Patriots react to Antonio Brown's debut: It was awesome

Ryan Hannable
September 15, 2019 - 6:14 pm
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Antonio Brown made his much-anticipated Patriots debut Sunday against the Dolphins.

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After catching three passes on three targets on the opening drive, Brown cooled off a bit, but still had a productive first game in a Patriot uniform.

The wide receiver finished with four catches for 56 yards and a touchdown, while playing 21 offensive snaps per Nick Underhill of The Athletic, in the Patriots' 43-0 win.

Brown did not speak to reporters following the game, but his new teammates had plenty of things to say.

"It was awesome," Julian Edelman said. "He's a playmaker. (He brings) a lot of energy and it is going to make it tough (for other teams)."

While no one on the team would acknowledge it, it appeared Tom Brady and the offense made it a point to get him involved early in the game.

"It was a good start," Brady said. "I was just trying to find an open guy and he was snapping off some routes and did a good job. It was good to find him."

Safety Duron Harmon added: “AB is AB. He’s a great player. We know that. We know his track record in this league.  He is going to continue to get more and more comfortable in this offense and I am excited to see where he heads to.”

Brady and Brown did appear to have a few miscommunications later in the game, but that is to be expected given Brown just joined the team last week and only had three official practices before the game.

A player who may know better than anyone what Brown is going through is Josh Gordon, as he joined the team before Week 3 last season and was also tasked with picking up the offense mid-year.

Gordon did not play the first week he was on the team, rather waited a week so he could have a better understanding of the offense. He wasn't surprised by what Brown was able to do Sunday after being signed just six days earlier.

"No," Gordon said. "He's got a great football mind, football IQ. Guys that are football smart just pick it up faster than others. He's one of those guys that is gifted in that area. He was able to come here and adapt on the fly and he is still learning, as we all are. But it goes to show how much he really wants to be a part of this offense, how much he really wants to contribute and how fast he did it. It was great to see him make that progress today."

Off the field, the woman who accused Brown of sexual assault and rape is reportedly scheduled to meet with NFL investigators on Monday. But, Sunday in Miami was about football and it's clear if Brown stays on the team for the entire season it could be a very special one.

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