After catching 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019, Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown had a legitimate claim to the NFL offensive rookie of the year award.
The award, however, went to Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who finished the season with 3,722 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, while leading his team to a 5-11 record.
Brown instantly voiced his displeasure via Twitter.
(Brown has since deleted the tweet.)
I lean toward agreeing with Brown on this one. I don’t think it’s quite as egregious as Brown’s tweet makes it out to be, but I do think Brown deserved it.
Not only did Brown put together a great statistical season for a wide receiver, he did it while playing a key role on a team that made a deep playoff run.
And Brown had to deal with a quarterback change in the middle of the season.
Plus, here’s an incredible stat, via Titan Sized, that really puts Brown’s rookie production in perspective.
The three wide receivers selected in front of Brown combined for 115 receptions for 1,491 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown nearly matched those totals by himself.
Murray certainly had a solid year, but Brown was the more impressive rookie in 2019.
I don’t blame him for being a bit upset at the outcome.
Brown, by the way, finished third in voting.
Offensive Rookie of the Year Voting Tallies:
Kyler Murray 26.5
Josh Jacobs 13
A.J. Brown 9.5
Miles Sanders 1#Titans
— Allan Bell (@AllanBell247) February 1, 2020
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