A.J. Brown
A.J. Brown
23-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Tennessee Titans
Questionable
Injury Knee
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Despite missing Weeks 2 and 3 last year with knee injuries the Titans’ medical staff had initially deemed season-ending, Brown managed a second straight 1,000-yard campaign. And while he regressed from his other-worldly and unsustainable 12.4 YPT as a rookie, Brown still netted 10.1 yards per look (4th). At 6-0, 226, Brown is built more like a workhorse running back than an outside receiver. As such, he’s a load to bring down, and his 4.49 speed seems to understate his ability to take short passes to the house. Despite seeing only 12 red-zone targets (T-34th), Brown scored 11 touchdowns (5th) last year. He had surgery on both knees after the year, underscoring the severity of the injuries through which he played. Still only 24, presumably healthy in time for training camp and now in Year 3, Brown is poised for another big season — this time with Julio Jones replacing Corey Davis as his running mate in Tennessee. Jones should see more targets than Davis, at least on a per-game basis, but the 32-year-old also attracts more defensive attention, and his presence could inspire new OC Todd Downing to throw more passes than predecessor Arthur Smith. Regardless of what happens with the new guy, Brown should take the lead. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $5.65 million contract with the Titans in June of 2019.
Ready for softer matchups
WRTennessee Titans
Knee
June 7, 2021
Brown (knee) will receive less attention from opposing defenses after the Titans acquired Julio Jones, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The Titans had seen a number of pass catchers leave via free agency this offseason, the most notable of which was Corey Davis. Without any proven replacements, Brown was set to see massive volume, but he would also have been the singular focus of opposing defenses. With Jones now in the mix, Brown may see his projected volume decrease, but he also should have more room to operate by avoiding double teams and potentially being matched up against the opposition's second cornerback rather than the first.
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How do A.J. Brown's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
80.5
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.59
 
% Team Air Yards
31.2%
 
% Team Targets
22.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
11.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
65.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.1
 
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29726%
25122%
22720%
17315%
313%
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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2020 A.J. Brown Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do A.J. Brown's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
226 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.49 sec
 
Vertical Jump
36.5 in
 
Broad Jump
120 in
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
32.88 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
As a 22-year-old rookie, Brown was the best per-play wide receiver in the NFL last year. Despite seeing only 84 targets from the combination of Marcus Mariota and Ryan Tannehill, Brown led all rookie receivers in yards and tied Darius Slayton with eight TDs. Brown's 12.5 YPT was first among the league's 52 80-target wideouts, and his eight catches of 40 yards also tied for first. And that doesn't include a 49-yard rushing TD, the icing on the cake. At 6-0, 226, Brown is a physical mismatch for most defensive backs. He's wide, strong and explosive, and his 4.49 speed makes him dangerous after the catch once the initial defender fails to bring him down. Brown also showed excellent hands with only two drops all year. While he has ideal red-zone size, he was rarely used there - only eight targets - yet he scored nine times. The biggest issue for Brown is opportunity. Coach Mike Vrabel and OC Arthur Smith ran an offense that finished last season with the second fewest pass attempts (448). That probably caps Brown's ceiling, as it's hard to see him among the league leaders in targets, especially with 2017 fifth overall pick Corey Davis, slot man Adam Humphries and emerging TE Jonnu Smith in the fold. But the team re-upped Tannehill, the QB with whom Brown had the most success, and if anything happens to Derrick Henry, whom the team franchise-tagged in March, the sky's the limit for Brown.
Taken with the 51st overall pick in this year's draft, Brown is a good prospect in a crowded situation. Not only did the Titans sign Adam Humphries to a big deal this offseason, but they already had 2017 No. 5 overall pick Corey Davis and also get tight end Delanie Walker back from injury. That said, at 6-1, 230, Brown is a powerhouse who runs exceptionally well (4.49 40) for his size. He presents matchup problems for smaller corners, is incredibly tough to bring down after the catch and has a 36.5-inch vertical leap. The question for Brown is mostly about role - not only is there competition for targets, but Marcus Mariota's star has faded the last two seasons, and Tennessee attempted 437 passes last year (31st) in an offense that eventually was built around running back Derrick Henry.
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Undergoes surgery on both knees
WRTennessee Titans
Knee
January 19, 2021
Brown revealed on social media Tuesday that he recently underwent surgery on both of his knees, Terry McCormick of TitanInsider.com reports.
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Solid line in loss
WRTennessee Titans
January 10, 2021
Brown recorded six receptions on 10 targets for 83 yards and a touchdown in the Titans' wild-card loss to the Ravens.
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Set to suit up Sunday
WRTennessee Titans
January 8, 2021
Brown (knee/hand) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's wild-card game versus the Ravens, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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Not spotted at practice
WRTennessee Titans
Knee
January 8, 2021
Brown (knee/hand) wasn't present at the portion of Friday's practice open to the media, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
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Sits out practice Thursday
WRTennessee Titans
Knee
January 7, 2021
Brown (knee/hand) didn't practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
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