Ben Roethlisberger says Antonio Brown will ‘get his catches’
Ben Roethlisberger attempted to downplay any lingering frustration over Antonio Brown’s lack of productivity in the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 24-16 win over the Cincinnati Bengals by insisting the dynamic wide receiver will get his fair share of touches in due time.
After lighting up the Washington Redskins with eight receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns — not to mention a twerking touchdown celebration — in a Week 1 victory, Antonio Brown was mostly kept in check against the Bengals. The division rivals managed to limit Brown to only four catches on 11 targets for 46 yards. But Roethlisberger overcame Cincinnati’s dedication to stopping Brown by spreading out his 19 completions to nine Pittsburgh receivers.
The significant drop in receptions despite the same number in targets as he got in Week 1 caused Brown to appear frustrated during Sunday’s win. Brown said during his weekly radio show that Big Ben knows how to handle such situations.
“He usually tells me shut up,” Brown said Tuesday night on WDVE-FM 102.5, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I keep telling him how open I am and how I need the ball and he says, ‘AB, shut up. Don’t get too involved in the game emotionally.’ [Maurkice] Pouncey usually tells me, ‘Hey AB, calm down, it’s all right.’ They know how I get.”
Roethlisberger insists Brown’s sub-par outing against Cincinnati was likely more an anomaly than the expected norm.
“I’ve been in this league long enough to know that every single receiver is open on every single play,” Roethlisberger said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “That’s just what you’re used to. But he’s the best in the world. We won the game, and that’s what’s most important. I think that’s what’s most important to him too. He’ll get his catches, he’ll get his yards. He’ll help us win football games. He’s helping us when he catches 3-4 balls because he’s taking a lot of attention away from other guys. That’s the reason the tight ends are open over the middle. He’s helping us even when he’s not catching balls.”
That may be true, but can Brown remain patient if last week’s game wasn’t an aberration? That’s the question.