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Bedard: The good, bad and promising from Antonio Brown’s Patriots debut, and what his usage says about his future playing time

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As debuts go, Antonio Brown's first game action with the Flying Elvis on his helmet ranked somewhere between the first glimpses we received of Randy Moss (nine catches, 183 yards, one touchdown) ... and Chad Ochocinco (one catch, 14 yards).

It wasn't quite a booming success, and it was far from a dud.

And, frankly, I don't care what any of his Patriots teammates had to say about Brown after the game. The next time a Patriots player gives a frank critique of one of his teammates will be the first time in the Bill Belichick era. If you're never going to be honest (which, frankly, I don't blame them for) — "we have a long ways to go" is about as strong as you're going to hear — you're kind of eliminated from the potential witness list.

So what was good, bad and ugly from Brown's Patriots debut? Let's start with a detailed breakdown of all 24 of his snaps by alignment, route and result, and then get into what we did and didn't like.