Antonio Brown took to social media this past weekend to hit football fans with the question, "who would you build a team around, Antonio Brown or Odell Beckham Jr.? Cast your vote in the poll below. But more on the topic...
Who would you rather build an offense around: Odell Beckham or Antonio Brown?
By Arun Srinivasan, theScore.com
Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. are unquestionably among the NFL's best wide receivers, both elevating their team's passing games to new heights in 2016.
Beckham has been a bona fide superstar since his first snap, while Brown has been a fixture atop the All-Pro team, with both players acting as a veritable nightmare for cornerbacks and defensive coordinators alike. Brown asked his Instagram followers who they'd rather build a team around, and we pose the same question for you. Below is a case for both players.
The case for Brown
rown produces with unprecedented volume, leading the NFL in receptions during the 2014 and 2015 seasons, while finishing second to Larry Fitzgerald in 2016 after recording 106 catches. There isn't a player - perhaps, aside from Julio Jones - who can play at Brown's level while being expected to carry a gargantuan percentage of their team's passing offense.
The 28-year-old showed marked improvement from 2010-2015, culminating in his career-best season in which he recorded 136 receptions for 1,834 yards, both career highs. Although Brown's production dropped off slightly in 2016, he's shown an upwards trajectory for the majority of his career and has never forgotten that 21 wide receivers went ahead of him during the 2010 NFL Draft. It's this type of edge that bodes well for Brown's career moving forward.
Brown might be the NFL's fastest wide receiver and has dominated elite cornerbacks such as Denver's Chris Harris Jr. in the past, while other teams concede defeat against him and place their top cornerback on the Steelers' second weapon. Posing a mismatch across the field, Brown looks to be one of the NFL's best wideouts with no end in sight.
The case for Beckham
It's easy to forget that Beckham is entering his fourth professional season, accruing a lifetime of highlights during his tenure with the Giants. Beckham broke onto the scene with a marvelous rookie season, recording one of the greatest catches of all time, a feat that has been documented in the Hall of Fame. It's only going uphill from there.
Beckham turns 25 in November and is slated to be the NFL's best wide receivers for the next decade, dominating defenders with his outstanding straight-line and lateral quickness. Although he's 5-foot-11, Beckham's catch radius is second to none as he can retrieve balls that would otherwise seem impossible to haul in.
In three seasons, Beckham holds numerous NFL records, becoming the fastest player to surpass several milestones. The Giants, like Brown's Steelers, are a genuine Super Bowl contender this year, and Beckham is well on the trajectory to becoming one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.