Antonio Brown had a stellar preseason for the Steelers in 2010, matching fellow rookie Emmanuel Sanders for the team lead in receptions. And his first NFL touch went for a touchdown on a kickoff return in Tennessee. But he spent much of his rookie season either inactive or fighting for Ben Roethlisberger to look his way every once in a while on a team that included Sanders, Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Heath Miller.
By the end of that season, however, Brown was filling a major role on that team, including making a crucial 58-yard catch against the Ravens against his helmet to help beat the Ravens in the playoffs and send the Steelers on to the AFC Championship.
James Washington knows all about that. How?
Roethlisberger related it to him last week when the two sat down for a chat in the days leading up to the Steelers' 33-30 loss to the Chargers.