Titans A.J. Brown makes PFWA’s All-Rookie Team, snubbed for OROY

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown was named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team, but was snubbed for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown had a sensational rookie campaign in 2019, and that was enough for him to be named to the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie Team, but not enough to get Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Here’s a look at how the PFWA’s All-Rookie Team shook out.

Instead of Brown, the PFWA chose Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs as its choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year. San Francisco 49ers EDGE Nick Bosa was the choice for Defensive Player of the Year.

Brown, who was drafted in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft (No. 51 overall), finished the season with 52 catches for 1,051 receiving yards and nine total touchdowns (eight receiving, one rushing), the most of any rookie player.

Among rookies, the Ole Miss product finished fifth in catches, first in receiving yards, first in average yards per catch (20.2), and tied for first in touchdown receptions. His eight catches of 40 yards or more was also tops in the league among first-year wideouts.

His 8.2 average yards after the catch was the best in the league among all receivers.

Brown came on particularly strong after Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback.

From Week 7 through the end of the regular season, Brown graded out as the No. 3 receiver in the entire NFL, per Pro Football Focus, and was PFF’s choice for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Jacobs had himself an impressive season, also. In 13 games, the 2019 first-round pick totaled 1,150 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, to go along with 20 receptions for 166 yards.

The most common argument you’ll hear for Jacobs over Brown is that the Raiders rookie missed three of his team’s last four games due to injury and that his numbers could have been even better.

Well, if we’re making that argument, it’s hard to ignore the notion that Brown could have put up monster numbers if he had six more games with Tannehill behind center.

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