Antonio Brown officially active at Dolphins, Patriots 'plan to feed him' in debut

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By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

Patriots fans won't have to wait another week to see Antonio Brown make his debut. Per Adam Schefter, the veteran wide receiver is playing on Sunday at the Miami Dolphins. (Update: Brown is officially active after he did not appear on the Patriots' list of inactive players.)

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network has been reporting on Brown's game status throughout the week and also says he's expected to play. Further, sources tell Rapoport that the Patriots "plan to feed him."

Monday marked Brown's first official day on the Patriots' 53-man roster, and his first practice happened Wednesday. He's been a full participant all week.

Sep 11, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks towards wide receiver Antonio Brown (1) during practice at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)
Sep 11, 2019; Foxborough, MA: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick looks towards wide receiver Antonio Brown (1) during practice at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

According to Rapoport, Brown stayed past 10 p.m. most days during the week to work on the playbook and his routes in the Patriots' system. He reportedly caught passes from backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham as part of his extra sessions. He also posted a live video on Instagram Thursday night at the TB12 center during a workout with Tom Brady's trainer and business partner, Alex Guerrero.

"Yeah, Antonio's worked hard," said head coach Bill Belichick on Friday. "I think all of the players that we've brought in here over the last two weeks, whatever it is, two-and-a-half weeks, have all put in a hard effort to try and pick things up quickly. But, yeah, he certainly falls right in there."

There's precedent for Belichick to hold out a new receiver for a week before activating him, most recently Josh Gordon in Week 3 of the 2018 season. But Antonio Brown is unlike most receivers. It sounds like the four-time All-Pro is going to get his share of opportunities to make an immediate impact in the Patriots offense.

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