Tennessee Titans 2nd best offseason move: A.J. Brown
By Will Lomas
Why A.J. Brown could be the perfect compliment to Corey Davis in the Tennessee Titans offense.
Let’s face it, despite Matt LaFleur getting the Head Coaching job with the Green Bay Packers this offseason, the Tennessee Titans offense was very disappointing.
Sometimes it was injuries, sometimes it was miscommunication but more often than not it was just bad, bad play calls and execution.
So much of the offense next year will hinge on health and a better job from new OC Arthur Smith. Having said that, it sure would help if Marcus Mariota had a consistent WR2 to throw to.
The revolving door of Cam Batson, Darius Jennings, an injured Taywan Taylor, and Tajae Sharpe can only get you so far when the play calls are that bad and inconsistent.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a player who helped make the offense so good, that even if they called the wrong play they could still be effective and find ways to score points?
That is why my 2nd favorite addition of the offseason was…
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Drafting A.J. Brown in the 2nd round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
This one has to be up there right? The Titans spent a first round pick on Jeffery Simmons who has one of the highest upsides and lowest downsides of any player drafted in the first round.
How can you mitigate some of that risk and make your team better now? Why not add one of the best receivers in the entire draft in the 2nd round?
That is exactly what Jon Robinson did by waiting and pouncing on A.J. Brown with the 51st pick. In case you don’t remember here was my quick analysis from right after the selection was made:
"“Tennessee Titans GM Jon Robinson chose to forgo interior offensive linemen and EDGEs, but ultimately he was the highest ranked player at any of the three need positions left so it is really hard not to be happy with this pick if you are a Titans fan……It is hard to not love this pick. Need, check. Value, check. Fits what Robinson likes, check. Clear path to snaps immediately, check.He felt like one of the safest picks in the draft coming into Thursday and he really helps balance out the risk they took with a guy like Jeffery Simmons.”"
The path to success is so clear for A.J. Brown and he is getting a lot of buzz out of OTAs about everything from his work ethic to his ability to make tough catches.
If I had to make a comp, I think the player he reminds me most of is Golden Tate when he came out of college. Can win down the field but looks most dynamic on shorter routes getting YAC and making big plays that way.
Athletically they are also pretty similar with A.J. Brown just as a bigger, slightly more explosive receiver.
Corey Davis, Brown and Adam Humphries may be the best three receivers Marcus Mariota has ever thrown to. Not the best trio, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd best receivers he has played with in his career from college to now.
If Marcus Mariota is going to stay healthy and have a big year, he finally has the supporting cast to do it. He has Brown to thank for a large part of it, because without Brown the Titans would be in a very similar situation to last year OR they would have to use Adam Humphries in a way that doesn’t suit him.