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Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. share criticism and support each other

 

Friends for some time, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) exchange jerseys after a game at Pittsburgh on December 4, 2016.

Friends for some time, Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown (84) and Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) exchange jerseys after a game at Pittsburgh on December 4, 2016.

LATROBE, Pa. — Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. might sit out Friday’s Steelers-Giants preseason game at MetLife

Stadium, but Brown expects Beckham to push him in the NFL receiver hierarchy this season.

Brown, 29, who’s close with Beckham, 24, knows both players are up to the challenge.
“Everybody’s coming …That’s what makes the game competitive and amazing,” Brown told ESPN. “A guy like Odell Beckham is a

game-changing guy, trying to unlock the codes. One of my close friends. I always tell him, keep coming.”

Brown says he and Beckham are constantly critiquing each other’s games, including sharing personal videos of their

offseason receiving work — “little stuff, sending clips so we can see each other,” he said.

Brown has a personal videographer who often films his workouts, which usually make their way onto social media platforms.

Beckham, Julio Jones and Brown are widely considered the game’s three best receivers. Brown is aiming for a fifth

consecutive 100-catch season, which hasn’t been done in NFL history.
“If you want to be the best, you have to strive to be the best and sponge off everything,” said Brown of the learning

process with Beckham.

Brown added he can’t detail the notes he shares with Beckham, but that “we share information” on how receivers best get

open.

Both players understand that criticism comes with the job of a high-profile star, Brown said. Beckham has faced scrutiny

for his impatience during games, while Brown navigated an ill-advised Facebook Live locker-room post after a playoff win in

Kansas City.

Brown calls Beckham a “mature guy” who doesn’t need advice on how to handle himself. For now, Brown is busy working on

route combinations with Ben Roethlisberger, whom Brown calls “a general.”

“You’ve got to stay tuned. We’re working on some good stuff,” said Brown of his work with Roethlisberger. “He’s a warrior,

he’s a general. Grateful to play with him.”

Dwight Howard pulled over hours before Hawks eliminated in Game 6

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard was pulled over for speeding in the early morning hours of April 28 — the same day as the Hawks’ series-ending Game 6 loss to the Washington Wizards in the first round.

Howard was going 95 mph in a 65 mph zone, prompting Dunwoody, Georgia, police to pull him over, according to the police report obtained by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Upon questioning Howard, police learned the Hawks center was driving on a suspended registration and without insurance.

Howard was ticketed for lack of insurance, given a verbal warning for speeding and had his car towed.

The Hawks were eliminated 115-99 in a game that tipped off less than 18 hours after Howard’s incident.

An Atlanta native, Howard had nine points and seven rebounds over 23 minutes — the fewest minutes by any of the Hawks’ starters in Game 6.

For the series, Howard averaged just eight points and 10.7 rebounds in 26.2 minutes.