There’s a theory in football that seems to have been proven to be true more often than not, so if we’re being honest, we probably shouldn’t even call it a theory anymore. If you’re a Tennessee Titans fan, you’ve probably heard this before. “Build from the ball, and work your way out”. The Titans have done that as they boast one of the better offensive lines in the NFL and, without question, the league’s best rushing attack. recently, they added a little pizazz as well.
They already have one of the game’s better young wide receivers in A.J. Brown, and after losing a highly productive Corey Davis at the start of the most recent free agency frenzy, they didn’t panic. They upgraded.
Just in case you’ve been giving under a rock, here’s what happened. Tennessee traded a second-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft and their fourth-round selection in the 2023 NFL Draft for Julio Jones on June 6th. They also acquired a sixth-round draft choice in the process.
What do you think? Losing Davis and winding up with Julio Jones qualifies as an upgrade right?
Gil Brandt calls the Tennessee Titans’ trade the best of the offseason.
If you know anything about some of the best guys covering this game that we love, the National Football League, Gil Brandt is no stranger to you. With well over 33 years as an NFL executive for the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers, and Dallas Cowboys on his resume, he’s kind of one of those guys that we believe knows what he’s talking about.
Recently, he ranked the top ten players that will ball out for new teams after being traded during the most recent offseason. Can you guess who topped the list? Here’s what he had to say about Mr. Jones.
"The two-time first-team All-Pro will be a definite upgrade over Corey Davis as a complementary receiver opposite emerging star A.J. Brown. Jones should flourish as a deep threat in Tennessee’s play-action passing game working with Ryan Tannehill, one of just seven quarterbacks to post a passer rating on throws of 20-plus air yards of 100 or better in each of the past two seasons, per Next Gen Stats. The 32-year-old Jones will be highly motivated to show how much he has left coming off his final season in Atlanta, when he was limited by injury."
It’s hard to disagree with any of that, isn’t it? Go ahead. Try and refute something.
It’s been a long time since the Tennessee Titans had someone this talented at the wide receiver position. If only they had gotten him sooner. In ten NFL seasons, he’s notched 909 receptions, 13,730 receiving yards, and 66 trips to the end zone if you include what he’s done in eight postseason games.
He also has two First-team All-Pro nods (2015, 2016), three Second-team All-Pro nods (2017–2019), and seven Pro Bowl nods (2012, 2014–2019), which is a good reason why he’s a member of the NFL 2010s All-Decade Team. Yep. This should be tons of fun in Nashville.