Tennessee Titans receiver A.J. Brown made the “Top 25 Under 25” list, displaying not only his talent that he already possesses but the potential he offers for the future.
In his rookie season, we saw this past fall what A.J. Brown could do on an NFL field. The Tennessee Titans once again made a great draft pick, and now Brown is already on the “Top 25 Under 25” list after his rookie season.
Brown is a rising superstar, and you could see that if you watched a Titans game last season. He’s only played one season, and it looks like he could be competing for the WR1 spot on the depth chart as soon as this summer.
There are surrounding rumors about what the Titans are going to do with Corey Davis when his contract expires, so we could see Brown already being groomed to take over as the star receiver on the Titans’ roster.
Last season, Brown played all 16 games and started 11, he had 52 receptions for 1,052 yards and eight touchdowns.
He also averaged 20.2 yards per catch, which was the second-best in the NFL. When Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback, from Week 7 until the end of the season, Brown was rated as the third-best receiver in the NFL.
That stat comes from Pro Football Focus, who named Brown the PFF Rookie of the Year. The bulk of Brown’s numbers came after Tannehill took over at quarterback, so not only did it boost his numbers in 2019, but he could also take another big step in 2020.
He had over 700 yards in the last ten weeks of the regular season. We could very well see Brown jump up to a 1,500 receiving yard-season this fall.
All of these reasons are perfect examples of why Brown made Bleacher Report’s “Top 25 Under 25” list. BR’s Brad Gagnon released the rankings and gave his explanation of why Brown came in at No. 22.
"“A.J. Brown doesn’t get as much attention as fellow young receivers like Metcalf and Smith-Schuster, but the Tennessee Titans second-round pick was the only rookie in the NFL to accumulate over 1,000 receiving yards in 2019, and he also tied for the rookie lead with eight touchdown catches, Gagnon explaned.”“Most encouragingly, Brown was that outlet’s third-highest-graded receiver dating back to Week 7, which, not coincidentally, is when Ryan Tannehill took over at quarterback in Tennessee. The future is wildly bright.”"
At No. 22, Brown is in between JuJu Smith-Schuster (No. 23) and Kyler Murray (No.21). Now I think Brown had a much better rookie season than Murray, but I guess one can’t argue that as a quarterback, Murray is going to get the upper hand on Brown most of the time.
Murray also won the NFL Rookie of the Year, although I think it should’ve gone to Brown, so I guess that also helped him edge out Brown in the Bleacher Report rankings.
The Titans have a future star on their hands in A.J. Brown. Not only did he have a phenomenal rookie season, but he’s going to have a phenomenal career as a Titan.