Antonio Brown is always on the receiving end of something.Passes from Ben Roethlisberger .Criticism for off-the-field issues .As well as acclaim for being the top wideout in the league.Brown was the near-unanimous choice as the NFL's top wide receiver by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. The All-Pro received nine first-place votes in balloting released Friday.Brown was also last year's top choice."Brown might not be off to an eye-popping start with 29 catches for 272 yards and three touchdowns Manti Te'o Jersey Stitched , but he's still well on pace for over 100 catches and 1,000 yards for the sixth straight year," said New York-based AP Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. "He's consistently dominant 鈥?on the field and in the end zone with his touchdown celebrations."Atlanta's Julio Jones finished second overall. He received the remaining first-place vote. Jones has 29 receptions for 502 yards, but zero TDs as the Falcons have staggered to a 1-3 start."Jones is perhaps the most physically gifted receiver in the league and is on pace for more than 2,000 yards this season," said Bay Area-based AP Football Writer Josh Dubow. "If he caught TD passes, he'd probably be No. 1 on this list."The Saints' Michael Thomas, who leads the NFL with 42 receptions through the first four weeks of the regular season, is third. He set an NFL record with 28 catches Youth Tommylee Lewis Jersey , the most of any NFL receiver in the first two weeks of a season."He might catch 150 balls in that offense," said Philadelphia-based AP Football Writer Rob Maaddi.The Giants' Odell Beckham Jr., tied for fourth in the league with 31 receptions, but also no TDs through the first four weeks, finished fourth."Who would have thought a healthy (Julio) Jones and Beckham would have zero touchdowns combined a quarter of the way through the season? Nobody," said Dallas-based AP Football Writer Schuyler Dixon.Houston's DeAndre Hopkins was fifth followed by Tampa Bay's Mike Evans at No. 6."One of the biggest targets in the game, he's off to a flying start with Ryan Fitzpatrick this year," Minnesota-based AP Football Writer Dave Campbell of the Buccaneers' 6-foot-5 wideout who has reached 1,000 yards in each of his first four seasons.The Vikings' Adam Thielen finished seventh.Cincinnati's A.J. Green Tommylee Lewis Jersey Stitched , who caught a game-winning TD pass with 7 seconds remaining to beat Atlanta last week, was eighth."Off to a terrific start while playing hurt, Green has been at his most dangerous in the Bengals' surprising 3-1 start," said New York-based AP Football Writer Barry Wilner.Kansas City's Tyreek Hill, who has helped the Chiefs get off to a 4-0 start, is ninth."Could have a monster season with the now-ambidextrous Patrick Mahomes," said Denver-based AP Football Writer Arnie Stapleton of the Kansas City quarterback, who threw a memorable left-handed pass in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 27-23 win over the Broncos on Monday night.And the Rams' Brandin Cooks, whose team is also off to a perfect start Youth Tyeler Davison Jersey , rounded out the top 10."Still surprising that the Patriots traded him away after only a season," said Nashville-based AP Football Writer Teresa Walker. "With Jared Goff in the Rams' offense, Cooks should produce very well even with all the targets Los Angeles has."The rankings:1. Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh2. Julio Jones, Atlanta3. Michael Thomas, New Orleans4. Odell Beckham Jr., NY Giants5. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston6. Mike Evans, Tampa Bay7. Adam Thielen Tyeler Davison Jersey Stitched , Minnesota8. A.J. Green, Cincinnati9. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City10. Brandin Cooks, LA RamsWhat we learned: No matter how ugly, Saints shouldn’t underestimate the value of winning As I walked the streets of New Orleans headed towards the Superdome on Sunday I stumbled across a group of Browns fans gleefully partaking in chant.“We’re gonna tie” , they screamed!Sure it was tongue in cheek but at that moment I smiled and realized I was face to face with fans of an organization who’s expectations for their team were so low that a tie vs Pittsburgh last week was a positive thing.If there is satisfaction to be found in a tie simply because it’s “not a loss” ,then the Saints 18-21 win over Cleveland, regardless of how Wesley Snipes in To Wong Foo it was, has to be that it revealed part of their personalityTheir resolveDown 12-10 with (5:10) left to go in the 4th Quarter Marcus Williams would step in front of a Tyrod Taylor throw for an INT resulting in a HUGE momentum shift for the Saints.The offense would eventually take the lead and well you know the story.However Youth Craig Robertson Jersey , If you recall that same scenario presented itself last year in Minnesota.Saints are down, Marcus Williams gets a momentum shifting INT, offense eventually takes the lead but instead of a win they lose on a last second defensive blunder.To get the win this time around cannot be understated!Miscellaneous ThoughtsMarcus Davenport’s run defense has been better than advertised.He’s also one of the top graded players on the Saints defense through 2 weeks of a young NFL season.The question of what would happen if we got Drew a #1 WR are over. When asked about if he’s worried about leaning on just a couple guys in reference to Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara, Sean Payton responded by saying “I worry about the workload relative to the running back position”Translation - Mike’s going to get the ball a lot this year.Deuce mentioned last week that Vonn Bell looked like the Saints best safety opposite Marcus Williams and the staff may have agreed.After playing fewer snaps than Kurt Coleman vs Tampa there was a role reversal as he was involved in 65% of the snaps to Kurt’s 37%After being scarcely used in Week 1 Trey Hendrickson found himself inactive vs Cleveland.Going to assume they expected more of a run oriented game plan and his services weren't needed.Drew targeting Austin Carr twice in redzone has to mean he’s trusted in the offense right?Ted Ginn doesn’t attack the ball if it’s underthrown and I can’t help but think that the training camp version of Tre’Quan Smith at least attempts to make a play on that ball.Football is a game of inches and when I watched the ball get placed just out of the reach of Austin Carr I imagined that Cameron Meredith at 6’3 with 32in arms and a 38in vert probably has a chance at that.The defensive line awoke from it’s slumber vs Browns.They generated 3scks, 6tfl, 2pdef, and 4 hits.Definite uptick over last weeks numbers.After two games it’s impossible to tell if the Saints are a playoff team or an 8-8 team.What I can tell you is that they’ll find a way to stand up before the 10 count and they’ll keep fighting until there is no time left on the clock.Not all of those games will end up in a W but they’ll be close and they’ll be competitive.
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