In case you’ve been out of the country, without access to the internet, or just decided to go on one of those trendy “social media cleanses” for the past few days, I’ll reiterate it once more – the Oakland Raiders have acquired All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown.
In exchange for a third and a fifth-round pick, the Silver and Black now have arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL – and a future Hall of Famer – on their roster, giving Derek Carr the type of weapon that few quarterbacks in the league are fortunate enough to have.
In this episode of Upon Further Review, NFL Network analyst – and Pittsburgh native – Dave Dameshek joins the program to discuss what AB’s departure from the Steel City means for both the Steelers and the Raiders, and just how good No. 84 really is.
“Antonio Brown, like I say, is to me – and [this] sounds hyperbolic – if you really think it through, and really look at the numbers, and everything else, that are not owed to the generation in which AB plays, compare his targets to Jerry Rice’s targets year to year, you’ll see some similarities there,” said Dameshek. “It’s not like Jerry Rice was getting infinitely fewer targets annually than Antonio Brown was, to provide a difference in Antonio Brown’s production. He’s in the midst of – as you guys get him now – he’s in the greatest six-season run ever. I think he is QB proof. I think that Derek Carr will thrive with him.”
After Dameshek departs to return to the frenzy that is free agency, former Raiders quarterback – and a guy who played with Brown in Pittsburgh – Bruce Gradkowski stops by to talk about what the addition of AB will mean to the Raiders offense, specifically for Carr.
“You have one of the best playmakers out there in the game of football [who’s] now a Raider, and they kept all three first-round picks, so I think it was a huge move for the Raiders,” Gradkowski added. “I’m excited for AB. A fresh start, and I think it’ll be good for him.”
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