Tennessee Titans: Will AJ Brown have a sophomore slump or breakout 2nd year?
AJ Brown shocked the Tennessee Titans and the NFL with his dominant rookie season, so will that translate into year two, or will he have a sophomore slump?
Tennessee Titans wide receiver AJ Brown had quite the rookie season from Week 7 on. A lot of that success can be credited to Ryan Tannehill taking over as the starting quarterback for the second half of the season.
Many expect Brown to pick up where he left off like the rest of the team, but that is easier said than done, especially for a player that only has one year in the NFL under his belt.
NFL Network analyst James Jones doesn’t have too many doubts when it comes to Brown and him slumping in his second season.
Jones believes that Brown will have a breakout season in 2020 and will continue to dominate at his position with Tannehill at quarterback.
“With the ball in his [Brown’s] hands, he is dynamic. He gets YAC, he breaks tackles, he makes the tough catch, he’s a dangerous guy,” Jones said. “But the best thing about him is he has Derrick Henry in the backfield and he is going to demand that box to be loaded up or you are going to get the ball ran down your throat. So, what does that mean? A.J. Brown is going to have one-on-one coverage. He does not get tackled by the first guy, he showed that time and time and time again last season. This dude is going to lead the league in receiving yards and touchdowns, I truly believe that, in his second season as an NFL wide receiver. He is that talented, he is that strong, he is that big, he is that fast. He’s a monster out there on the football field.”
Brown is an athletic, hard-nosed wide receiver. He’s not afraid of contact, and he’s willing to gain yards by any means necessary. That’s why he was one of the highest-ranked wide receivers by Pro Football Focus at the end of last season.
If Brown can produce like he did from Week 7 to the end of the season, then he could lead the league in receiving yards in 2020.
There are going to be high expectations for Brown with Tannehill at quarterback for a full 16-game season, but there’s no doubt in my mind that Brown and Tannehill have what it takes to live up to those expectations.