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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

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Raiders plan to use Antonio Brown in slot

The Oakland Raiders are thrilled about the addition of Antonio Brown to their team, and they want to make the most of his presence.

According to Las Vegas Review-Journal Raiders reporter Michael Gehlkin, the Raiders plan to use Brown in multiple ways this season. That includes having him work in the slot.

Brown is a true No. 1 receiver and typically has operated as the “X” receiver during his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The X receiver lines up on the outside, at the line of scrimmage, is often the primary option on passing plays, and tends to draw the opposing team’s best cornerback. Prior to becoming as dominant as he did with Pittsburgh, Brown served as a slot receiver — the “Z” position, also known as a flanker. That receiver lines up behind the line of scrimmage and typically in between a tight end and another receiver split further out wide. Slot receivers often draw nickel cornerbacks in coverage, which can create the opportunity for a mismatch.

The Arizona Cardinals under Bruce Arians moved their best receiver — Larry Fitzgerald — to the slot to take advantage of such mismatches and help extend his career. If the Raiders are thinking about doing the same with Brown, they are thinking creatively and looking for ways to get the most out of him.

The 7-time Pro Bowl receiver is coming off a 104-catch, 1,297-yard season for Pittsburgh. Brown’s 15 receiving touchdowns last season led the league.

Ben Roethlisberger: Antonio Brown won’t let me apologize in person

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger says he has tried to settle any issues that exist between him and Antonio Brown, but his former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate does not seem interested in hearing what the quarterback has to say.

In an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh on Monday, Roethlisberger publicly apologized to Brown for going too far in his criticism of him, particularly when he blamed Brown for an interception in a game against the Denver Broncos last year. Big Ben then explained on Tuesday that he has tried to bury the hatchet with Brown in private, but the new Oakland Raiders star won’t respond to his calls or texts.

“I would have loved to have had the chance to talk to him,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s why I said (Monday), whatever I did to offend him, I apologize for it. I tried to do that in person, talk to him. He wouldn’t allow me to.”

Roethlisberger sounds like he is being sincere, but Brown does not seem to be buying it. Shortly after Ben’s interview aired on Monday, Brown sent a cryptic tweet that many believe was a direct response.

Last season was not the first time Roethlisberger had criticized Brown, as he also called him out for pouting two years ago. The two were at odds the next season over the national anthem, and then they had their infamous altercation at the end of last season.

Perhaps Brown and Big Ben will hug it out one day, but now obviously is not the time.

Did Antonio Brown respond to Ben Roethlisberger with tweet?

Antonio Brown

Did Antonio Brown respond to Ben Roethlisberger with a tweet sent on Monday? That’s what some are thinking.

During an interview with KDKA in Pittsburgh that aired in two parts, Roethlisberger apologized for going too far in his criticism of Brown. The Steelers quarterback said sorry for blaming Brown for an interception and apologized if the criticism ruined their relationship.

Not long after Roethlisberger’s comments were publicized online, Brown sent the following tweet that said “two face.”

He sent another follow-up tweet:

KDKA, which aired the Roethlisberger interview, thinks the tweet was intended for Roethlisberger.

The relationship between Brown and Roethlisberger has been frayed for a while. Big Ben called out Brown for pouting two years ago. The two were at odds the next season over the national anthem, and then they had their infamous altercation at the end of last season.

Brown forced his way out of Pittsburgh and got traded to the Oakland Raiders this offseason, while the Steelers extended Roethlisberger’s contract. The two players will be going their separate ways moving forward after nine seasons as teammates.

Ben Roethlisberger sorry for going ‘too far’ with Antonio Brown criticism

Ben Roethlisberger

Ben Roethlisberger thinks he could have done some things differently during the final season of his doomed relationship with Antonio Brown.

The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback apologized for going “too far” with some of his criticism of Brown, particularly after a November game against Denver when Roethliberger publicly criticized the receiver’s route running.

Roethlisberger’s leadership style is frequently public and sometimes confrontational, and that clearly grated on Brown. After the season ended, the wide receiver went scorched earth on Roethlisberger before his eventual trade to Oakland. Nobody should be holding their breath for Brown to accept Roethlisberger’s apology at this point.

Antonio Brown tells ex-teammate Ryan Clark to ‘stop mentioning my name’

Former Steelers defensive back Ryan Clark was one of the first people to rip Antonio Brown for the star receiver’s antics toward the end of his tenure in Pittsburgh, and Brown has heard enough.

When one of his Twitter followers said Thursday that he rarely tells the truth about things, Clark responded by reminding the fan that he ended up being right when he said the Steelers need to part ways with Brown and move on from the drama.

Brown didn’t appreciate the response from Clark, and his told his former teammate to “stop mentioning my name.” Clark, of course, did not back down.

When things came to a boil with Brown in Pittsburgh, Clark said he knew back in 2012 that Brown was going to become a problem for the team. Clark had previously unloaded on Brown over some of his sideline outbursts, and Brown had a very strong response to Clark before the Steelers traded him. It’s safe to assume these two probably won’t be getting together for dinner anytime soon.

Antonio Brown seems to indicate he is done giving ‘ammo’ publicly

It’s been another very dramatic week for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown on social media, but he seems to be hinting that he’s finished stirring the pot.

On Tuesday, Brown tweeted that there would be “no more ammo” for “media fakes,” seemingly indicating that he was done with his provocative social media comments.

The target of Brown’s ire has been former teammate JuJu Smith-Schuster, seemingly without much provocation. The new Raider has been criticized on social media for his conduct, and Smith-Schuster tried to take something akin to the high road in response. Brown probably doesn’t care about the critics, but every inflammatory thing he says about a former teammate is a distraction that nobody needs.

Steelers LB denies mocking Antonio Brown with social media ‘clowns’ tweet

It has been nearly a month since the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, but the star wide receiver is still finding a way to feud with ex-teammates. Vince Williams appeared to become the latest, though the veteran linebacker insists a cryptic tweet he sent Monday had nothing to do with Brown.

Williams wrote on Twitter that he is not one to air out his personal relationship drama on social media, and he called those who do “clowns.”

Of course, Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster went back and forth a bit on social media over the weekend after Brown called out JuJu for his crucial fumble in Pittsburgh’s Week 16 loss to the New Orleans Saints last season. Since Williams and Smith-Schuster are still teammates, many assumed Williams was taking aim at Brown with his tweet on Monday. He says that was not the case.

Given the timing, that is pretty hard to believe. Either way, Brown was not deterred by the remark. Not long after Williams shared his thoughts on social media being used for personal feuds, Brown made himself look bad by sharing a screenshot of a direct message Smith-Schuster sent him four years ago.

If Williams was trying to send a message to Brown, you can’t really blame him. The whole thing has been childish, and Brown is making himself look worse by the day.