A.J. Brown and the rookies
The Titans have a lot of impressive rookies who have made an impact in different ways this season, but the group of 2019 rookies is easily led by the irreplaceable contributions of A.J. Brown.
For years, the Titans have been looking for that impact receiver who can change a game. While we thought former No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis would be that guy, he has been surpassed for the No. 1 receiver role by the Ole Miss product.
Brown currently leads the team in receiving yards (581) by a fairly wide margin, and has the most targets (50) and touchdown receptions (four), also.
Brown’s explosiveness with the ball in his hands is the likes of which this franchise has never seen. He’s compiled eight catches of 20 yards or more, and four of those have gone for 47 yards or more. An impressive 266 of his 581 receiving yards have come after the catch.
While we’ve all fallen in love with Brown this season, we can’t forget about some of his young teammates making contributions throughout the season.
Safety Amani Hooker hasn’t played a ton of snaps, but has 14 tackles (one for loss). Linebacker David Long has also played sparingly, but he had a key forced fumble that was recovered in the Week 10 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
I already spoke about Big Jeff. He has been a force in the middle even when he isn’t getting to the quarterback or making a tackle, and he’ll only get better as he plays more snaps with a healthy Jurrell Casey.
On offense, right guard Nate Davis got off to a rocky start, but he seems to be stabilizing and coming along nicely.
In all, the Titans have three rookies starting, and another two of them are making an impact in different, smaller ways. Tennessee could not have asked for more than this from their young players, and general manager Jon Robinson deserves a ton of credit for his picks.