Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is being compared to Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed.
Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown hasn’t even taken the field in an NFL game yet, but he’s already drawing comparisons to a Hall of Fame receiver. The hype is real.
In what can only be considered as high praise, NFL Network’s Charles Davis is comparing Titans second-round pick A.J. Brown to Hall of Fame receiver, Andre Reed.
Here’s what Davis had to say about the Ole Miss product, courtesy of Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
“I wasn’t sure about a 230-pound slot receiver. I mean, let’s be frank about it,” Davis said of the Ole Miss product. “We’re used to slot receivers being waterbug guys. But he’s going to be a little bit like a guy who is in the Hall of Fame, a guy who played with the Buffalo Bills, a guy by the name of Andre Reed.”
Davis goes on to say that Brown is a thicker version of Reed and that his good hands and solid route-running skills will make him a major asset to quarterback Marcus Mariota. How quickly that happens remains to be seen, but Brown has the goods to be a No. 1 receiver eventually, and should be an impact player in his rookie campaign.
Reed’s Hall of Fame career consisted of consistent production year in and year out as one of the better receivers in the league. In 15 years in the NFL, Reed nabbed 951 receptions for 13,198 yards and 86 touchdowns through the air. Brown earning that kind of comparison is pretty impressive at this very early stage of his career.
While Brown has been thought of as mostly a slot receiver, the truth is he’ll be used far more on the outside in his first year with the Titans. Part of the reason that is the case is because Tennessee signed fellow receiver Adam Humphries, who is expected to command most of the snaps in the slot.
Regardless, Brown lined up all over the field with the Rebels and his junior year was a monster one, with the 21-year-old totaling 85 catches for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns.
There is a ton of upside for Brown, whether that be in the slot or on the outside lining up across from Corey Davis. If Brown turns out anything like Reed, the Titans will have found themselves a steal in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft.