Will Tennessee Titans WR AJ Brown take over the top receiver job this week?
By Will Lomas
Is this going to be a weekend of change for the Tennessee Titans?
The Tennessee Titans announced some pretty important players out with injuries against the Kansas City Chiefs.
However, the player that I want to focus on is someone that isn’t technically out but who is “doubtful” which is just a really optimistic way of saying “out”.
That person is Corey Davis who is the Titans WR1 and leads them in snaps at receiver, which is impressive considering Arthur Smith likes to pull receivers out for literally any reason.
It is rough for Davis to miss time again after missing a large chunk of his early career, but luckily this is a hip injury and not anything related to the hamstring that bothered him before.
In the wake of that, you have to wonder if this is the push that Arthur Smith needed to realize that A.J. Brown should be a focal point of the Titans passing game.
Before the LA Chargers game, Davis was averaging about 20 more snaps per game than Brown. However, that number has dropped to 5 snaps per game over the last three games.
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With Brown already getting more respect than he did to start the season, the obvious question is whether or not they will make it a point to get the ball to him as often as possible as the WR1.
If he has a big game against one of the least impressive defenses in the NFL, maybe this will lead Smith to realizing exactly how explosive Brown can be with the ball in his hands.
For a Titans team that lacks consistency and explosiveness on offense, you would think that this week screams A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry which is why we will probably see Tajae Sharpe (no offense) and Dion Lewis get the most targets and the most snaps in key situations.
If Mike Vrabel really is in on offensive meetings and if he has any input, this would be a great week for the defensive mind in him to say, “You know who I don’t want to have to defend against? That guy.”
The other half of the equation is that Brown has to do what he can with those opportunities. It can’t be another week of dropped passes turned interceptions or not being able to come up with curls even if the defender is on you.
It should be a great opportunity for Brown to prove what he is, which really looks like a WR1 based on his good tape so far this year and his franchise record setting pace.