WR A.J. Brown - Tennessee Titans
|6-0, 226||Born: 6-30-1997||College: Ole Miss||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2019|
2019 Week 1 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 100 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown's official NFL career started with a bang with a few huge plays in his first NFL regular season game. The first came very early as he hauled in 47-yard reception on the opening drive-. Brown found space in coverage as he was wide open for the catch. He then kepd pushing downfield with a defender around his waist until he shed the tackler and gained a few more yards. Later in the first half, Brown could have had a decent chance at a touchdown reception had Mariota not dramatically overthrown his target. Brown would come back on the first play of the second half with another huge play. He caught the ball in stride about 12 yards downfield before striding across the field, shedding 1 tackler, and making two more defenders miss as he turned it upfield to complete what would be a 51-yard gain. Overall, Brown would finish with 100 receiving yards from three receptiosn in his NFL debut.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown was targeted five times, catching three for 25 yards. His first reception came on the Titans' second drive as he was targeted with a short pass on third down, failing to convert. His second reception didn't come until the fourth quarter, but it was a nice catch as Brown worked the sidelined and showed great focus to hang on to the ball for an 11-yard gain. Brown would have another target in the fourth quarter bounce right off his hands as he was under tight coverage. He caught one more short pass on the final drive to finish his day.
2019 Week 3 vs JAX (5 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown managed to haul in just one reception for four yards after being targeted five times in a losing effort last week.
2019 Week 4 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 94 / 2 rec)
A.J. Brown had a big day where he would find the end zone for the first and second time in his NFL career. His first reception of the game was the biggest play of the day for any Titans player as Brown caught the ball in the middle of the field, made a slight fake to the right, then turned on the burners as he accelerated down the left side all the way to the end zone for a 55-yard touchdown reception. Brown's next catch would also find the end zone as Mariota lofted it above the Falcons defender so Brown could jump up from the fade route and snag it on the right sideline of the end zone for the score. Brown's final reception came near the start of the second quarter as he was wide open deep over the middle of the field, catching the pass in stride for a 30-yard gain.
2019 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown saw just two targets in this game--a disappointing showing to prove his rock bottom floor in this offense. Brown's first reception was his longest of the day as he hauled in a 14-yarder from a great play-action fake by Marcus Mariota. Brown would haul in a short pass over the middle for 13 yards midway through the fourth quarter. The kicker for Brown, however, was the touchdown taken off the board due to an illegal forward pass by Marcus Mariota. This would have marked Brown's third score of the season as he found himself wide open in the end zone.
2019 Week 6 vs DEN (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown had another forgettable outing this week as he managed to haul in just two receptions for 23 yards. His first reception came on the third drive of the game as Brown caught a short pass to the right side for 13 yards. He actually fumbled at the end of the play as the ball, to Brown's benefit, went out of bounds. Brown would hurt himself late in the game as he negated his own spectacular 42-yard reception with a self-induced pass interference penalty that brought the play back and ultimately stifled that drive. His final catch came in garbage time as he took another short pass 10 yards.
2019 Week 7 vs LAC (8 / 6 / 64 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
A.J. Brown led the team in targets with eight, hauling in six of them for 64 yards. He made his first three catches on the same drive just before halftime. His first came from a simple 5-yard in route ran well by Brown, who tacked on extra yards after the catch to complete a 16-yard gain. His next catch came two plays later on a deep route where Brown had to elevate to grab a high-thrown ball that he hauled in with a defender basically hanging off his back. His last catch of that drive was from a curl route just short of the end zone as Brown hauled it in for an 11-yard gain. Brown made three more catches on the same drive late in the fourth quarter. The first was a short pass for five yards. The second came on third down where Brown easily converted it, finding himself wide open for an 11-yard gain. The next catch also came on third down, but Brown was tackled just inches short as he was well covered and immediately tackled for just a six-yard gain.
2019 Week 8 vs TB (3 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
A.J. Brown had a quiet day with just three targets, but he found the end zone for what would end up being the game-winning score in the fourth quarter. The touchdown came from eight yards out as Brown ran a great route to cut off the defender and haul in a rocket thrown from Tannehill for the score just inside the pylon on the left side. Brown also saw a deep target before halftime but the ball was slightly overthrown as Brown couldn't come down with it.
2019 Week 9 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 81 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown led the Titans in targets and receiving yards in this loss to the Panthers. He hauled in a screen for his first reception of the game and did a good job turning upfield for a 23-yard gain. However, had Brown actually followed his blockers on the screen, he could have turned it into an even bigger gain. Brown had a blunder midway through the second quarter though, as he allowed a perfectly thrown pass to bounce off his hands and into those of a Panthers defender for an interception. His next touch didn't come until the start of the fourth quarter when Tannehill found Brown deep for a 35-yard gain with a well-thrown ball placed just over the shoulder of a full striding and well-covered Brown. He showed extraordinary concentration to haul that ball in with James Bradberry basically hanging off his back. Brown would take advantage of soft coverage in garbage time to haul in a few more receptions in the fourth quarter to close out his day.
2019 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown was targeted four times, but managed to catch just one pass on a slant route for 17 yards about midway through the fourth quarter. Brown had a chance to make a huge fourth-down conversion late in the fourth quarter as Tannehill put a ball on the money to Brown who had it caught against his stomach while falling to the ground, but he let the ball get away from him and touch the ground for the incompletion.
2019 Week 12 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 135 / 1 rec)
A.J. Brown was the top wide receiver on the field for the Titans low-volume passing attack. Despite seeing just five targets, Brown finished with an impressive stat line thanks in large part to a big 65-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter. Brown did pretty much all the work on the big touchdown, as he hauled in a relatively routine catch 12 yards downfield before turning on the jets as he accelerated past A.J. Bouye and picked up a great block from Corey Davis before finally taking it into the end zone. Earlier in the second half, Brown had another big play as he found himself wide open on a deep crossing route and hauled in the pass for a 36-yard gain. He would finish the game off with another short reception of 15 yards, but the big news for Brown was the focus on him by Tannehill--as Brown had two more targets than any other Titans receiving option and has led wide receivers in targets for three straight weeks.
2019 Week 13 vs IND (4 / 3 / 45 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown finished as the top receiver for the Titans, tying for the team lead with just four targets. He had a nice contested catch across the middle for 11-yards on the second drive of the game. Brown would haul in another one in the third quarter for 16 yards. He then ran a nice out route for another 16-yard catch near the start of the fourth quarter. Brown's only incompletion was a controversial one, as the play was challenged by the Colts with the thought that Brown caught the pass but fumbled. Ultimately, the call was upheld as an incomplete pass.
2019 Week 14 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 153 / 2 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
A.J. Brown had a career day this week as he finished with 153 yards and two touchdowns from five receptions. Brown's day actually got started on the ground as he rushed for 13 yards and a first down on a sweeping handoff to the left side. He hauled in a short pass on the second drive, but his fantasy day exploded on the Titans' third possession when Brown hauled in a 91-yard touchdown--the longest passing play in Titans franchise history. Brown simply outran the defensive back and was the recipient of a perfectly thrown deep ball from Ryan Tannehill. Brown showed great concentration to bring in the ball and flexed his strength as he ran right through an arm tackle before accelerating to the end zone. Brown would haul in the next pass from Tannehill as well, opening up their fourth drive of the game with a 22-yard reception of which Brown accounted for more than half the yards after turning it upfield and accelerating. A few plays later in that drive, he found the end zone yet again on his next reception near the end of the second quarter. The catch came on a quick slant route over the middle as Brown hauled it in about six yards downfield before turning towards the end zone and accelerating full force into a Raiders defender about three yards from the goal line. Brown's size gave him the advantage on that collision though, as he bounced to the right and leaped over the goal line for the 16-yard touchdown reception. Brown would see a few looks in the third quarter, but he only caught one pass for 12 yards to get the Titans into the red zone and help set up their third touchdown of the game.
2019 Week 15 vs HOU (13 / 8 / 114 / 1 rec)
A.J. Brown saw a career-high 13 targets this week as he was the featured piece of this Titans offense. His day got started with a bang as Brown hauled in the first pass play of the game for a huge 60-yard gain. It was an impressive deep ball from Ryan Tannehill to catch Brown in full stride, who made the catch over his shoulder and ran another few yards before going out of bounds. Brown had another chance at making a clutch play on third down later in this drive, but he couldn't hold on to the ball coming down on the left sideline. Brown would also drop his next target on the following drive. Beyond those couple of drops, however, there would be only positive things to say about Brown's play. He caught a pair of out routes for 11-yard gains just before halftime to help move the chains. Brown then chipped in with two more catches on the first drive of the second half--the first coming on the left sideline causing Brown to elevate to make the grab, and the second thrown slightly behind Brown which caused him to quickly turn back to snare the catch. After heavy involvement in the offense all day, Brown finally found the end zone near the start of the fourth quarter as he hauled in the pass from five yards out. It was a long play on which Brown's route was busted, so he did a great job scrambling in the end zone to find space and come back to Tannehill's throw to make the play just over the goal line.
2019 Week 16 vs NO (2 / 1 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 49 / 1 rush)
A.J. Brown saw just two targets with one reception in this game as he had a minimal impact through the air. What vaulted Brown into the end zone was actually a running play midway through the first quarter. Brown was lined up on the right side and swung left through the backfield, taking a pitch from Tannehill and immediately cut back to the middle of the field as he read the blocks downfield. Brown made it through one tackle attempt and outran the entire defense on his way to the 49-yard touchdown run to put the Titans up by two scores. Brown did haul in a 15-yard reception on the next drive, but it was called back due to an offensive holding penalty. His only actual reception of the game came late in the fourth quarter on a deep ball from Tannehill down the left sideline. Brown hauled it in over his shoulder as Tannehill hit him perfectly in stride.
2019 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 124 / 1 rec)
A.J. Brown may have only finished with four receptions, but he made a huge impact on this game with a couple of very big plays while leading the team with eight targets. Brown's first touch was a short pass for a minimal gain, but on the very next play, Brown would haul a reception while under tight coverage about 10 yards downfield. Brown shed his would-be tackler and proceeded to race down the sideline, beating safety Eric Reid to the end zone for a 51-yard score. Near the start of the second quarter, Brown made another big play as he found himself wide open over the middle to receive a pass from Marcus Mariota for 24 yards. With his final catch of the day, Brown picked up another huge gain near the start of the fourth quarter as he brought down a deep ball in double-coverage just one yard short of the goal line for a 47-yard pickup. Brown did a great job concentrating to bring the ball in and get both feet down while falling out of bounds with two defenders on top of him.
2019 Week 18 vs NE (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
A.J. Brown was shut down by the Patriots secondary as he was targeted just one time on a screen pass, hauling it in for a meager four-yard gain. Under tough coverage from Stephon Gilmore, Brown was mostly a run-blocker and decoy target in a game that saw just 72 passing yards from the Titans offense.
2019 Week 19 vs BAL (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
A.J. Brown was relatively invisible as a receiver, seeing just three targets and hauling in only one reception for nine yards midway through the third quarter. It was a big play for the Titans though, as that catch converted a third down to help keep the clock moving. Brown also rushed once for nine yards on a jet sweep in the second quarter. Brown now has just two catches for 13 yards in the postseason.
2019 Week 20 vs KC (6 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Brown caught the first pass of the day from Ryan Tannehill, coming off a play-action fake as Brown found himself open about 11 yards downfield. He made a move and added a stiff arm before turning upfield to gain an extra 15 yards as he completed the longest play of the day for the Titans--a 37-yard gain. That really was his only highlight of this game though, as caught just two more short passes while getting missed on a couple of deep opportunities throughout this game.