“He Looked Like He Was About 25 Again”

September 15th, 2021


Joe will drop a Jeopardy answer here and fans can guess the question:

Eight touchdowns, 110 receptions and 1,499 yards.

What were Antonio Brown’s wide receiver stats at 25 years old?

Joe brings this up because yesterday on Bucs Total Access, Bucco Bruce Arians said of Brown that “he looked like he was about 25 again” versus the Cowboys.

Joe doesn’t think Arians was overhyping. Brown looked like that through training camp and preseason after an offseason knee surgery he allegedly had put off for years.

NFL fans everywhere remember Brown at 25; he was dominant and electric. That 2013 season also saw Brown have an exceptional punt return average of 12.8 yards as a full-time returner.

Imagine if Brown really has found his youth for this season. If that’s the case, Joe expects the Bucs to make running the ball as irrelevant as NFL fans have experienced in many years.

28 Responses to ““He Looked Like He Was About 25 Again””

  1. Robert Says:

    now if ME would stop sulking and play

  2. Knucknbuc Says:

    @robert how was mike evans sulking? Lol you make up whatever you want to see huh? Clown lmao

  3. Brandon Says:

    Evans isn’t sulking. Where do you never played the game peons come up with this crap?

  4. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Mike wants just to win. Sulking?
    Where does this thinking about Mike come from?
    Not seen in his play, or his attitude.

    GO BUCS!!!!


    AB drinking that Tom Brady ELIXIR

  6. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I stated last week before the game that I believed AB would have another one of his HOF seasons this year.
    6 straight 100 catch seasons, this guy still has the juice to reach that again. He is going to get the targets. So we will see.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Ben green Says:

    Told y’all he’ll lead the team in catches and yards. Godwin will probably have more targets. He and Brady have unfinished business from NE. Brady felt cheated when the pats cut him. In hindsight, the big rape alligation turned out to be a misunderstanding amongst friends. He’s still a cretin and hard to cheer for. Brady has some kinda cosmic connection to this douchebag, that I’ll never understand

  8. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    ME13 will go off on the Falcons this week as they do not have the defense to double up ME like the cowboys did…the cowboys let the AB Godwin and Gronk run free and brady saw that and took advantage of it

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    What happened to AB in the 2nd half?

    Were they doubling him?

  10. Casual Observer Says:

    August is likely right. AB is an amazing talent. Our three WR’s are the best trio ever seen on one team in the NFL.

  11. Steven007 Says:

    One of the major advantages of having Brady at quarterback is he has no issue whatsoever going away from the receiver that’s being doubled. Evan’s got a lot of that week one. He won’t get that every week. AB will clearly start drawing more attention. Which leaves Godwin and gronk. First world problems guys… 👍

  12. Medicated Pete Says:

    On monday’s, AB probably feels 85yrs old. Use him wisely for our long term success (today’s words of wisdom from Medicated Pete) 🧘‍♂️

  13. mark2001 Says:

    Pete…I doubt he feels old on Mondays. The guy is so slick, he seems to avoid most big hits. It is more like, OK… I’ve gotten all there is to get out of this play. Time to fold it up and get ready for the next play. Frankly, I’ve never seen anything quite like the guy runs his routes and is so aware every second on the field where he is at or going, and where the dangers come from.

  14. mark2001 Says:

    Philosophically, it is like Evans says…I’m getting this ball. Then tackle me if you can. Godwin is like… I got it…now try to stop me before I run over you. Brown is like…I fooled you ..again. Got what there is to get out of this play…Next.

  15. Buxszntkt Says:

    Pete I think you’re thinking that because you feel 85 after mixing Natty Light and your meds all Sunday ! LOL, weren’t you at 4 by 11am, LOL!

  16. Medicated Pete Says:

    @Mark2001 AB’s body control & suddenness is insane for someone his age or at any age

    @Buxszntkt <— You nailed it. I feel 85 right now after a bender

  17. Irishmist Says:

    Ponce de Leon was only a few hundred years off.

  18. Defense Rules Says:

    ” Joe expects the Bucs to make running the ball as irrelevant as NFL fans have experienced in many years.”

    Irrelevant? Not hardly. With a QB like Brady, and with receivers like we have, NOT running the ball at a reasonable percentage is an invitation to score about 30 or so points per game … and still lose. And ESPECIALLY when you lose the Turnover Battle like we did last Thurs night in our opener. On the average pass-pass-pass usually translates into a lousy Time of Possession, meaning that your defense ends up staying on the field far too long. And especially when you have older veterans like we do. Too many plays wears the defense down by the 4th qtr … just like it did Thurs night when our defense surrendered a LONG drive (11 plays) to the go-ahead Dallas FG with just over a minute to play.

    The only experience we have with Tom Brady at the helm is last year when we went 11-5 in the regular season then won 4 playoff games to clinch the Super Bowl win. On the season, Bucs rushed 369 times, passed 626 times, suffered 22 sacks for a total of 1,017 offensive plays. That means we ran it on 36.3% of the plays in the regular season (one of the lowest % in the NFL BTW).

    But it gets interesting when you look at our 5 losses. In those 5 games Bucs ran the ball LESS THAN 33% of the time in FOUR of those 5 losses (31.3% runs against the Bears, 10.9% run against the Saints (Game 2), 26.9% run against the Rams and 23.6% run against the Chiefs). The ONLY game that we won where we ran it less than 33% was against the Lions (27.3%). Wonder why.

    Our experience in the playoffs however was totally different. Whereas we only ran it on 36.6% of our plays in the regular season, we ran it on 44.2% of our plays in the playoffs. Actually makes sense IMO; the pass defenses especially were considerably better against the pass during the playoffs (Rams #1 against the pass; WFT #2; Saints #5 and Chiefs #14) than what we faced in the regular season.

    Hmmm, maybe it’s a good thing we had a REAL running game in the playoffs (we out-rushed our opponents 490 rushing yds to 364 yds). And in the process we won the TOP battle in 3 of our 4 playoff games (the only one we lost the TOP battle was the Green Bay game, and that ‘coincidentally’ was the playoff game where we ran the least (lowest run-pass percentage). But hey, that’s all ‘irrelevant’ it seems.

  19. Eddie Marz Says:

    Stupid comment on Evans, but AB is bringing it. I’m sure when Brown gets too double teaming Brady will find Mike. Probably in the END ZONE. GO BUCS!

  20. Bojim Says:

    I’m sure Brandon was an equipment manager, maybe.

  21. adam from ny Says:

    potential three 1000 yard receivers?

    #13 #14 #81

    and gronk with 750 possibly……?


  22. PassingThru Says:

    Mixing in a few running plays will keep the defenses honest. If the defenses know you’re going to pass, they’ll keep nickel or dime defensive packages on the field, with lighter coverage LBs. You make them pay the price by running right at them. Conversely, if a team knows you’re going to run it (particularly on third and short) they’ll go with a heavier front 7 and SS personnel package. That can be the ideal time to a rapid sequence of passing plays as the defense won’t have time to change their personnel.

  23. Listnfrmafar Says:

    The problem with the running game is that’s it’s straight up the middle or off tackle very few counters or sweeps. As for AB, he is a 7 time pro bowler not sure what the expectations were but I assume pretty high. Nothing against Evan’s or Godwin but AB will be #1 receiver by mid season. Just watch the way he gets open, moves, catches the ball, run after catch and how he protects himself, all superior to Evan’s and CG.

  24. rrsrq Says:

    Rojo might run for 125 this week, if we block Grady Jarret, if Tom is gonna throw for 300 we better block GJ

  25. unbelievable Says:

    Don’t mind Robert, he consistently has some of the absolute worst takes out of anyone on JBF.

  26. allbuccedup Says:

    Doesn’t matter who gets the football as long is we get back to the big dance.

  27. M. Steelman Says:

    Brady will insist they run the ball. Play action is TB12’s bread and butter. They will run if he has to hand off to Gronky Kong! Just realized I have not seen GK get a handoff from my boy. BA Make That Happen! Let Suh be his full back then send all that beast meat around the end! How would you like to be a tiny db and see that load coming? Go bucs!

  28. BucsCoolade Says:

    Antonio’s lookin a bit like Troy…

    The Brown studs who had bradys love and really great moves as receivers and returners..