Brown hauled in 10 of 14 targets for 110 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-17 overtime loss at Chicago. Brown was the only Pittsburgh player to get much going in a tame performance for this normally explosive offense. His seven-yard touchdown consisted of him catching the ball against off coverage and beating the defender one-on-one to stretch the ball across the plane. With 354 receiving yards in his first three games, Brown has lived up to his status as the top wide receiver off most boards, despite failing to get into the end zone until Sunday.
Brown caught five of 11 targets for 62 yards during Sunday's 26-9 win over the Vikings. Brown was the most targeted Steeler by a healthy margin, but he struggled to break off many big plays as the stout Minnesota defense keyed in on him. While this wasn't the type of production Brown's fantasy owners hoped for, his usage remained high and he is still just a week removed from catching all 11 of his targets. Brown should bounce back with a big performance next week against the Bears.
Brown caught all 11 of his targets for 182 yards in Sunday's win over Cleveland. He had one fumble, but the ball scooted out of bounds. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger connected with Brown on two deep balls, totaling 88 yards, but he did most of his damage on quick outs, slants, and drags - allowing Roethlisberger to deliver the ball in rhythm and produce yards after the catch. Such catch-and-run throws are hard to stop given Brown's speed and technical ability, so expect Brown's high target-to-catch conversion rate to continue - especially when not doubled up. While singling Brown might have been unheard of last season, the return of Martavis Bryant and early success of Jesse James will make it hard for opponents to shade to Brown.
Brown hauled in both of his targets for 28 yards in Saturday's 19-15 preseason loss to the Colts. Brown joined Ben Roethlisberger for the first two series, with Saturday's game marking the pair's preseason debut. The multi-time Pro Bowler made an impressive twisting grab over the middle and appeared to already be in regular-season form. Brown is fully expected to sit out next Thursday's exhibition finale versus the Panthers and next take the field in the Sept. 10 opener versus the Browns.
Brown will make his preseason debut during Saturday's preseason game against the Colts, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Brown did not suit up for either of the Steelers' first two preseason games as the team elected not to risk its No. 1 receiver's health. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will also make his preseason debut Saturday, but the amount of playing time the duo will see remains unclear at this point. Brown will continue to serve as the primary weapon in the Steelers' wide receiver corps, while Martavis Bryant, Eli Rogers, Sammie Coates and rookie Juju Smith-Schuster (knee) battle for targets behind the veteran.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/15||@Kansas City Chiefs||20||23.00|
|12||11/27||Green Bay Packers||8||18.00|
|15||12/17||New England Patriots||27||25.00|
|3 Year Avg||177||124||1605||12||78||12.94||235|