Buccaneers shock the NFL world with Antonio Brown signing
By Rob Leeds
This move does bring some question marks, but the undeniable fact is that the offense has improved again. Scott Miller was performing at a high level, and Justin Watson and Tyler Johnson were beginning to find their stride, but Brown is far better than any of the other options.
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It may be hard for some fans to see these players lose out on reps after a promising start to the season, but the Bucs have made it clear that winning now is the only thing that matters. Tampa Bay wants to make a legitimate run at the Super Bowl, and the chances are higher with Brown than without him.
The Buccaneers run enough 10 and 11 personnel sets that Brown will still have enough opportunities for touches, and there isn’t a defense in the league that can keep up with Brown, Chris Godwin, and Mike Evans.
The other way that this signing helps is that Brown isn’t playing for an opponent. Even if AB gets to Tampa Bay and struggles, at least the Bucs were the team to discover this. The worst season from Brown still tops that of the average WR6 that the Buccaneers could use.
On the other hand, there is a genuine chance that Brown could return to his former abilities, and the Bucs could’ve faced Brown on another playoff contender. Even if the Bucs underuse Brown, at least he won’t go to a dangerous team like the Seahawks or Packers to make the Buccaneer trip to the Super Bowl even more difficult.