- How will Antonio Brown fare with his new team the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
- A series of prop bets relating to Brown’s offensive production are being offered
- The best bets on these props are listed in the following story
The latest last chance for Antonio Brown will come with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The All-Pro but oft-troubled wide receiver began working out with the team this week.
There’s no clear picture yet as to when Brown will make his Bucs debut but that hasn’t stopped the sportsbooks from releasing a series of prop wagers speculating on his production levels in Tampa Bay.
How many games will he play? What will his total touchdown output be? How many receptions yards will Brown accumulate?
These are just a few among a series of props that can be played on the talented but frequently-troubled wideout.
Antonio Brown Over/Under Props
|Prop||Over Odds||Under Odds|
|Total Regular Season Appearances||Over 5.5 (-159)||Under 5.5 (+125)|
|Total Regular Season Touchdowns||Over 3.5 (-118)||Under 3.5 (-105)|
|Total Regular Season Receiving Yards||Over 399.5 (-105)||Under 399.5 (-118)|
Odds as of Oct. 29 at BetMGM
Which Brown Are Buccaneers Receiving?
The first question that should be analyzed by any bettor opting to enter the Brown speculation business is to decipher which version of him are the Bucs going to be getting on the field?
Brown was sensational in Pittsburgh. He’s a seven-time All-Pro selection. He led the NFL in receptions in 2014 (129) and 2015 (136). His reception-yardage numbers led the league in 2014 (1,698) and 2017 (1,533). He was the first receiver in NFL history to reach 100 catches in six successive seasons.
In 2019, Brown topped all NFL receivers with 15 touchdown catches. Since then, though, his career and at time his life, have gone completely off the rails.
In the last year the Steelers ate a $21 million Cap charge to trade him; the Raiders ate two draft choices to cut him; and the Patriots ate a $9 million signing bonus to cut him.
Good luck Buccaneers. #antoniobrown
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) October 23, 2020
Brown sat out a team-issued suspension during his final game with Pittburgh. The Steelers ended up trading him to the Raiders, where he was cut in the preseason after going on social media and openly criticizing the team.
Signed by the New England Patriots, Brown was cut after one game when off-the-field legal issues surfaced. That started a downward path leading to more issues with law enforcement and ultimately a July 31st NFL suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
On the surface, it would appear that the last thing Tampa Bay needs is another wide receiver. Both Mike Evans and Chris Godwin went over the 1,000-yard barrier last season. Scotty Miller offers a capable third option at wideout.
Initially, it seemed hard to find a fit for Brown in the Buccaneers wide receiver room. However, an opening has suddenly appeared.
Godwin Injury Opens Door
Godwin’s injury-plagued season is continuing. This week saw him suffering a broken finger requiring surgery.
Might this be Brown’s opportunity? He worked out with the Bucs for the first time on Wednesday. Still under suspension, Brown is allowed to attend team meetings but only permitted to work out on his own with the team’s strength and conditioning coaches.
Bucs’ HC Bruce Arians on WR Chris Godwin’s fractured finger: “I think it’s very optimistic that he’ll be back in a week, but it could be possible. We don’t know, really, how long. Again, that’s why we have the insurance policy.”
The insurance policy: Antonio Brown.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2020
It’s unlikely that he’ll play on Monday against the New York Giants. However, if Godwin is out for any length of time, suiting up Brown for a key Week 9 NFC South showdown with the New Orleans Saints will prove an enticing option.
Still, it must be remembered that Brown is 32 and hasn’t played a down of football in over a year. Expecting him to walk in and be a productive NFL receiver after such a long layoff is asking a lot.
Taking into account those factors, coupled with his recent personal history, the wise play on any or all of these wagers is the under.
Antonio Brown Special Props
|Two+ Touchdowns in any Regular Season Game||+100|
|200+ Receiving Yards in any Regular Season Game||+400|
|10+ Receptions in any Regular Season Game||+175|
|To Score a Touchdown in his first Regular Season Appearance||+110|
Bucs’ quarterback Tom Brady pushed hard to get Brown to Tampa Bay. He was lobbying head coach Bruce Arians, who was initially set against the idea of rolling the dice on such a potential distraction.
Brady is 43. He’s not thinking long term. He’s only thinking about winning a Super Bowl this season. Obviously, he’s of the opinion that Brown can help make that happen.
There’s nothing that gives Brady more satisfaction than proving people wrong. You can be certain that Brady will do everything in his power to make Brown shine on the field.
Tom Brady wanted Gronk and Antonio Brown this year. Bruce Arians was indifferent to Gronk, and publicly stated there was no room for Brown.
Guess who won?
— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) October 24, 2020
Some of these props will need Brown to be on the field for most of the game. That seems an unlikely scenario.
However, you know Brady will be looking to find Brown for a big play when he makes his Tampa Bay debut. for that reason, playing Brown to score a touchdown in his first regular season appearance looks to be the best bet among this bunch of options.
Pick: Antonio Brown to Score a Touchdown in his first Regular Season Appearance (+110)