Antonio Brown is very good at football. Last season, despite his starting quarterback missing several games due to injury, Brown managed to catch 136 balls for a ridiculous 1,834 yards and 10 touchdowns. Though he stands just 5-foot-10 and weighs only 180 pounds, Brown’s quickness and precise route running have left some of the best cornerbacks grasping at air as he streaks to the end zone.
Detroit Lions cornerback Darius Slay got to experience the 2016 version of Brown before the season even starts, which seems a little unfair, but that’s what happens when you get matched up with the game’s best wide receiver in one-on-one drills during a joint practice in training camp. Brown gave Slay the business so many times—the highlight was three straight “go” routes for touchdowns—that Slay had seen enough of Brown for the rest of his career.
“Oh man, the first one I said I expected that for the crowd, that was cool,” Slay told the Detroit Free Press. “But three of them in a row. I was like, ‘Oh my goodness, I’m already fitting to die here. Like, Come on, you’re going to run another deep route?’ He said, ‘I’m going deep all day, Slay.’ I said, ‘No you cannot. I’m not fitting to go with you more today. Not today.’ He tried to kill me, man.”
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You know you’re the best at what you do when you completely break an opponent’s spirit, in practice no less. Brown worked tirelessly all off-season with trainer David Robinson, and it appears all his effort made him even more impossible to guard, which is unthinkable.
Covering Brown during several practices will make Slay better, no doubt; but for now, he’s going to have to deal with getting burned in front of a whole lot of fans until these joint practices mercifully come to an end.