Tennessee Titans WR duo both land on ranking of top NFL players

A.J. Brown #11, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
A.J. Brown #11, Tennessee Titans (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images) /

Sure, we’d like to move on and talk about something else, but why? As Tennessee Titans fans, you’re absolutely right in your thinking. Everyone, whenever they bring up the two-tone blue has a hard time doing so without talking about a trade on June 6th that brought Julio Jones to Nashville.

Sure, we had heard all along that the Titans were the favorites to land him and that there was mutual interest, but with his high price tag, there was skepticism. In the end, Jon Robinson and the Titans brass made it happen. That’s a long-winded way of setting up a statement that you may have heard once or twice over the last month.

Tennessee has the best wide receiver duo in the NFL with Jones and A.J. Brown. Don’t take Titan Sized‘s word for it though. Here’s another opinion.

The Tennessee Titans WR duo makes PFF’s list of top 50 NFL stars.

If you’ve been paying attention to what Pro Football Focus is doing, you know they’ve been spewing out one ranking after another, but come on. Let’s be honest. Who hasn’t seen those rankings?

Sure, PFF is way off base sometimes. They seem clueless at other times. They’ve created their own lane on this NFL information highway though, so when they say things, we as fans and members of the media tend to look over and see what they’re doing.

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Recently, they’ve been ranking the top 50 players in the NFL as we approach the 2021 season, and as you might expect, the NFL’s best wide receiver duo earned their spot on the list. Julio Jones landed at 35. A.J. Brown cracked the list at 38. Here’s what Sam Monson, the writer of this one, had to say.

We begin with his take on Jones.

"Injuries have become a bigger issue in recent years, but when Jones is on the field, he is still an elite receiver who could make a good argument that he is the match of anybody in the NFL at his position.He may have come away with only 771 yards in 2020, but he was fourth in the NFL in yards per route run ( 2.60), a fraction away from being ranked second, and he still generated a passer rating of 131.5 when targeted. The new Tennessee Titan is still the best blend of size, speed, athleticism, and technique in the league, and the only question is whether he still has the durability to be ranked at the very top of the list."

Here’s the skinny on Brown.

"Brown has already been a dominant force in his first two seasons in the NFL, but we may be about to witness him kicking it to another level now that Julio Jones is going to line up on the other side of the formation for the Titans.The Ole Miss product has averaged an excellent 2.66 yards per route run since he entered the league, tied for second in the league, and has broken more tackles (33) than any other wide receiver. He has shown he is a complete No. 1 and has done so while opposing defenses have known he was the biggest receiving threat on his team."

It’s hard to agree with any of that. Not much else needs to be said except for one thing. Buckle up. Watching these guys work is going to be fun. Expect a firework show and, possibly, a Pro Bowl nod for both of the Tennessee Titans’ all-star wideouts. There’s no reason to think it can’t happen.