Tennessee Vols’ Joshua Dobbs excited to join Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell with Pittsburgh Steelers


There’s a running joke behind the scenes for several people in and around the Tennessee football program about how Butch Jones can name-drop Antonio Brown into any conversation imaginable.

It’s a fun joke to make, and, like many good jokes, the foundation of it happens to be true.

In fairness to Tennessee’s head coach, though, he did coach Brown at Central Michigan, and Brown happens to be arguably the best wide receiver in the game.

Former Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs (Photo: Peter Casey, USA TODAY Sports)

There was no way Joshua Dobbs’ first teleconference with Tennessee media was going to end without someone asking about one of Dobbs’ new Pittsburgh Steelers teammates: Antonio Brown.

Dobbs — who was selected by the Steelers on Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL Draft — laughed when asked how many times he’s heard Jones say “Antonio Brown” the past four years.

“More times there were days in those four years,” Dobbs said.

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Dobbs added in all seriousness that he couldn’t wait to join the Steelers and start throwing passes to Brown, who has been one of the game’s best players at any position in recent years.

Brown didn’t do much as a rookie in 2010, catching just 16 passes for 167 yards and no touchdowns.

In the past six years, though, he’s collected 8,210 yards and 50 touchdowns on 616 catches. In just 94 games.

“Of course, Coach Jones coached A.B., so they’ve had a great relationship,” Dobbs said. “They go up to Steeler games whenever we’re on an off week, so it’ll definitely be great to meet the man that Coach Jones has been hyping. But I know it’ll be an honor to meet him, and of course his play really speaks for itself.

“To be a part of that offense with such potent weapons, A.B. being one of ‘em, it’s definitely gonna be exciting to get on the field with them.”

As Dobbs said, Brown isn’t Pittsburgh’s only weapon. 

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown (Photo: Jay Biggerstaff, USA TODAY Sports)

The Steelers also one of the game’s most dynamic running backs (as a runner and receiver) in Le’Veon Bell, as well as a handful of other pass-game threats.

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Of course, it’s not likely that Dobbs heads to Pittsburgh and unseats future longtime starter and future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger or even unseats backup Zach Mettenberger. Regardless, Dobbs said he’s happy to join one of the game’s most stable, consistent, well-run franchises, and that he can’t wait to test himself on the practice field alongside some of the game’s biggest stars.

“Yeah. You’re definitely surrounded by a great roster full of guys there,” Dobbs said. “You’ve got A.B., you’ve got Le’Veon, you’ve got several guys in the receiver…

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