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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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10 biggest surprises of the NFL season so far

Ryan Fitzpatrick Conor McGregor

The NFL is constantly full of surprises, and it’s not often there aren’t at least a handful of unexpected events to mull over. In Week 2 of the 2018 regular season, the NFL once again failed to disappoint.

Through two weeks of the season, very little has gone according to plan or expectations. Surprise teams are making profound leaps forward, while other powerhouses seem to be lacking identity. New head coaches are struggling, players at the end of their careers are thriving and rookies are slowly finding their way.

Here’s a look at the top 10 surprises so far:

10. New York Giants’ offense is nonexistent

Coming into the season, many expected the Giants to establish themselves as a strong offensive team with Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley. However, through two weeks, that has not been the case. The Giants are averaging just 14 points per game, their offensive line has been atrocious, Manning isn’t mobile enough to extend plays, and defenses are easily taking away the deep ball. Despite all those superstars, the team has been rendered one of the worst offensive units in the league.

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Antonio Brown’s agent says WR was tending to ‘personal matter’

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown did not show up for work the day after the Steelers lost a tough game to the Chiefs, but his agent insists the absence has nothing to do with the star wide receiver being dissatisfied in Pittsburgh.

On Tuesday, Brown’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Brown missed meetings and film study on Monday because he was tending to a “personal matter.” He said the absence had nothing to do with Brown’s tweet on Monday, which seemingly challenged the Steelers to trade him. Rosenhaus also insisted Brown does not want to play elsewhere.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin all but confirmed on Tuesday that Brown’s absence was not excused, so it is still somewhat troubling that Rosenhaus had to speak with the team about it. If Brown was tending to a personal matter and has a solid relationship with Tomlin and the organization, it’s unclear why he would need to involve his agent.

In addition to his strange tweet and his absence from work on Monday, Brown has openly supported Le’Veon Bell at a time when other Steelers players have criticized the running back for being selfish with his holdout.

Mike Tomlin seemingly confirms Antonio Brown was not excused from meetings

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed on Tuesday that Antonio Brown was not at work the day before, but it does not sound like the star wide receiver’s absence was excused.

Tomlin was asked by reporters if he was aware Brown would not be in attendance for team meetings and film review, and the coach would not say either way. He only said he is looking forward to meeting with Brown to discuss some things.

If Brown had informed Tomlin ahead of time, it’s a virtual certainty that Tomlin would have shared that with the media in an attempt to put out the flames. Instead, Tomlin only said Brown has not informed the team he wants to be traded. That doesn’t mean there isn’t some tension there.

Between Brown’s absence from work on Monday and the way he fired back at a former Steelers staffer on Twitter, it seems like a safe assumption that the Pro Bowler is frustrated with how things are going in 2018.

Report: Antonio Brown did not show up for meetings on Monday

Antonio Brown

There have been indications that Antonio Brown is upset with the way things have gone for the Pittsburgh Steelers over the first two weeks of the regular season, and that talk will only heat up after the star wide receiver reportedly skipped work on Monday.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown did not show up for team meetings and film review the morning after the Steelers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s unclear if Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was aware ahead of time and excused Brown, but sources told Bouchette they did not know of any reason why he might not attend.

While it may have been a coincidence, Brown also caused a stir on Monday when he fired back at a former Steelers PR staffer who said Brown is “lucky” the team drafted him. Brown’s response was that Pittsburgh should trade him if they want to know how he would fare with another team.

Brown is off to a somewhat slow start by his standards, though he does have 18 catches through two games. He has not, however, eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark, which is something fellow receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster did in each of the Steelers’ first two games.

In addition to his strange tweet and his absence from work on Monday, Brown has openly supported Le’Veon Bell at a time when other Steelers players have criticized the running back for being selfish with his holdout. Brown already has a history of creating distractions in Pittsburgh, most notably with the infamous locker room video he shared on social media following a playoff win two seasons ago. It’s possible he and the team are on rocky ground.

Antonio Brown fires back at ex-employee who says he is ‘lucky’ to play for Steelers

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown has been arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL for the past six years, and Ben Roethlisberger deserves a lot of credit for the success the star wide receiver has had. But if you want to know exactly how much credit, Brown knows a way we can figure that out.

On Monday, a former Steelers PR employee implied on Twitter that Brown would not be nearly as rich and successful if he didn’t play for the Steelers. Brown fired back by saying the team should trade him to find out.

The response was surprising, as it almost seems like Brown is challenging the Steelers over something a fan said. Pittsburgh has no intention of dealing Brown and obviously considers him incredibly valuable, which is why they pay him $17 million per year.

Conspiracy theorists might argue that Brown’s tweet on Monday combined with the way he has supported Le’Veon Bell indicates he is irritated with the Steelers, but there’s no real reason to think that. He’s likely just venting after the tough start the team has gotten off to in 2018.

Antonio Brown stands behind Le’Veon Bell amid controversy

Antonio Brown

Le’Veon Bell has a high-profile ally in the Steelers locker room despite the controversy surrounding his holdout.

Bell has not yet reported to the Steelers and it appears all but certain he will not play in the team’s Week 1 game. The running back seems to have few allies on the team as a result of his decision to hold out and remain aloof. On Thursday, Antonio Brown offered his support and indicated all will be good when Bell returns to the team.

Bell has been bashed by teammates anonymously. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert expressed his disappointment over the situation. Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell “selfish”.

Bell has clearly rubbed more than a few people within the organization the wrong way. However, he has the support of perhaps the team’s best player, which has to mean a lot.

Antonio Brown accuses reporter of ‘making s— up’

Antonio Brown

Antonio Brown was upset with one of the reporters who covers the Pittsburgh Steelers and called him out over Twitter Monday.

Brown returned to action on Saturday after missing time with a quad injury. Two days later, a report from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Ed Bouchette made it seem like Brown may have suffered a setback. Bouchette reported that Brown had “limped off practice” on Monday.

Brown did not like that report from Bouchette and let him know it.

“Bro seriously have some respect you making s— up clown,” Brown said in response to Bouchette’s tweet (profanity edited).

Did Brown have a good reason for being upset? Another Steelers reporter said Brown was not limping.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said in a tweet that Brown did limp off the field.

Maybe we need video to determine things once and for all. The good news is that Brown did not re-aggravate the injury.

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