Zack Cox: Brady, Patriots 'Excited' To Have Antonio Brown

LISTEN: Patriots Writer Joins 'After Hours' Following New England's Win

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
September 09, 2019 - 8:51 am
A detail of a sign for Antonio Brown (not pictured) during the game between the New England Patriots and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Gillette Stadium on September 08, 2019 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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Antonio Brown wasn't eligible to play in the Patriots' season-opening win against the Steelers, but his presence was felt at Gillette Stadium on Sunday night.

The reported one-year, $15 million signing is all but official. He landed in Rhode Island before New England opened up its season to meet with Patriots brass. Multiple Patriots players acknowledged Brown's decision to sign with the team on social media. Tom Brady reportedly even opened up his home to Brown until he gets settled with the team.

Following New England's 33-3 win over Pittsburgh, NESN reporter Zack Cox joined "After Hours with Amy Lawrence" to express the team's optimism to add the seven-time Pro Bowl receiver. 

"Everybody seems excited," Cox said. "[Patriots head coach] Bill Belichick is not addressing it yet, which isn't too big of a surprise. He won't make any official comments on it until Antonio Brown is officially on the Patriots, which he is not yet. But everybody that we talked to in the locker room after the game from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman to even some of the guys on the Patriots defense, they all seem very excited to have Antonio Brown in the mix here and why wouldn't they?"

Patriots wideouts flourished in the Week One win. Phillip Dorsett led all wide receivers with 95 yards and two touchdowns on four catches. Julian Edelman led the way with six catches, totaling 83 yards. Josh Gordon, who played for the first time since Week 15 last season, caught three passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. Brady certainly had no issue connecting with a variety of options. Brown could only add to the Patriots' success in the passing game. 

The Raiders released Brown on Saturday, ending his brief and dramatic stint with the team. He reportedly confronted Raiders' general manager Mike Mayock about being fined and led to an outburst at team practice. He demanded his release when he was fined for the incident. Cox believes the Patriots will be able to contain Brown's antics.

"I think they believe that their locker room culture is strong enough that they can bring in a guy like this who obviously was basically a disaster for the last year over two different franchises," Cox said. "They think they can bring him in and sort of get him to adapt to their standards.  

"Talent wise, you really can't do much better than Antonio Brown. I think his antics have overshadowed recently just how good he is. This isn't a guy who had a lot of good seasons five, six years ago and has tapered off. He was a 1,200-yard receiver, 15 touchdowns last year. Bringing him into this offense that already has Tom Brady and all those other receivers, this is just a ridiculously super-powered offense right now. And I think that's why the Patriots are happy to have him here."

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