3. Antonio Brown– Seven guys down, three more to go. For years, a guy named Calvin Johnson was considered to be the best wide receiver in football. This off-season, he decided to call it a career and retire at the age of 30 years old so the question was who would be the new guy that people discuss when talking about receivers? Odell has made numerous plays that leave you speechless and a guy that was featured on this list last week in Julio Jones is also a productive playmaker. They are good football players, but Antonio Brown is in a class of his own and he comes in as my third best player entering the 2016 season, the third of four newcomers and my top rated wide receiver. Also, in the history of The Daily Blitz’s ten best players list, he’s making his debut and has the highest ranking for a newcomer surpassing J.J. Watt who came in at four on the ten best players list in 2013. He was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010 in the sixth round with the 195th pick out of Central Michigan. He wears the number 84 because eight times four equals 32 and that’s the number of teams, the Steelers included that looked past him and if you ask me, that’s some good motivation to keep you uplifted. This guy does everything and then some. He runs his routes with fluidity from one to nine, he’s a tough guy that can take a jam at the line of scrimmage and after he does, he breaks away to get open and standing at 5’10, he plays as if he’s a possession. Those smaller guys have to work to get theirs but he doesn’t wait for the football to come to him. He goes and he gets it. The one thing that always catches my attention when I watch him play is how he gets away from a defender. He can easily use his speed and plant his foot down to fake a guy out, but he loves using that stiff arm and putting a guy down on the ground. No matter what route he runs, he’s a true threat to score each time and he shows great versatility all over the field as he’s able to line up in the slot, outside wide and he’s a force in the special teams aspect of things. He’s Ben Roethlisberger’s go-to guy and together, they’ve established themselves as one of the best quarterback/wide receiver tandems in the game. If you’re a receiver and need to study the fundamentals of a receiver, Antonio Brown is your guy. He has tremendous footwork, makes all the catches and he moves well with the football once it’s in his hands and that’s the most important aspect of the game.
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