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Mike Tomlin makes odd, yet understandable, comparison between Antonio Brown and J.J. Watt

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's comparison of WR Antonio Brown and J.J. Watt is a bit out of left field, but it makes sense if you consider his possible motivations for saying it.

Justin K. Aller

Both players excel in passing situations but are threats in run situations as well. Both are thought of as two of the best players at their respective positions in the game. Both are producing at prolific rates.

One towers over the other, and neither are the same...size.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin compared the impact potential per play from his wide receiver, Antonio Brown, to the best defensive player in the game, J.J. Watt, at his press conference Tuesday. The comparison, understandably, draws some attention and a bit of skepticism, but it's clear where he's coming from if you watch the Steelers play.

Brown is on pace right now for 120 catches, 1,704 yards and 14 touchdowns, the first two stats would shatter the team's previous franchise records. J.J. Watt is fairly considered to be one of the best defensive linemen of his generation, perhaps even the history of the game.

They're both show-stopping players, and both are worthy of any and all praise they're given, particularly considering they aren't guys who throw the ball in or around the Denver or Boston area. Perhaps Tomlin is just trying to promote the skills of his player - you know, the guy who isn't on commercials.