Antonio Brown made his New England Patriots debut Sunday, returning to his hometown to face the Miami Dolphins.
Brown, who was not placed on the commissioner’s exempt list after he was accused in a civil lawsuit of sexual assault and rape, is playing in his first game since Week 16 of last year after a tumultuous offseason. The four-time all-pro was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders in March, but he was released by the organization last Saturday after clashing with coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock.
Follow along for the latest on Brown from Sunday’s game.
— On the Patriots’ first play from scrimmage, Tom Brady hit Brown over the middle for an 18-yard gain to the Dolphins’ 39.
— After a play on the sidelines, Brown ran a quick out route and Brady hit him for a 10-yard gain and a first down.
— On Brady’s third pass of the day, Brown ran a hook pattern. Complete for an 8-yard gain.
— Brown also drew a defensive holding penalty that led to Sony Michel’s 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Patriots an early 7-0 lead.
— The Patriots are getting creative in their efforts to get the ball in Brown’s hands. On a second down play, Brown took a handoff on a reverse that gained 5 yards.
— With the Pats having a first down at the Dolphins’ 20, Brown lined up in the slot and Brady hit him with a perfectly thrown ball at the pylon for a touchdown.
Tom Brady continues to look Brown’s way in the second half. On third down at the Miami 10, Brown had one-on-one coverage in the end zone but the pass was broken up by Dolphins cornerback Eric Rowe.
The Patriots really didn’t need to throw to Brown much in the second half as they rolled to a 43-0 victory over the Dolphins.
Four receptions on eight targets, a team-leading 56 receiving yards and a TD.
One rush for 5 yards.