Antonio Brown says it ‘ain’t freedom’ when media gives him too much attention

Some think the Pittsburgh Steelers ‘ drama will only make the team better in the long run, but if there’s little doubt about one thing, it’s this: The Pittsburgh Steelers do have drama. This is a team whose longtime quarterback openly toyed with retirement and then went on the radio to question why his bosses would consider drafting a quarterback. It’s a team whose Pro Hayes Pullard Youth Jersey Bowl running back probably won’t show up until September for the second straight year.
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Brown Womens Dennis Smith Jersey never raised his voice during the interview, and some of his sentiments appeared to come from a heartfelt place — he made note of how his time away from OTAs allowed him to embrace his family. But in between tangents about how the media will probably forget about his elite production once he’s done playing football, he spent most of the time deriding the same media for giving him too much attention. Am I really free? he asked. I’m just stating the reality. You guys make up pressure and put pressure on guys like myself, and it’s not fair.

The Giants are short-handed on the line of scrimmage with Josh Mauro, Avery Moss and R.J. McIntosh sidelined during mandatory minicamp. Mauro also is suspended for the first four games of the season, and several Giants linemen have converted to linebackers in the 3-4 defense.

A guy that’s coming off the ball very hard and disruptive, is how inside linebacker Alec Ogletree described Francis. This defense is fit for D-linemen. And when they’re playing well, it makes everybody else play well behind them.

All-Pro nose tackle Damon Harrison only attended sporadic voluntary organized team activities, which opened the door for more snaps for Francis. He was with the third-team defense at the start of organized team activities but couldn’t be blocked by the third-team offensive line.

In one sequence of Wednesday’s practice, Francis took two snaps at nose tackle and then shuffled over for four plays at three-technique defensive end. Francis is challenging Robert Thomas, a third-year Giant, on the depth chart.