Comparing AJ Brown’s rookie year with elite receivers
By Brady Akins
1. Julio Jones (2011 Season: 13 Appearances — 13 Starts)
AJ Brown: 52 Catches, 84 Targets, 1,051 Yards, 9 Total Touchdowns
Julio Jones: 54 Catches, 95 Targets, 959 Yards, 8 Total Touchdowns
You’ll find through this slideshow that the big name that AJ Brown compares the closest to is Julio Jones. Not bad company to be in at all.
The Alabama Crimson Tide star turned Atlanta Falcons star’s rookie numbers look close to identical to what AJ Brown did in his debut season. Jones led the way in catches and targets, but those stats are only separated by a total of 13 passes (two catch advantage for Jones, along with an 11 target lead).
But despite ever so slightly less volume than Jones’ rookie season, AJ Brown was able to do a little bit more with his 52 catches, breaking the 1,000-yard mark in 2019 and being just the eighth receiver in the last decade to do so. Brown was even able to find the endzone one more time in his rookie year than Jones did, with Brown’s one receiving touchdown against the Saints making the difference between the two.
Of course, none of this is to say AJ Brown is the league’s next Julio Jones. But more to say, the Titans receiver is off on the right foot to stardom.