Here's how Antonio Brown performed during his Patriots debut vs. Dolphins
Sunday's Week 2 game vs. the Miami Dolphins featured a debut for New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown, who appeared in a Patriots jersey for the first time in his career.
During the 43-0 victory for New England, Tom Brady threw early and often to the All-Pro receiver. Brown played 25-of-64 snaps, and corralled 4-of-8 catches for 56 yards and one touchdown. He also had one carry for five yards. Brown led the team in targets, catches and yards.
Brown played into the third quarter of the game, and though he wasn't 100 percent in sync with Brady, especially during a stretch in which the 42-year-old quarterback had four straight incompletions to him, it was a great first step in what looks to be a long-but-fun journey for the former Steeler.
"I don't think any of us had any doubts about (Antonio Brown's) skill set," receiver Josh Gordon said during his postgame press conference. "I think it was just good for everybody to see it in an actual game. He continues to be who we expect him to be, and that a good wide receiver, a good football player. For us, it's a tremendous asset. It takes a huge stress off the offense linemen, the running backs, everybody. There's no way you can pinpoint one facet of our offense and try to shut us down, as you can see.
"With him, he's a huge help. We're glad to have him."
With the New York Jets coming to Foxborough next week, and then facing the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and New York Giants, there will be ample time to get Brown acclimated into the Patriots' offense while giving him a gradual snap increase in the process.
We've seen what he can do with the little amount of playing time he received Sunday afternoon. So imagining what he can do against some lowly opponents going forward with an increased workload is scary and unfair for opposing defenses.
Brown was unavailable for the media session after the game, which is a finable punishment by the NFL. But New England likely cares less, because they are handling Brown the way they want; keeping him out of the limelight and making sure he stays focused on his task with the Patriots, which is producing at an elite level and being Brady's No. 1 target going forward. So far, it's working.