The Athletic published their end-of-year NFL awards on Thursday and a pair of Tennessee Titans picked up some (virtual) hardware.
Wide receiver AJ Brown was named The Athletic’s rookie of the year, while quarterback Ryan Tannehill was named their comeback player of the year.
Here’s what they had to say about Brown:
The 6-0, 226-pound receiver was a thrill to watch following his receptions, as he totaled more than 40 percent of his 1,051 yards after the catch — averaging a league-best 8.9 yards in that department. Overall, Brown averaged 20.2 yards on his 52 receptions, second only to the L.A. Chargers’ Mike Williams. And he was a constant threat to wind up in the end zone, as Brown joined Isaac Curtis (1973), Willie Gault (1983) and Randy Moss (1998) as the only rookies with at least four touchdown receptions of 50 yards or more since 1970.
And here’s what they had to say about Tannehill:
Tannehill took over with little in the way of expectation, considering the former first-rounder’s career had fizzled out in Miami. But the 31-year-old quarterback immediately took his play to new heights, guiding a 2-4 Titans team to a 7-3 record — and a playoff berth — over the last 10 regular-season contests. Tannehill’s numbers were stunning: He posted a league-best quarterback rating of 117.5, which was more than 30 points higher than his career rating in Miami. It wasn’t as if Tannehill was dinking and dunking either, as he also led the NFL in yards per attempt at 9.6. In Tannehill’s 10 starts, the Titans averaged better than 30 points per game, after averaging just 16 in the first six weeks of the season.
The Titans don’t receive a lot of national media attention, but in this case I don’t think they could be ignored. Brown and Tannehill were clearly the best two options for these awards.
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