Antonio Brown returns to the field tonight as the scandal-hit receiver is expected to feature for the Buccaneers against the Saints.
Tampa Bay lost to New Orleans in week one but have transformed since to become one of the league’s most dangerous sides, leading the NFC South by half a game over the Saints.
Brown, who has completed his NFL suspension but still faces a civil lawsuit for rape and sexual assault, has been staying at the house of friend and quarterback Tom Brady.
According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Brady has also connected Brown with controversial self-help guru Tony Robbins.
Brown told the Houston Chronicle about his time outside football: “Even when times got hard, staying in shape, not listening to the naysayers, good people around me to stay encouraged.”
He will join a packed offence that is expected to also have receiver Chris Godwin back after surgery on a fractured finger.
Expect Brady’s high-powered passing game to cause The Saints’ 28th-ranked pass defence problems.
The Saints are boosted by running back Alvin Kamara overcoming a foot problem, star receiver Michael Thomas’ from injury, and receiver Emmanuel Sanders’ recovery from Covid-19.
Quarterback Drew Brees, himself battling a shoulder issue, will likely need all these weapons as he looks to regain the all-time passing touchdowns record from Brady, who leads by one on 561.
Predicted Score – Saints 24-38 Buccaneers