know how much history the Raiders have. When the silver and black are winning football games it’s always a feel good story. Al Davis, John Madden, Jerry Rice, and Tim Brown are people who helped make this league what it is today. Now Antonio Brown is pairing up with Jon Gruden and those guys are helping this franchise return to greatness before they make their move to Las Vegas. We know they definitely have some momentum on their side because it’s been a great three months for their roster. Tyrell Williams, Trent Brown, Clelin Ferrell, and Josh Jacobs will also be joining Brown with the Raiders. So it’s clear this a team that’s overhauling everything and they’re in the process of building it back up. Still though Brown is their ace in the hole and he’s coming off a 15 touchdown season in 2018. Gruden knows his new receiver can’t lose much production if this offense wants to make significant strides. It won’t be easy for Brown because he’s getting used to a new system and a new environment. Those are challenges he hasn’t had to deal with since being draft back in 2010. The one thing this guy has going for him is he’s a workaholic and so dedicated to his craft that he usually blows his competition away. Oakland got a good one and they know it.
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Antonio Brown is a global brand and a future Hall of Famer but can he turn the Oakland Raiders around?