Coordinators are often asked during the week to compare the players they’re facing to the ones they’ve seen before. In this case, Keith Butler is delivering some high praise.
The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive coordinator said Friday that Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, whom his defense will play Sunday, reminds him of Antonio Brown. He sees the similarity in Landry’s quickness and route-running, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Twitter.
It’s something to compare anyone to Brown, who is leading the NFL in receptions for the third season running. The seventh-year veteran is considered by many to be the best receiver in the NFL for his separation in and out of breaks, which has helped him record 1,499 yards or more in three straight seasons.
In his third season, Landry doesn’t have that kind of resume, but he does consistently receive praise around the league for his athleticism. The former first-round pick out of LSU often runs out of the slot and makes plays in a number of ways, whether it’s on quick screens, motion screens, drag routes, jet sweeps or even punt returns.
On a 29th-ranked Miami offense with so little else going, Landry ranks fifth in the league with 34 receptions, just three fewer than Brown. He’s the focal point of what Miami does with no feature back and no other wideout boasting more than 15 receptions.
Landry entered the league with more acumen than did Brown, a former sixth-round pick out of Central Michigan. The league’s top receiver is a high ceiling for the 23-year-old Landry to ascend to, but after he totaled 1,157 yards as a sophomore, the comparison isn’t all politeness.