After drafting wide receiver A.J. Brown in the 2nd Round in the 2019 draft, the Tennessee Titans felt they had added a complimentary piece to what had been an anemic pass offense for over a decade. With Brown’s big play ability on display in his three seasons at Ole Miss, the Titans took a chance on the explosive pass catcher born in Starkville, Mississippi.
Less than a season and a half in to Brown’s NFL career, there are already conversations being had about the chances that the 23-year-old has at becoming the best pass catcher in franchise history. In 2019, Brown broke Titans’ records accruing 1,051 receiving yards as well as eight touchdown receptions on just 52 catches in his rookie campaign. And after missing some time due to a bone bruise in 2020, Brown is picking up right where he left off.
Most 50-yard touchdowns in the past 2 seasons:
Derrick Henry – 5
A.J. Brown – 5
— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) October 25, 2020
Brown totaled 153 yards on six grabs including a 73-yard touchdown on an intermediate slant route he took to the house in the third quarter. This is not the first time Brown has turned a play that initially appeared to be a modest gain into an electrifying touchdown, and it most certainly won’t be the last.
AJ Brown off to the races!!
— Roto Street Journal (RSJ) (@RotoStJournal) October 25, 2020
Brown has one of the best resumes in NFL history for a receiver his age. Below is a list of A.J. Brown’s five most explosive plays through just 20 games as a member of the Tennessee Titans.
Week 15 in 2019: A.J. Brown torches Jonathan Joseph for a 60-yard pickup
— NFL France (@NFLFrance) December 15, 2019
After a punt pinned the Titans’ offense deep inside their own one-yard line, Brown took off down the sideline leaving Joseph, and those old decrepit knees Titans fans have become all too familiar with this season, in the dust. The Houston Texans would wind up winning the contest 24-21.
Week 16 in 2019: Brown takes an end-around for 49-yards to pay dirt
— Titan Up Podcast (@TitanUpPod) June 16, 2020
Arthur Smith went deep in his bottomless bag of tricks and dialed up this beauty to go up two scores on the New Orleans Saints (11-3). The Titans would eventually fall to the Saints by the count of 38-28 in a game that lacked any playoff importance for the Titans despite it being so late in the season.
Week 4 in 2019: Brown embarrasses the Falcons’ secondary for his first career NFL TD
The first of his career. pic.twitter.com/2zpeREfzUc
— Titan Up Podcast (@TitanUpPod) July 21, 2020
Brown put the league on notice after Marcus Mariota found him on a slant similar to the route he ran on Sunday against the Steelers, only with slightly more depth. After the catch, Brown eluded three members of the wretched Falcons defense and scampered 55 yards to the crib. Plays like these contributed to Brown finishing sixth in the NFL with 463 yards after the catch. The Titans went on to win in Atlanta by the score of 24-10.
Week 12 in 2019: Adding insult to Jaguars injury, Brown goes over the middle and turns on the afterburners for a 65-yard TD
Coming off of a bye, the Titans’ offense put on a show against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars’ defense which made the mistake in staying after the conclusion of the national anthem. Brown’s monster play came less than four minutes after Derrick Henry raced 74 yards to the endzone in the Titans’ dominating 42-20 win.
Week 14 in 2019: Ryan Tannehill drops a dime to A.J. Brown for a 91-yard TD
RYAN TANNEHILL THROWS FOR 391 YARDS AND THREE TUDDYS, KING HENRY HAS ONE HAMSTRING AND STILL SCORES TWICE, AJ BROWN DOES AJ BROWN THINGS, THE DEFENSE SHUTS OUT THE RAIDERS IN THE SECOND HALF AND THE TENNESEE TITANS ARE THE HOTTEST TEAM IN THE LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/tCBht6WLKo
— 2nd & Victory (@2ndandVictory) December 9, 2019
This play should be put in the Louvre to run on a loop until the end of time. In the face of pressure, Tannehill shows off his deep ball hitting Brown in stride after the rookie wide receiver turned Daryl Worley into barbecue chicken.
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