The Tennessee Titans passing attack has lacked a truly dominant number one receiver for as long as I’ve been a fan. But A.J. Brown is here to fix that for years to come.
After struggling through draft stumbles like Taywan Taylor and Dorial Green-Beckham while waiting for inconsistent players like Corey Davis and Tajae Sharpe to find their footing, the Tennessee Titans might have finally found their number one receiver in A.J. Brown.
Not only has Brown convincingly made his case as the top pass-catcher in Tennessee in just one season, but the Ole Miss product selected in the second round by the Titans showed potential through his first 19 games to be one of the top pass-catchers in the NFL.
While playing in a run-heavy offense like the Titans, Brown’s rookie year was slightly overshadowed in the national spotlight by the brilliance of Derrick Henry and the Tennessee rushing attack.
While Henry’s game stole the show, Brown was quietly showcasing his talent and compiling one of the better rookie seasons for a receiver in recent history.
Coming onto the scene immediately in Week 1 against the Browns, the rookie receiver flourished to the tune of 100 yards receiving, in addition to a couple of highlight-reel plays.
After slowing down in the early season, Brown started regularly putting up big numbers in the box score in the back-half of the year after the bye week.
Brown’s statement rookie season came about due to a number of factors. The receiver clearly had great chemistry with Ryan Tannehill, and Brown often had the benefit of playing against opposing teams number two cornerback while defenses focused their top pass defenders on stopping Corey Davis.
Even still, Brown has the potential to be a fixture of the NFL for years to come. His rookie stats are historic, and his skill set along with his role in Arthur Smith’s offense makes Brown a prime candidate to become a household name.