Here’s what Patriots players are saying about Antonio Brown
Despite all the uncertainty that surrounds Antonio Brown from a legal standpoint, his new Patriots teammates seem happy to have him around.
New England Patriots receiver Antonio Brown arrived in Foxborough and somehow brought with him even more controversy than what he carried into Oakland during his brief ill-fated stint with the Raiders.
While no one actually believed that frostbitten feet or an outlawed helmet would keep him off the field there, rape allegations and a civil lawsuit may very well prevent him from playing here with the Patriots, should the NFL determine enough in their investigation to either suspend AB or put him on the commissioner’s exempt list.
Because of the uncertainty that now surrounds his active status – not to mention his ability to pick up the complex New England playbook and earn Tom Brady’s trust on the fly – Brown’s arrival in Boston hasn’t been quite as exciting or optimistic as it first seemed to be for Pats fans when word of his impending arrival originally got out last Saturday.
That hasn’t stopped his new teammates from acknowledging the impact he’s already making on the practice fields, though. While Bill Belichick has trained his troops well in the art of coachspeak – not a one of them has said anything of note regarding Brown’s lawsuit – several players have opened up to the media to praise Brown as a football player.
“AB is AB. We all know what he brings to the table. Excited to have him here,” safety Duron Harmon told reporters earlier this week, per ESPN. “He’s doing everything the right way.”
Fellow wide receivers Phillip Dorsett, Julian Edelman, and Josh Gordon all agreed with Harmon’s assessment as well.
“(Brown) is a hard worker, (he has) a lot of energy, a playmaker,” said Dorsett, the man of the hour after leading all Patriots wideouts in yards and touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“Dedicated player, one of the hardest working guys in the league, he’s come here every day and done the same thing,” Gordon told reporters, per Patriots.com. “You always look up to the great Antonio Brown. I think he’s one of the best in the league. We expect that from him to continue, and I think he expects that of himself, so it’s a great addition… we’re glad to have him.”
“I think he’s doing well,” said Edelman. “I mean, the dude’s an absolute stud. He’s a really good football player and I think he raises the level for everyone out there because of how good a player he is and how hard he works.”
Brown is expected to make the trip with the Patriots down to Miami. It is also widely believed that the NFL will not intervene this week in determining whether or not he will play; that decision will ultimately fall to Belichick come Sunday afternoon.