Antonio Brown emulating Chris Johnson during Steelers practice
Rookie wide receiver Antonio Brown isn't just auditioning this week for a spot on the Steelers' active roster Sunday.
"Coach (Mike Tomlin) picked me out of everybody on the team to play (Titans running back) Chris Johnson," Brown said Wednesday after practice. "I'm going to take the initiative to give the defense a good look and get them prepared."
Of course, there is only so much Brown can do to emulate Johnson, who last season became only the sixth player in NFL history to rush for at least 2,000 yards in a season.
"From a receiver to the best running back in the NFL is a little different," strong safety Troy Polamalu said.
Brown is hoping to be one of the receivers that dresses against the Titans after not playing in the season opener because of a numbers crunch.
He and fellow rookie Emmanuel Sanders appear to be in a weekly competition for the final wide receiver spot on game day.
Brown is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at kickoff and punt returner, and he could get an opportunity in Nashville if a quadriceps injury that limited Sanders in practice yesterday lingers.
"I'm preparing every week for what coach has in store for me and hopefully the opportunity will present itself," Brown said.
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