The 2020 season will be pivotal to the Tennessee Titans’ long-term success in the AFC, and they will likely lean on AJ Brown to be a leader.
The Tennessee Titans could have another great season, especially on the offensive side of the football, in 2020. With Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry, AJ Brown, and their core on the offensive line returning, they shouldn’t miss a beat.
With that being said, Tannehill and Henry will be leaders in the locker room and on the field, but one player that isn’t really expected to be a leader is Brown. That might not be the expectation for the common fan, but he’s the best pass catcher the Titans have, so don’t be surprised if he’s leading the team next to Tannehill and Henry.
Brown is on his way to being an elite NFL receiver, and the Titans will need to start treating him like it. In his rookie season, he had 1,052 receiving yards, and most of those came in the second half of the season. With a full season with Tannehill at quarterback, the duo could quickly rise as one of the best QB-WR duos that the league has to offer in 2020.
He averaged over 20 yards per catch, and he was the only receiver in the NFL to have more than four receptions for 50 yards or more. Brown finished the season with six receptions for 50 yards or more.
The trio that the Titans currently have in Tannehill, Henry, and Brown remind me of the Dallas Cowboys’ Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, and Dez Bryant trio. Recency bias probably plays a big part in that, but when those three were in their prime, they were hard to stop. At least until the playoffs rolled around.
All three of those players were leaders on the team, so I could see that being the same for the Titans’ big three for 2020 and the years to come.
The Titans might need Brown to become a leader, too. He’s no longer a rookie, so if he’s going to be an elite player on the field, then he’s going to have to be an elite teammate as well if the Titans want to be successful.
The 2020 season should be a lot of fun for the Titans, and if Brown steps up to the plate, I think he will knock whatever comes his way out of the park.