The Pittsburgh Steelers come into the 2013 season having shed a few key players from the past few years. Some fans are looking at this in a negative way, but most feel that it was time to freshen things up a bit in the Steel City.
The loss of wide receiver Mike Wallace is going to make an impact on this Steelers’ offense. There’s no denying it, he was extremely talented and made the unit more dynamic. His ability to get down the field and stretch the defense will certainly be missed. However, with every player departure, comes an opportunity for someone else to elevate their game.
Antonio Brown is a prime candidate to be that guy. He and Wallace had been the 1-2 punch for the last couple of years in Pittsburgh, but now he’s most definitely their No. 1 guy in terms of production.
In his three-year career, Brown has been nothing but solid thus far. He’s started 13 games and racked up over 2,000 yards through the air (mostly over the past two years). But with his lack of size (5-10, 186 lbs.), Brown has only found the end zone on 7 occasions.
This is his year to step up and become the man for Ben Roethlisberger. There are going to be others in the receiving corps that will have to do the same, but Brown needs to firmly establish himself as the go-to guy. I expect him to rise to the occasion, while setting career highs in receptions, yards, and touchdowns in 2013.
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