Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said eight-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown looked fantastic during his first workout with the team. Brown, who has been out of the NFL since last year's September, was signed to a one-year deal by the Buccaneers last week.
"He looks fantastic. I think we had really good conversations today, he and I," Arians said of Brown, per ESPN. "He was in the meetings and everything. And he's working with Anthony Piroli and the strength staff.
He looks in great shape. Yeah, ready to go next week." Just before the season started, Brown was handed an eight-game suspension by the NFL for multiple violations of NFL's policy conduct. Brown won't be eligible to play this week's game against the New York Giants but he will be eligible to return in Week 9 against the New Orleans Saints.
"It went real well. He and I had a good conversation this morning," Arians said. "He'll be ready to go next week and in good shape."
Arians confident he won't have problems with Brown
After signing with the Las Vegas Raiders in the summer of 2019, Brown never played a game for the game as he forced his way out of the organization.
"He wants to play. If you want to play, you've got to do it," Arians said. "In our conversation today, it's, 'Go to football practice, go to work, come home and go back to work.' He's all-in.
I don't think we'll have any problems with those things." Per report, after signing with the Buccaneers, Tom Brady made it clear to the team he wanted Brown. This week, six-time Super Bowl champion Brady was asked to explain why he was supportive of Brown, who has twice been accused of sexual misconduct in the past year and he's currently on felony probation for burglary with battery charges.
"I had a lot of people support me over the years, realizing that I was far from where I needed to be and they would guide me and provide me with the help that I needed as a player to reach my potential," Brady said.
"I think that's -- how you impact people, and we talk about that a lot as professional athletes -- how you impact people on the field is one thing, how you impact people off the field is another. So whether that's teammates that you can impact or people in the community that you can impact, I think all those things are important."