The Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown does almost everything to perfection. But if there's one cut on Brown which is repeated often, it's about his speed.
You hear commentators and media state how he doesn’t have “breakaway speed”, and how he “can’t run by anyone.” While Brown certainly has made up for this lack of speed throughout his career with incredible elusiveness and agility, it doesn’t mean he's ignoring speed as an area for improvement.
In fact, this has been a focus of Brown’s for the past few seasons, and a former teammate took to his verified Twitter account to mention just how his speed has improved. Former running back, and track star, Josh Harris, stated how he and Brown met up when Brown was in Texas for his “Defeat Doubt Tour” to run 40-yard sprints.
If you follow Harris on Twitter, not only does he know what he's talking about when it comes to fitness and football, but he doesn’t sugar-coat things either.
See what he had to say:
Me and AB ran 40s today. My boy going for 2,000 yard this year. Trust me. #HesGottenFaster— The Bishop (@JoshHarris25) July 16, 2018
Could Brown achieve what Harris suggests -- a 2,000 yard season?
It's never been done before in the history of the NFL, and while Brown has been on a similar pace in previous years, there's a reason why the greatest ever to play the position haven’t achieved it.
Nonetheless, maybe improved straight-line speed is what will make Brown even more of a complete package at the wide receiver position. We already know he has the lateral and short-area quickness to succeed...maybe the straight-line speed is the missing piece for Brown and, hopefully, in the Steelers’ puzzle this season.