NASHVILLE — Wide receiver A.J. Brown set astronomical goals for himself in his first year playing for the Tennessee Titans. While new heights were reached for the franchise and Brown played at a high enough level to be considered an Offensive Rookie of the Year snub, he still feels that more success is possible
For wide receiver A.J. Brown, one common theme helped fuel the offense’s success: a highly demanding quarterback.
“He’s a great leader,” Brown said of Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill. “When he’s on the field, he demands what he wants and you have to be in the right spot. He’s going to deliver a good ball.”
Tannehill played the 2019 season at a level that rivaled any of his NFL peers. The former Miami Dolphin came off the bench in Week 6 and would go on to lead the league in passer rating (117.5). The Titans now-starting quarterback guided an offense that, over the final 11 weeks of the NFL season, was third in total offense (406.2 yards per game), third in scoring offense (30.4 points per game), first in yards per play (6.94), second in rushing (160.6 yards per game) and 10th in passing (245.6 yards per game), per the team.
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In a results-driven industry, Tannehill’s surge elevated each of his teammates, resulted in an AFC Championship berth and heightened 2020 expectations.
Tannehill’s need for specification drives the talent around him harder.
“(A.J. Brown) worked extremely hard this offseason,” Tannehill said in late July. “Having him here in the building has been great the last few days. We’re able to talk through some things on the field and really detail some things as well. He’s running really well right now and I’m excited to see what he does this year.”
Football pundits like NFL Network’s James Jones now project that Brown will lead the league in both receiving yards and touchdowns in 2020. Continuity will account for increased production from the sophomore receiver, if there is any. The talent the Ole Miss product displayed as a rookie saw him become the leading wide out among his draft class. Becoming the first freshman to eclipse 1,000 yards (1,051) since Michael Thomas of the New Orleans Saints in 2016 is no small feat.
But, is it repeatable?
“Why not me?” said Brown. “That’s my approach with anything. Other guys do it, so, ‘Why not?'”
Tennessee is banking on Brown to do great things for the franchise in years to come. With Tannehill there to direct him and deliver, Brown’s future looks more than bright.