Antonio Brown and Tom Brady developed a strong connection on the field last year, one that could be strengthened even further this next season.
Brady always had Antonio Brown on his radar from the moment things got messy after Brown’s tumultuous but bried tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders.
He got the Patriots on board, and him and Brown played one game together before things got messy once more, leading the Patriots to release him. However, once the legal issues were sorted and Brown was reinstated, Brady wasted no time getting AB back with him on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The pairing worked out as the Bucs won the Super Bowl with Brown scoring a touchdown in the big game. The chemistry that Brady and Brown built up last year is only set to grow from here on out.
Tom Brady’s 2nd TD pass of the day goes to Antonio Brown.
— NFL (@NFL) January 3, 2021
Antonio Brown Could Become Tom Brady’s Next Randy Moss According To Skip Bayless
Back in 2007, the Patriots pulled off a trade for one of the game’s best wide receivers in Randy Moss. At the time, the signing didn’t look like anything special. Despite Moss’s history in the league, it looked like age had finally caught up to him.
After all, in the 2006 season, he only put up 553 receiving yards, the lowest output of his career till that point. Thus, the Patriots were able to pick him up for only a fourth round pick.
That 2007 season, the Patriots went undefeated as Brady threw 50 touchdowns while Moss pulled in 98 catches for 1,493 yards all while setting the single season record for receiving touchdowns with 23. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and made the First Team All Pro.
Now, Brady may have a chance to find his second Randy Moss in Antonio Brown. While Brown’s straight numbers don’t jump off the page, a deeper dive tells you that he was incredibly productive last season.
He averaged 60.4 receiving yards per game which averages out to a little less than 1,000 yards for the season on a team that already had Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Rob Gronkowski.
Mind you, this was all coming after a long ban to start the season which meant that he didn’t have as much time to practice and get familiarized with the team as he would’ve ideally liked to. This season things are different.
Training camps are back for the NFL, and Brown and Brady have been going to work, looking to build upon what they built last year. Don’t forget that Brown was one of the most dominant receivers during the 2010s.
From 2013-2018, Brown never missed the Pro Bowl, and from 2013-2017 he was also named First Team All Pro each season. That Pro Bowl stretch could have easily been from 2011-2018, but Brown was unfortunately injured during the 2012 season for a few games.
Don’t be surprised if Brown shows up and has another dominant season this year, maybe even being the WR1 on this Tampa Bay team loaded with offensive playmakers.
Why Antonio Brown just might turn into Brady’s next Randy Moss this year. Now on @undisputed
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) August 10, 2021