Antonio Brown is back. When I first heard that the Buccaneers picked up Brown, I did two things. I first rushed to my fantasy football app to check if anyone in my league had him on their roster. Unfortunately, he was already on someone’s bench.
The next thing I did after that disappointment faded away was think about the current state of the Buccaneers. The Buccaneers are 6-2 without Brown. Tom Brady, arguably the greatest quarterback of all time, is the new leader of this franchise.
In the backfield next to Brady is Ronald Jones II, Leonard Fournette, and LeSean McCoy. Brady has an array of superstars that he can target through the air as well. Scotty Evans leads the team in receiving, followed by Mike Evans and Chris Godwin.
Before I begin discussing the impact of Antonio Brown, there’s one more player that you can’t forget to mention. That player is Rob Gronkowski. “Gronk” was utilized as a blocking tight end early in this season, but he’s starting to find his groove as an aerial threat.
If you haven’t seen the Buccaneers play this season, I hope you can tell by this introduction that the team is legit. Football analysts on every channel have claimed this is a “Super Bowl or bust” year for Tampa Bay.
Impact of Antonio Brown – How Did We Get Here?
We first learned a couple of weeks ago that Brown was coming to Tampa Bay. He signed a one-year deal with the team at the end of October for $750,000. With incentives, he has the ability to make up to $2.5 million.
Don’t let this “meager” amount fool you. Brown can still ball and has something to prove to the NFL. That’s a dangerous combination. It’s no secret that Brown comes with baggage, but he has a tremendous upside if he can keep his head on straight.
Reports have shown that he’s adjusting to Tampa Bay. Brown has been living with the Brady family in his Tampa mansion. Even though Brown’s first practice will be on Wednesday, you can’t tell me that this will be the first time Brown has caught a football from the GOAT in recent weeks.
Brown was activated on Tuesday of this week. He has been attending meetings and working out with the team’s strength staff before his activation, but Wednesday will be his first time on the field.
Brown just completed his eight-week suspension for violating the NFL conduct policy, so he must be itching to step foot back on a field.
Impact of Antonio Brown – What Does This Mean for the Buccaneers?
Buccaneers Head Coach Bruce Arians has already stated to the media that Brown will play a role this week against the Saints on Sunday night. He hasn’t come out and said how big a role he’ll play, but Brown will be in the game plan in some capacity.
Throughout his career, we’ve seen the significant impact of Antonio Brown, both in fantasy football and on the field. Brown has hauled in 75 touchdowns in 10 years. He’s a four-time First Team All-Pro and a seven-time Pro Bowler. In one game last season with the Patriots, Brown had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown.
The stats don’t lie. Despite this, there’s still a question mark surrounding Brown. For this questionability to disappear, he’ll need to produce and stay out of trouble. While that’s easier said than done, Brown’s activation should create extra excitement in the Tampa Bay locker room for an already dominant squad.
Impact of Antonio Brown – What Does This Mean for Bettors?
Brown’s signing doesn’t mean anything right now for bettors in my mind. It could mean something next Monday, depending on what happens the night before with his performance. To be cautious, I’ll need to see Brown in a few contests before I make an assessment on the team.
We’ve seen what Tom Brady can do without big-name weapons in the offensive arsenal. If Brown is back to his old form, look out.
When I bet on the Buccaneers, I usually take the over and choose them straight up to win. They’ve gone over five times in eight games this year. Antonio Brown’s arrival won’t change the way I bet the Buccaneers. If things work out, they’ll score even more points per game where they’re currently ranked third.
If Antonio Brown makes the Buccaneers even more dynamic, they’ll be a front runner for my Super Bowl futures bet. They’re currently third in the betting odds at +700. Brown could be the final piece to the Buccaneers puzzle, but only time will tell.