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Antonio Brown breaking records of the lesser-known variety

People may not be quick to recognize Steelers' WR Antonio Brown outside of Pittsburgh, but he's making his mark on his team, its opponents and the NFL.

Grant Halverson

Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown holds some odd records in the NFL.

He's the first and only player to gain 1,000 receiving yards and 1,000 punt return yards in the same year. Last night, in Pittsburgh's 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers, Brown became just the second player with at least five catches and 50 yards in 19 consecutive games, sharing that mark with ex-Jets and Redskins receiver Laveraneus Coles.

Last night, he also passed Santonio Holmes for 11th place all time in receiving yards in team history. With another 200 receiving yards, he'll pass Mike Wallace for 9th place. He also topped Franco Harris's record for all-purpose yards in the first five years of his career, reaching 6,189 in the span of only four years and three games.

He'd have a tough time capturing these accolades on a resume, but he really shouldn't need to. Those who follow the Steelers certainly know who Brown is, but with big-time performances in prime time like his 10-catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns, those outside Pittsburgh should take notice as well.

Heading into Week 3's Monday Night game between Chicago and the Jets, Brown is fifth in the NFL with 22 catches, three off of the pace currently being set by ex-Steeler WR Emmanuel Sanders, who's now with Denver. He's second among receivers with 61 yards after the catch, and is third with three touchdowns.

But just like the somewhat odd records he's setting, his truest value is hidden away from the eyes of the common NFL fan. Brown has 296 receiving yards and more than half of his catches were passes received at or around the line of scrimmage. None of the four players with more yards than him have a higher target-to-catch ratio (78.5 percent).

Scroll through whatever receiving statistic you'd like and the odds are excellent you'll see Brown in the top five. The bulk of his catches are on short throws, but two of this three touchdowns have come from 30 yards out or more.

He may be racking up lesser-known or less-heralded records, but he's indeed breaking them. It's clear he hasn't slowed down since his record-shattering year of 2013, and the Steelers offense continues to improve as their most consistent performer leads the way.

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