A.J. Brown

Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #1
Philadelphia Eagles
Wide Receiver #1
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A.J. Brown News

Part of blockbuster trade to Philly

Brown was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles for the 18th overall pick and a third-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft, Dianna Russini of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Philadelphia used one of its first-round picks to move up and select Jordan Davis, then used its other to bolster its receiving corps in a big way by securing one of the best young wide receivers in the league in Brown. Now in Philadelphia, Brown stands to lead a promising young receiving corps that also features DeVonta Smith.

Apr 28, 2022 7:05 PM EST

In line to skip offseason workouts

Brown isn't expected to participate in any on-field work during Titans' offseason program, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Analysis: The 2019 second-rounder, who is approaching the final year of his rookie deal with the team, is in line for a lucrative second NFL contract, especially considering some of the big payouts that fellow star wideouts have earned of late. With that in mind, ESPN's Turron Davenport relays that Brown doesn't plan to report for the start of the Titans' voluntary offseason program Monday. Though there's been some speculation that Tennessee might consider trading the 24-year-old, Dianna Russini of ESPN reported earlier this month that GM Jon Robinson is not taking calls from other teams on Brown, with Davenport adding that it's Robinson's stated goal to keep the talented pass catcher around beyond 2022. In 13 games last season, the 6-foot-1, 226-pounder caught 63 of his 105 targets for 869 yards and five TDs.

Apr 18, 2022 9:26 AM EST

Preliminary extension talks

Brown and the Titans have engaged in preliminary extension talks, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and it comes as little surprise that the Titans hope to ensure he doesn't reach free agency. Brown has served as a key to the passing offense in Tennessee since being a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, topping 50 receptions and 850 receiving yards in each of his three seasons. That primary thing slowing Brown down has been injury, as he has dealt with chest, knee and hamstring issues in recent campaigns. Nevertheless, he should be in line for a lucrative long-term extension given his notable production prior to the age of 25.

Mar 2, 2022 7:14 PM EST

Big performance in loss

Brown recorded five receptions on nine targets for 142 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 19-16 divisional-round loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: Brown matched his counterpart Ja'Marr Chase with several explosive plays, highlighted by a one-handed 33-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter. Prior to that, he also logged catches of 41 and 40 yards to account for the majority of his production. Though the campaign ends in disappointing fashion for the top-seeded team in the AFC, Brown recorded either a touchdown or topped 100 receiving yards in three of his last four games. His overall numbers fell in his third professional season -- in large part due to missing four games with hamstring and core injuries -- but he appears to be heading into the offseason healthy and will return to be the top receiver in Tennessee in 2022.

Jan 22, 2022 6:07 PM EST

Helps lock in top seed

Brown recorded four receptions on six targets for 68 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-25 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Brown recorded a 14-yard touchdown -- most of which came after the catch -- just before halftime to find the end zone for the fifth time this season. He also posted lengthy receptions of 24 and 16 yards to account for the majority of his production on the day. Brown had a disappointing season that was interrupted by chest and hamstring injuries, though he'll now head into the postseason having scored in two of his final three contests.

Jan 9, 2022 3:38 PM EST

Quiet against Dolphins

Brown recorded two receptions for 41 yards on five targets in Sunday's 34-3 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Brown turned in a poor performance from every angle. His primary problem was a lack of volume, as the Titans jumped out to an early lead leaving Ryan Tannehill to attempt only 18 passes. However, Brown converted less than half of his targets into catches, and he was held to 50 or fewer yards for the seventh time in 12 games on the campaign. Brown and the Titans could be in for a similar game script in Week 18 with a matchup against the Texans.

Jan 2, 2022 4:12 PM EST

Cleared for Week 17

Brown (calf) doesn't carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Dolphins after practicing fully Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown is thus good to go and in line to see plenty of action in Week 17, regardless of whether fellow wideout Julio Jones comes off the reserve/COVID-19 list. In the Titans' Week 16 win over the 49ers, Brown racked up 11 receptions on 16 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Dec 31, 2021 1:25 PM EST

Back at practice

Brown (calf) returned to practice Friday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Meanwhile, the star wideout downplayed the calf issue that led to him sitting out Thursday's session. Friday's final injury report is thus slated to clarify whether Brown approaches Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a Week 17 injury designation or fully cleared to play.

Dec 31, 2021 11:21 AM EST

Added to injury report

Brown (calf) didn't practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown practiced fully Wednesday, but his absence from Thursday's session makes his status for Sunday's game against the Dolphins worth monitoring closely. The Titans can ill-afford to be without Brown this weekend, especially considering that fellow wideouts Julio Jones and Nick Westbrook-Ikhine are currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Dec 30, 2021 1:38 PM EST

Energizes Tennessee's comeback

Brown tallied 11 receptions on 16 targets for 145 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Brown was activated from injured reserve ahead of the game Thursday, and he took the field for the first time since Week 11. He was involved in the offense throughout the contest, though he had recorded only five receptions for 24 yards through the first two quarters. However, he inspired an impressive Titans' comeback in the second half, highlighted by a 42-yard reception late in the third quarter and subsequently an 18-yard touchdown catch to cap the same drive. All told, it was Brown's second double-digit reception performance of the season, and the third time he's topped 100 receiving yards. Though Brown has had his season interrupted by injury, his performance should provide confidence that he will end the campaign in strong form.

Dec 23, 2021 9:03 PM EST

Activated from IR

Brown (chest) has officially been activated off IR by the Titans, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: With that, Brown is slated to play Thursday night against the 49ers, marking his first game action since Week 11. Meanwhile, Julio Jones is free of a Week 16 injury designation, meaning that the Titans -- who head into the contest with a depleted offensive line -- are, on the plus side, in line to have both of their top two wideouts available, which bolsters the offense as a whole, as well as the fantasy prospects of QB Ryan Tannehill.

Dec 23, 2021 1:26 PM EST

On track to play Thursday

The Titans plan to activate Brown (chest) from IR in advance of Thursday night's game against the 49ers, Nick Shook of NFL.com reports.

Analysis: Brown, who last suited up in Week 11, didn't experience any setbacks at practice this week and is thus in line to be officially activated later Thursday, setting the stage for him to play versus San Francisco. With teammate Julio Jones free of a Week 16 injury designation, the Titans are poised to have their top two wideouts available, which should provide the team's offense with a big lift down the stretch.

Dec 23, 2021 11:24 AM EST

Trending toward playing Thursday

Tennessee is expected to reinstated Brown (chest) from injured reserve ahead of Thursday's game against the 49ers, barring any setbacks in practice Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Sidelined since suffering a chest injury Week 11, Brown was designated to return from IR on Monday, with the move opening up a 21-day window for the Titans to evaluate him in practice. Based on how Brown has checked out during his first two walk-through sessions, the Titans aren't expected to need the full window to assess his health, and the 24-year-old wideout looks like he may even be ready to play on a short week. If the team plans on having Brown suit up against San Francisco, he won't have to be activated until a few hours prior to Thursday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, so official word on his Week 16 status may not arrive for another day. Brown's return in any capacity Thursday would be a big boon to a decimated Titans pass-catching corps that could be without Julio Jones, who aggravated a hamstring injury in last week's loss to the Steelers.

Dec 22, 2021 10:07 AM EST

Joining walkthrough Tuesday

Brown (chest) will take part in the Titans walkthrough during Tuesday's practice with the aim of getting him some "speed" during the week before determining his status for Thursday's game against the 49ers, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: Brown at least remains in consideration to suit up Thursday after seeing his 21-day evaluation window opened Monday. His estimated level of participation Tuesday should provide a clearer picture of his status, though his activation from injured reserve would be a better indication that he's ready to retake the field.

Dec 21, 2021 11:17 AM EST

Ready to practice

Tennessee designated Brown (chest) for return from injured reserve Monday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: The transaction opens up a 21-day window for Brown to be evaluated in practice and makes the wideout eligible to rejoin the 53-man roster as soon as the Titans' Week 16 game against the 49ers on Thursday. If Brown shows enough progress in his recovery from the chest injury during practice this week to put an end to his three-game absence against San Francisco, he should immediately step back in as Tennessee's No. 1 pass catcher. Brown's potential return Thursday would be an especially welcome development after fellow receiver Julio Jones suffered another setback with his hamstring injury in Tennessee's Week 15 loss to Pittsburgh, leaving the latter's availability in question.

Dec 20, 2021 1:34 PM EST

Lands on injured reserve

Brown (chest) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: Brown was already ruled out for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots, and he'll now be sidelined for at least two additional games with the chest injury. The Titans have their bye Week 13, so the 24-year-old will have an extra week to recover before being eligible to return Dec. 23 against San Francisco. It's another huge blow to Tennessee's receiving corps, as Brown is joining Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring) on IR. Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers and Dez Fitzpatrick will be the team's top wide receivers for the foreseeable future.

Nov 27, 2021 10:05 AM EST

Ruled out for Week 12

Brown (chest) won't play Sunday against the Patriots, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Brown unavailable and Julio Jones and Marcus Johnson both on IR with hamstring injuries, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers and Dez Fitzpatrick are in line to head the Titans' Week 12 wideout corps. Brown will thus target a potential return to action after the team's bye week, when Tennessee hosts Jacksonville on Dec. 12.

Nov 26, 2021 12:15 PM EST

Not seen on field Friday

Brown (chest) wasn't spotted at the open portion of Friday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: If he officially has a DNP next to his name Friday, Brown likely will head into the weekend with at least a questionable tag for Sunday's game at New England. In a receiving corps that already is down Julio Jones (hamstring) and Marcus Johnson (hamstring) due to being on injured reserve, the Titans have just Chester Rogers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and Dez Fitzpatrick as healthy wide receivers on the active roster.

Nov 26, 2021 11:51 AM EST

Listed as DNP on practice estimate

Brown (chest) was listed as a non-participant on Thursday's practice estimate, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: With Brown -- who left this past Sunday's game with a chest injury and did not return -- now having logged back-to-back 'DNP' listings, what the wideout is able to do at practice Friday will be telling with regard to his chances of suiting up Sunday against the Patriots. Given that Julio Jones and Marcus Johnson are both on IR with hamstring injuries, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine, Chester Rogers and Dez Fitzpatrick currently profile as the Titans' top healthy wide receiver options.

Nov 25, 2021 2:20 PM EST

Not practicing Wednesday

Brown (chest) wasn't spotted at practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.

Analysis: The wideout was forced out of this past weekend's loss to the Texans due to a chest injury, plus he previously exited the contest with a hand issue. With Brown not participating in Wednesday's practice, his status will need to be monitored closely as Sunday's game against the Patriots approaches. When available, Brown profiles as the top option in Tennessee's banged up offense.

Nov 24, 2021 12:46 PM EST

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