This week, Bleacher Report’s Maurice Moton released his picks for the players that will lead the NFL in various statistical categories this season. He didn’t go out on a limb with some, picking Matt Ryan to lead in passing yards and Ezekiel Elliott to get the most rushing yards, but he also predicted new Raiders WR Antonio Brown to lead the NFL in touchdown receptions.
“Don’t worry about Brown’s transition from Pittsburgh to the Oakland Raiders. After the trade became official, he’s worked hard to build chemistry with Derek Carr on and off the field, even showing up at the quarterback’s home. The wideout posted an Instagram video of their working progress on the deep ball,” the article reads. “The Raiders reconstructed their wide receiver depth chart over the last year. With new faces in the top spots, expect Carr to target the best wideout early, often and in crucial situations. After leading the league in receiving touchdowns last season, Brown may do so again in 2019.”
Moton predicts Brown to score 14 touchdowns this upcoming season, which he posits will be the highest total in the NFL.
There are those who question Brown’s ability to replicate his lofty stats from years previous, due to his age and some supposed downgrade at quarterback from Ben Roethlisberger to Derek Carr, but Brown himself looks to be in peak form. Here you can see a video of him doing an eye-hard coordination drill in Miami earlier this week:
There’s a reason they call you the @AB84 You crushed this hand eye coordination drill! @Raiders @TheRaidersWire @BleacherReport @ESPNNFL @NFL @nflnetwork @NFLTotalAccess @BleacherNfl @espn @SportsCenter @gmfb #athletixrehab pic.twitter.com/WThjk48xCV— Dr Reef (@doctor_reef) July 2, 2019
In this video you can see how Brown’s eyes, hands, and brain work quickly and in tandem to grab the balls even while running and jumping on a half medicine ball. With this combined with his impressive physique and it’s no wonder Brown is considered one of the most reliable players in the NFL. Nobody should be surprised if he does lead the league in touchdown catches this year.