The current Tennessee Titans receiving corps is, in my opinion, the best group they have had in in a decade.
That’s in no small part due to the addition of rookie A.J. Brown, who is giving the Titans offense a spark they desperately needed.
The Titans’ offense lacked a spark last season, primarily at wide receiver. Titans receivers recorded only seven total touchdowns in 2018 (Davis 4, Sharpe 2, Taylor 1). Obviously, that is terrible, so the Titans desperately needed Brown to produce in his rookie year. So far, he has done just that.
I knew Tennessee got a special player when they took Brown in the second round of this year’s draft. He came off a career year at Ole Miss where he hauled in 85 catches for over 1,300 yards.
Through four weeks, Brown has 10 receptions for 223 yards. He added his first two career touchdowns on Sunday against Atlanta. Where I think he is primarily standing out out is his yards after the catch. Of his 223 receiving yards, 113 have come after he makes the catch, which ranks 10th among all wide receivers.
AJ Brown just showed why I felt he was one of the best YAC WRs in the 2019 Draft class. Just caught a crosser and took it 55 yards for the TD. Excellent pass by Marcus Mariota. That's AJ Brown's first TD. #Titans
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) September 29, 2019
Brown is also showing he can play anywhere on the field. That was on full display against Atlanta. He caught his first touchdown from the slot and was wide to the right for his second.
These numbers give the Titans’ receivers a lift they haven’t had in recent years. Corey Davis has been consistent since coming into the league, but the team never seems to have another reliable threat at wide receiver.
This was especially apparent last year when Mariota’s security blanket, tight end Delanie Walker, was sidelined for the entire season.
Rishard Matthews was a reliable number two wide receiver for a couple years. However, that quickly turned south after his injuries began to rack up before he left the team.
A.J. Brown is only four games into his NFL career. However, if he is on the field, I think he adds a new dimension to the offense the Tennessee Titans have needed for years.
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