Josh McDaniels, Patriots offense is not going to force ball to Antonio Brown

Ryan Hannable
September 10, 2019 - 1:32 pm

There are a lot of things that will be worth monitoring following the Patriots signing Antonio Brown.

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One of which is keeping him engaged and buying into the system. Part of that is knowing some games Brown may not get as many targets as he would like since that is how the Patriots offense goes -- one week a player could get 10 targets, while the next it could be two.

Speaking on a conference call Tuesday, offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said he and the offense will not force the ball to Brown.

"No, the goal for us is always the same – have a really good week of preparation, try to make sure our guys know what our plan is and we've prepared them as best we can for the opponent, and then go out there and take care of the football and score as many points as we can playing complementary football," he said. "We have a lot of good football players on our team and a lot of guys that have roles that they can perform well. We've got to go out there and put our guys in good positions to be successful, hopefully, with a really good week of practice.

"We'll see how it goes as we go forward, but certainly we've always had the same concept in terms of our run game, pass game, our offense in general. We're going to try to throw it where we're supposed to throw it and we don't try to force the ball anywhere or to anybody because that's not necessarily the way we do it."

Brown will be one of the most talented receivers McDaniels has ever coached, and it seems like he's looking forward to it.

"Antonio's been a productive player, obviously, his whole career," he said. "We've had to defend him numerous times in my time here in New England. [He is] just an overall solid player that has done a lot of good things in our league. I think for us, it's just how quickly we can get him acclimated to our process and our system and to things we do here and just build trust on the practice field, and then see how it goes and kind of let that determine how we build it from there."

While nothing is official, he will likely make his debut Sunday afternoon in Miami.