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Two of the NFL’s best wide receivers will be catching passes in different cities next season. Antonio Brown has moved on after nine massively successful seasons in Pittsburgh, and will be applying his trade in Oakland after being traded to the Raiders. ODell Beckham Jr. was also traded, and will be playing for the Cleveland Browns next season. With these two stars both with new beginnings, which star will shine the brightest in the first season with their new team?
While Antonio Brown is known to be outspoken, one thing that no one can say is that he doesn’t back it up. Brown has been vastly productive in his nine seasons in the NFL. The speedster has 1,000+ receiving yards in seven of his nine seasons, and is coming off of another huge season in which he caught 104 passes for 1,297 yards and a league-leading 15 touchdowns.
ODell is putting together similar statistics in his young career. The 26-year-old has 1,000+ yards in every season of his career in which he has played over four games. Despite the lackluster offense in New York, ODell had another great season last year, catching 77 passes for 1,052 receiving yards and six touchdowns.
The Brown and Raiders will both benefit heavily from adding these two aerial threats. The Browns are a team that many are getting excited about. Baker Mayfield has shown that he can manage an NFL game, and the young talent in Cleveland seems to be developing much quicker than anyone had thought possible. ODell will be set up for success in Cleveland, as the Browns have a balanced, young offense that poses multiple threats.
Antonio Brown’s situation is not as clear-cut. The Raiders struggled last season with Derek Carr, and have not done enough to build this offseason. Oakland is lacking a consistent threat on the ground, and looks like they will not be bringing back Marshawn Lynch next season. Expect Antonio Brown to have a difficult first season. Much of the offensive production will be expected to come from him, making it that much more difficult to produce the goods in his first season in Oakland.