Brown's overall selection number in the 2010 NFL draft
After leaving Central Michigan a year early, Brown had to wait until the sixth round to hear his name called. Most scouts couldn’t look past his diminutive 5-foot-10 frame and projected Brown as a backup, at best, in the NFL. Six years later, he is the only player in NFL history chosen in the fifth round or later to record 1,500 receiving yards in a season (he’s done so twice, plus one year of 1,499 yards).
Receptions in the first six years of Brown's career, the most in NFL history
Brown’s 526 career receptions through the first six years of his career is a record for NFL receivers, one more than the 525 Randy Moss put up in his first six seasons with the Vikings. Brown also put up his numbers in fewer games than any other player in the top five. His catches came in just 86 games, while Moss, Larry Fitzgerald (523 receptions), Marvin Harrison (522) and Torry Holt (517) all played at least 90 games in their first six seasons.
Targets the past three seasons, most in the NFL
Brown has seen more passes come his way than anyone else in the NFL since 2013, and it really isn’t even close. Demaryius Thomas is second with 503, and Brandon Marshall (443) is in third place, almost 100 targets behind Brown. Brown’s 790 career targets are fifth-most in the NFL since 2010, behind Calvin Johnson (932), Marshall (922), Larry Fitzgerald (866) and Roddy White (793).
Career catch percentage
When the ball heads toward Brown, it usually finds its way into his hands. His 66.6 career catch percentage (how many targets turn into receptions) is the most among all receivers with at least 670 targets through their first six seasons.
Percentage of Steelers' receiving yards over the past three seasons
Since 2013, the Steelers, as a team, have passed for 14,138 yards. Brown has accounted for 5,031 of them. He leads the NFL in receiving yards over that span — more than 600 yards ahead of second-place Demaryius Thomas — and accounts for more than a third of the Steelers’ passing game over that span, as well. With Martavis Bryant suspended for the 2016 season, that number could creep even higher this year.
Number of games with 10+ receptions over the past three seasons, most in the NFL
Brown has been one of the NFL’s most accomplished volume receivers over the past three seasons. He had five games with 10 or more catches this past year, and became the first receiver in NFL history to catch 16 or more in a game twice in one season (against the Raiders and Broncos). Most importantly, the team is 9-1 when Brown has 10 or more catches.
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